Update: It will cost $6000 every two years, with three lines of service, and with unlimited data. My problem with it running off a slower network still stands. Thanks, Matt, for making me look at this again. Ah, the beauty of brotherly accountability.

This just in…do the math and you will be amazed how much this thing will cost you. I am a Mac man, but this is crazy. I like the new technology Apple is rolling out, but this kind of technology wedded to a network that cannot support the demands will be a loss for those who purchase this phone. Just so you know, the iPhone will be running off AT&T’s Edge network (not the faster broadband speeds of G3). That translates into slower download times, which translates into more frustration as you wait for your cool web page to load up.

Check out Mercola’s breakdown of the annual cost for a Family Plan with iPhone.

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  1. Matt,

    The point of the table on that page is that the cost of those family plans is basically the same whether or not you use an iPhone.

    Matt

  2. I don’t think so. The pricing on the iPhone is higher than the regular AT&T Wireless voice plans. Those features that are on the iPhone package are required when you get the device. The iPhone service is going to cost $30/mo more than regular family plan. This is not including if you get the unltd data (tack another $20/mo onto the bill). Where do you see the point of the chart being what you said?

  3. What I meant by “those family plans” is that a comparable family plan with data is basically the same (actually the iPhone plan seems to be about $10/mo cheaper). There is certainly a difference if one doesn’t already have data on their plan.

    Sounds like we’re in violent agreement. :-)

    Matt

  4. Hey, I’ve been an Apple man since the mid 80’s! Starting with an Apple II, then an Apple IIgs (which paid for college), Mac SE 30. I just couldn’t afford an Apple. :-)

    Matt

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Returning

Return ArrowLike a long, boring letter or conversation, there’s a tendency to tune out. I pray I haven’t bored you by my long silence. Life has been full of many winding turns over the last year and I am just now getting my feet under me. I am re-thinking and re-tooling my blogging and writing.

I would like for you to enter the conversation and be a part of this part process blog, part resourcing blog, part rumination blog. Would you help me by sending me questions or topics you’d like me to deal with? You can send me an email or make a comment on this post.

I wait. . .

Newtown

If you haven’t heard yet, yesterday marked a dark point in our nation’s history. In Newtown, CT 20 children and 8 adults were shot and killed; all but one victim (the assailant’s mother) were killed at Sandy Creek Elementary School.

 

There are a lot of questions and a lot of grief and a lot of anger as people reflect on the lives of those who were murdered—most of whom were 5-10 years old. I am acutely aware of the sadness and are numb to the fact that evil can and will visit any corner of our globe. Let’s pray for the families who have lost sweet children during this Advent Season. I spent a few extra minutes snuggling with my 6 and 4 year old last night; I’d encourage you to do the same.

 

And in light of Christ’s birth as a child, I was reminded of the horrific events surrounding Christ’s first coming. Matthew tells us in his gospel of such a gruesome action:

Matt. 2:16   Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

Matt. 2:18    “A voice was heard in Ramah,

                        weeping and loud lamentation,

                        Rachel weeping for her children;

                        she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

 

The one who was supposed to protect the innocent, murdered them due to pride and wickedness in his heart.

As the decibel level increased by the cries of mothers and fathers who saw their children murdered, the wrath of God’s anger increased. Yet we know how the story ends, don’t we? The wrath that we all deserve as murderers of neighbors (by casting an angry eye upon them). Liars. Adulterers. Thieves. Unrighteous. We know that the wrath of God welled up and was poured out upon. . .his Son. Let us never forget the death that Christ died offers hope for all those who have lost hope and cannot be comforted.
May we, with Israel of old, cry out, “Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus. Set all that is wrong to right.”

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Your Father Who Sees Your Real (not contrived) Status

I recently came across a witty, but hauntingly truthful sentence from Will Ferrell. He said, “May your life one day be as awesome as you pretend it is on Facebook.”

Why haunting, because it rings with a lot of truth to it. Too many folks have abdicated real life for the fantasy of cyber fellowship. Media is not ethical in nature; how it is utilized determines the ethics behind social media. Therefore, it is foolish to condemn all social media because it is social media. Merely because someone uses Facebook for unsavory ends does not mean that the medium is, itself, unsavory.

I fear people have not thoughtfully engaged in how to capitalize and use the medium (just like we have used radio, television, and the telephone) as a means to spread the glory of God’s fame. However, there are many of us who have swerved off-kilter to the other side of unthoughtfulness. I am reminded about Jesus’ admonition to his disciples that they be careful not to practice their righteousness in order to receive men’s praise (Matthew 6). If we were able to peel back the layers of various Facebook posts or tweets, we might find that our lives are more boring and less connected that we would like to imagine.

More than anything this is merely a caution, not a rebuke (unless, that is, you find that you are guilty). Do you find an insatiable desire to post your latest picture of yourself smiling broadly with your BFF at the trendy restaurant? Maybe your desire isn’t insatiable. Perhaps it’s merely a matter of course. You have so wedded your life to the cyber-world you can’t imagine actually engaging flesh and blood without pixelating them. It is is a sad state of affairs when we constantly glance at the floor (checking for the latest update) rather than look our companion in the eyes.

Let’s be careful to have integrity on the world-wide web. Is that dinner you had at Applebee’s really the “most awesome of salads I have ever eaten”? Is that trip with your friends “better than any trip I have had in my existence”? What are the other 999 friends of yours to think who took a trip of a similar value just last week with you?

Yes, be careful. God knows your true status and he is patiently waiting for you to rest in that status.