Determining the Real Cost of the iPhone

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.

Existing Customer

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.

Accessories

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.

Apps

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.

The iPhone Comes Home to Verizon – Are You Ready?

It’s a great day to be a Verizon customer. If you haven’t gotten the news yet, the iPhone is now available on both AT&T and Verizon. Verizon customers have been waiting a long time for the iPhone, but is it really worth the wait? That’s what you can expect to find out after reading this guide!

If there ever was a device that’s been hyped up by the media inside and out, it’s definitely the iPhone. Even though there are plans for a 5th generation device, the current model in use right now is the iPhone 4.

One thing that you have to understand right off the bat is that this is going to be a slightly different phone than what you would have found on AT&T. That’s because there are two different standards at play here. On AT&T you have GSM, which is mainly used overseas, and on Verizon you have CDMA, which is more or less unique to North America and a few other places. There are some serious differences between the two, which means that you have to make sure that you know what you’re getting into with the iPhone. It’ll be a lot less painful that way!

Speed isn’t going to be a problem with the Verizon iPhone — you’ll be able to take full advantage of those 1xEV-DO rev A speeds, as you might expect. Initial reviews have been pretty positive of this fact, which means that Verizon users can look forward to browsing websites and exchanging data faster than they might have been able to in the past.

The screen is still huge at 640×960 pixels, and you can rest assured that the colors are still as vibrant and heavy as they were on the AT&T. Retina is definitely a good thing.

The nice part about the iPhone on Verizon is that the interface is much the same. The call quality is a lot higher on Verizon than it is on the AT&T network, but that’s not the only thing that’s superior.

On Verizon, the iPhone 4 can act as a mobile hotspot. If you’re traveling along and you want to make sure that everyone around you can connect to the Internet, then you will definitely want to step up to the plate with the Verizon model more than the AT&T version. However, don’t think that this will be a freebie: you will need to pay $20/mo on top of your normal data costs to have the ability to share a data connection with up to 5 devices.

Is the Verizon powered iPhone worth it? At this point, we would definitely have to say yes. However, be prepared to find that Verizon’s overall costs are a bit higher than what you might have experienced on AT&T. It just depends. Right now, Verizon has unlimited iPhone data, but this is something that could change as popularity grows.

Will this new information steer you to Verizon, or you’ll be staying with AT&T? Sound off in the comments!

New iPhone could be set to arrive this summer

There are strong rumours that the latest model in Apple’s iPhone range – the iPhone 5 is about to start production – with the aim that it will be in the shops in time for summer 2012. With the iPhone officially becoming the biggest selling Smartphone on the market during the latter quarter of 2011, this represents major news for enthusiasts, and the rumours come from a reliable source – namely Foxconn in China, via the 9to5 Mac website – meaning that there is plenty of reason for iPhone fans to get excited in the early part of this year.

With the rumours appearing to have a solid basis in fact, the speculation is already beginning about exactly what Apple will be offering consumers when it comes to the eagerly anticipated iPhone 5. The sources have indicated that more than one prototype of the iPhone 5 is in existence, all of which vary to some degree from the others, with the result that not even those working on the production of it are completely sure what the form factor will be eventually be for the iPhone 5. However the report provided by the sources does provide some indications as to standard features included in all the prototypes, and which it can therefore be feasibly assumed will be part of the eventual release. These include a form factor different from the iPhone 4S, a bigger 4-inch screen and the abandonment of the teardrop design. It has also been indicated that the iPhone 5 is longer and wider than the 4S, which makes sense as it is set to feature a bigger screen.

The fact that production on the iPhone 5 appears to be starting now has definitely raised hopes that Apple are planning a summer launch for it, which would match the strategy adopted so successfully for the 4S – check out the latest rumours on the new Dialaphone mobile phones at the website.

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