HOW MUCH IS AN IPHONE 4

Apple released the iPhone 4 in June of 2010 on AT&T and in other parts of the world. The smartphone made its way to Verizon on February 2011. The price of the iPhone 4 majorly relies on the cost of the iPhone itself plus monthly service fee charges.

Cost of Phone Itself

For the lowest price on the acquisition cost of the iPhone, one must sign up for a two-year contract with Verizon or AT&T.

New AT&T clients get the subsidized prices similar to existing customers who are eligible for an upgrade. AT&T subscribers not eligible for an upgrade are charged “Early Upgrader” charges which also require a two-year commitment:

- 16GB iPhone 4: $399

- 32GB iPhone 4: $499

The contract-free prices under AT&T are:

- 16GB iPhone 4: $599

- 32GB iPhone 4: $699

All AT&T customers are charged with an upgrade fee of $18 irrespective of whether they are eligible for the discounted prices or not.

Verizon Wireless offers similar subsidized prices to its new customers and those eligible for upgrades. The non-eligible for upgrades have to pay the full price although they can take advantage of Verizon’s Trade-In Program:

- 16GB iPhone 4: $199

- 32GB iPhone 4: $299

The full retail prices are:

- 16GB iPhone 4: $649

- 32GB iPhone 4: $749

Monthly Service Charges

Purchasing an iPhone 4 with a service contract calls for a data plan, voice plan and a text messaging plan.

AT&T

  • Voice Plans
  • The plan offers a certain number of nationwide calling minutes plus free calling to other AT&T phones. The plans comprise of:

    $69.99/ month for unlimited voice minutes

    $59.99/ month for 900 voice minutes

    $39.99/ month for 450 voice minutes

    Except the unlimited plan, the others include rollover minutes that allow one to save unused voice minutes and apply them to the next bill should the minutes go over those allotted in the plan.

  • Data Plans
  • There are two options offered under this category:

    Data Plus: $15/month allowing access to 200MB data

    Data Pro: $25/month allowing access to 2GB data

    An additional of $20/month tethering plan is charged to allow the use of the iPhone as a tethered modem.

  • Text Plans
  • Without a plan every text message sent is 20 cents and every picture/ video message is 30 cents. With a plan, the charges are:

    $20/month for unlimited messages

    $15/month for 1500 sent or received messages any additional is 5 cents each

    $5/month for 200 messages sent or received with any additional charge 10 cents

    Verizon Wireless

  • Voice Plans
  • Offers three voice plans for the iPhone:

    $69.99/ month for unlimited voice minutes

    $59.99/ month for 900 voice minutes

    $39.99/ month for 450 voice minutes

  • Data Plans
  • 2GB Data Bundle with Personal Email: $30/ month

    5GB Data Bundle with Personal Email: $50/ month

    10GB Data Bundle with Personal Email: $80/ month

  • Text Plans
  • Without a plan, charges are 20 cents per text message and 25 cents per video/ picture message. With a plan, the charges are as follows.

    $20/month for unlimited messages

    $10/month for 500 messages plus unlimited mobile to mobile messaging

    $5/month for 250 messages