Tuesday, May 13, 2008

iPhone Total Cost of Ownership Calculator

I drool a bit when I see my friend’s shiny new iPhones.However, I'd carefully shopped to find the lowest total cost of ownership for a Blackberry and tethered laptop data service so I knew the iPhone could be expensive.I wanted to see the total cost of ownership for the iPhone from AT&T when I added back in all the functionality that I have now from Verizon.

I’m comparing my current:

+ Verizon Blackberry 8703e
+ Tethered modem cable (which gives me unlimited data for my laptop)
+ Family-share second phone


+ AT&T iPhone
+ Verizon EVDO data card (the AT&T card was the same price with worse reception)
+ Family-plan second phone

The results were terrible. For two years of phone, laptop modem service, and 2nd phone:

+ Verizon: $3840 ($160/month)
+ AT&T: $6498 ($271/month)

As much as I drool over the iPhone, I’m going to have to wait for AT&T to drop their rates (by $111/month) before I can make the switch! You can find the wiki spreadsheet I used to calculate these costs and calculate your own TCO, here:
Please let me know in the comments if you find any errors. I’d love to find out some way in which the iPhone is cheaper!
P.S. So far I’ve found these “discounts”:

+ By waiting one year, the two Verizon contracts expire, saving $350 ($15/month)
+ If I don’t get an iPhone, I’ll probably upgrade to a Blackberry 8830, cost: $200 ($8/month)


Blogger Greg said...

my iphone is only $75 a month and that's ok for me... I pay an additional $60 for my evdo through sprint but that's still less then you pay.


12:12 AM  
Blogger JohnWm said...

Greg, That's about in line with what I'm doing. I get to $160 a month by adding a 2nd phone ($35/mo or so), so your ($75/mo + $60/mo = $135/mo) sounds about right. Still it's strikingly expensive for these toys!

3:25 PM  

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