None if this will dissuade the fan boys lining up for a taste of Macintosh goodness…but for some of us who are not completely controlled by the “reality distortion field” we will at least go into the process with more information.
Piper Jaffray says iPhone 3G’s real cost to users: $407
The financial firm’s senior analyst Gene Munster explains that the multi-tiered iPhone 3G prices, which vary depending on the customer’s existing status with AT&T, masks the real cost of entry for many users.
The typical price for an 8GB iPhone is more likely to be a considerably higher $407 based on what most will actually pay, according to the report. That cost is just above the $399 price for non-upgradable AT&T customers and is more than double the $199 price touted by Apple and AT&T in their marketing campaigns — a sticker price which is strictly a “best case scenario” not likely to be seen by many, Munster says.
The often-criticized monthly plan is also said to be a shield for the true cost of owning a phone and may well scare off some customers. Equaling the original iPhone’s plans, including the 200 text messages, costs $75 per month, or $15 more per month than what subscribers have to pay for the earlier handset. Even with ideal pricing, an owner of an iPhone 3G ultimately pays $360 more than they would have before over the life of the phone’s two-year contract.
(via apple insider)