As I’m sure many of you know from Twitter, I went out and bought the iPhone 4S on Friday. Everybody was talking about those crazy line-ups. Well, I just strolled into the store in Metrotown, and 10 minutes later, came out with the 32GB (white).
Now, I was originally going to agree to a contract extension with Rogers Wireless in order to get the iPhone at a discounted price. But after checking my hardware eligibility, as well as the Early Cancelation Fee for service (ECF) and the Data Early Cancelation Fee (DECF), I decided to buy my iPhone directly from the Apple store, unlocked, and for full price.
Meaning, I just dropped $838.88 ($749 + tax) on a cell phone.
First, it was a given that I was going to buy the new iPhone. I knew that months ago. And I don’t care what anyone says, I was really impressed with the features of the 4S. I have no idea what the 5 will be like (I’m sure it will be amazing), but I don’t see myself upgrading again for a really long time. This phone is my birthday present to myself, and it is my reward to myself for what I would consider to be a really productive year – both personally and professionally.
Back in Fall 2009, I started my quest to get the iPhone 3GS, and in January 2010, I bought it for $299 and agreed to a 3-year contract which takes me to February 1, 2013. Meaning, I’m about mid-way through my contract.
In order to upgrade to the 4S with Rogers, I would have to agree to a new 3-year contract (taking me to October 2014) and pay: $319 (for the phone) + $150 (Early Upgrade Fee) + $35 (Admin Fee) = $504 + tax
It hardly seemed worth it, considering an unlocked phone directly from Apple (with no contract) was only $245 more.
If I decided to buy the phone with Rogers and agree to the new 3-year term, my Early Cancelation Fee would reset back to the maximum of $400, and the Data Early Cancelation Fee would be back at $100. PLUS, the plan that I have no longer exists anymore, and is still cheaper than all of the data plans available on the Rogers website for new customers. So I’d most likely lose out on that too.
A few years ago, I wouldn’t hesitate to sign up for another 3-year contract. But to be honest, I don’t know where I’m going to be 3 years from now. Scary, but true. And I’d rather pay a bit more to not have to worry about a cell phone contract for the next 3 years of my life. Plus, it seems like paying full price for the phone will be cheaper in the long run, than paying $504 plus the ECF and DECF should I choose to get out of the contract before the 3 years is up.
Still, $838.88 is a lot of money and is not to be taken lightly. Even though I use my phone a lot for business purposes, my old phone worked fine (I’m passing it down to my boyfriend). But if you know me at all in real life, you will know how important my iPhone has become to me. Because I’m so busy, it helps keep me organized, and I’m on it constantly.
After I crunched all of the numbers, I knew the final decision would come down to whether it was worth the money to me. And it is. I have the money in savings to pay for the phone in cash, and none of my other financial goals will suffer because of it. I have no debt, aside from my mortgage, and I am running a profitable side business. Still, typical of me, I feel a bit guilty for spending so much on a want, not a need. So, just to make myself feel a bit better, I took on a couple of extra writing contracts (that I normally wouldn’t take) over the next few weeks which will more than make up the value of the phone. All of that money will go to replace the money I took out of savings.
And there you have it – my story on how I spent $838.88 on a phone. :) I played with it a lot over the weekend, and I’m extremely impressed with iMessage, the new camera, HD video recording, and Siri. I can see myself using Siri a lot, actually.
Did you upgrade to the iPhone 4S?