Originally Posted by jfanning
I'm not, I asked if the experience he/she was getting from their current phone was twice that of a phone priced half as much. I haven't mentioned a brand there, it was the other user that stated they had an iPhone.
I know for a fact if I was going to purchase an iPhone today, it would cost 4 times what my current phone cost, and the monthly charges would be 2-3 times as high as my current charges. Would I can that much benefit from the iPhone, no I wouldn't, but I am not saying that others will feel the same way.
I have had my iPhone 3GS for about a month, and I can absolutely say that we (incl my family) are getting a benefit that is worth more than the $47 extra (vs staying with my previous phone without a data plan). How do I arrive at $50 as the value/cost threshold? Phone cost about $320 (incl tax.) Split over 24 months, so that's $13.33/month. (With such low interest rates, the cost of the $320 is negligible on a monthly basis over 24 months.) Add in the $30 data plan plus additional taxes, or approx $33. Rounded, that makes $47/month. With my previous phone, I never used it except to make phone calls; everything else was a huge hassle - several layers of menus and clicks just to do anything.
Suppose I got a different phone for free (like a Blackberry Curve) but also with a $30 data plan. Then the difference is $13.33 per month (actually would be almost $1 less as I'd have had to buy a microSD card). I've used a Blackberry for work and so I can compare, and once again, I'm sure that my family has received a value worth more than $12.50 during this past month.
The apps have made a huge difference - especially the games (mostly free for now) and the apps that make accessing web services so much easier. And for those things where the Blackberry also has the same feature (like music, camera, video, web access), the large screen and ease of use of the iPhone makes it so much better and fun, and for us, much more likely to use.