Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mom, I want an iPhone for Christmas!

or Palm Pre or Droid....

For the most part all of these phones are the same, but I think the bottom line is just startling. I think if people saw a "TOTAL COST OF CONTRACT" line on their cell phone bill they'd be a little more hesitant to sign up for the latest and greatest phone.

Motorola Droid vs iPhone 3GS vs Palm Pre





Think about $2,500 for a palm pre and $3,800 for the iphone or droid. Remember these are after-tax dollars to you. You have to earn $6,000 to $7,000 pre-tax to pay for the most expensive cell phones and plans. I guess if you have to have one, the palm pre is a relative deal, but $6,000 would look a lot better in your retirement account than in AT&T's sales data.

1 comment:

Dylan said...

Those are definitely hugely expensive phones but, by the same token, it's important to remember that there are methods for effectively keeping cell bills in check. We tend to think of wireless costs as fixed, but you can tinker with your plan to optimize your features to best suit your usage and often save significant cash in the process. I know this because I work in the consumer advocacy division of the company Validas, where we electronically audit and subsequently reduce the average cell bill by 22 percent through our website, http://www.fixmycellbill.com (and I'll add that 22 percent equates to over $450 per year for the average user). Put simply, Validas guards against frivolous and unnecessary charges that inflate your cell bill more than it should be for your usage. You can find out for free if fixmycellbill.com can modify your plan to better suit your needs by going to the website.

For more info, check out Validas in the national news media, most recently on Fox News at http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/consumer/conlaw/lower_cell_phone_bills_072409 .

Good luck to everyone reading on cutting costs, especially in light of this unforgiving economy.

Dylan
Consumer Advocacy, fixmycellbill.com