Snarky Behavior

I Want an iPhone

July 10, 2008 · 1 Comment

…but I have a two-year contract with Sprint.  If I cancel, it’s a $150 Early Termination Fee (ETF).

It’s already $199 for the iPhone.

Voice-Plan will be $39.99 for 450 minutes.

Data-Plan will be $30.00 on top of that.

Activation fee is $36.00.

Text-Messages is where it gets tricky.  I can send/receive 200 texts per month for $5, or do unlimited for $20.  Overage is $.70 per text.  (What a f*cking racket!)

Game-Plan

Since Sprint has been consistently sucking me dry for using its data-service off-plan, my monthly bills have been averaging around $100-$110 for the past 4 to 5 months.  Even if I’m paying $75-80 per month (plus any text overages) to AT&T, I’m definitely saving money in the long run by making the switch.

Although it looks like ETFs are going the way of the dinosaur (or at least will be modified on a pro-rated basis), I’m too impatient to wait for Sprint to adopt a reasonable policy.  I’ve heard of people swapping their cell-phone contratual liabilities but I’ll just as soon pay the fee.  YOU HEAR ME SPRINT?  I’VE BEEN A CUSTOMER SINCE 2002 BUT I’M SICK OF YOUR SHIT!!  (I like the idea of PR people trolling small time blogs like mine and reporting back negative consumer reviews to the brand management division).

Apparently I can sell my Kitana II for $50.  So there’s some rebate to my ETF.

So yeah.  It looks like the real cost of the iPhone, for me at least, will be $335 up front, and about $80 or so per month over 2 years, totaling $2255.

If I stay with Sprint, and continue to be charged $100 per month (for drunkenly checking my G-Mail while waiting for the late night 2 train), it will cost $2400.

iPhone it is!

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  • John // July 10, 2008 at 8:39 pm | Reply

    I’m right there with you. I don’t like the pricing plan though. I feel it’s pretty steep for service, but it’s ultimately cheaper than a Blackberry (at least for my usage plan).

    Get ready to geek out though, I’m going to find some sweet apps.

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