Everyone and their mother seems to have an iPhone these days, but a lot of people just don’t realize the cost of the phone when going into the store to pick one up for the first time. Things like accessories and plan upgrades all play a factor in your plan’s pricing and yearly cost. If you’re wondering how much that iPhone will really cost you, consider these things.
If you’re already an AT&T or Verizon customer, you can head into the store or look online at what’s involved with upgrading your phone. Phone upgrades are common, but prices for phones are different depending on the line you’re talking about. With AT&T, you could have one phone on a plan that has a better upgrade deal than another. It’s quite common to switch upgrade options and discounts around different numbers to get the best bang for the buck. Discounts and upgrade bonuses are given based on how much money you’ve spent with your provider before. You can spend some time on the AT&T website to see exactly what they’re willing to offer you depending on which line you decide to use to upgrade or purchase a new iPhone.
Another thing to consider are the accessories you’ll inevitably buy for your new iPhone. Most people buy cases and headsets, so remember to account for an extra $50 worth of stuff for your new phone before ever leaving the store.
Face it, there are a lot of cool apps and features you’ll want to take advantage of with your new smartphone. While there are a lot of free applications available for the phone, some of them just don’t quite match the performance and capabilities of paid apps. Remember that you’ll probably be buying a few apps throughout the year and that they’ll set you back about $50.
And if you’re a big app user and don’t already have an unlimited data plan, it’s a good idea to try and plan for overages that may cost a few cents or a hefty chunk of change.
Remember, it’s easy to get sucked into the allure of a new phone, but unless you know how much it will cost you in the long run, it may be best to hold off a few months until you know that you can actually afford all of the extras involved.