Rumors of all kinds are twirling on Twitter and all over the Web about the next iPhone. The most sensational is that the iPhone 5 will cost $800. Tweets are suggesting that for this price, the iPhone better have super-hero-status abilities such as [for $800 it better] “catch itself when I drop it,” “turn into a jet when I put it on flight mode,” and “jump back out of my teacher’s pocket when she takes it away.”
Hilarious. So, judging by such reactions, it seems that most would not want to pay such a high price for the new iPhone. And the truth is, Apple (non-BBB Accredited, A+ rated) has not confirmed many details about the device, including its retail price. But what consumers should remember is that if you purchase the new iPhone along with a new service agreement, you’re not going to pay anywhere near $800. The service provider makes up retail costs with you through the monthly payments you make for service, per your two-year contract.
If you don’t purchase the phone with a service plan, however, or if you happen to lose it or break it and need to buy one outright, it could indeed cost you a pretty penny. According to TIME, iPhone prices without a two-year contract are currently as follows: 8GB iPhone 4 costs $549, 16GB iPhone 4S costs $649, 32GB iPhone 4S costs $749 and the 64GB iPhone 4S costs $849.
Personally, I am not anti-Apple or anything but I get annoyed by “i-gadget” hype, especially every time something new comes out before it’s really necessary, which seems to be all of the time. And no, I’ve never bought an iPhone in my life and don’t plan to so I’d never pay several hundred dollars for one – even if it did catch itself when I dropped it.
Would you? What are your thoughts on iPhone mania?