How much will that Nexus One and T-Mobile service really cost you?

How much will that Nexus One and T-Mobile service really cost you?
The folks over at BillShrink have taken a look at four of the most popular smartphones, including the iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre, Motorola DROID, and Google Nexus One to see what their total cost of ownership would be. This is computed based on the price of the phone and the price of monthly service. The Nexus One will cost $179 with contract and the unlimited calling, text and data plan will be $99/month. Add this all together for 24 months and you will get $2579, or if you go with the 1000 minute plan with unlimited data/text it's $2339. Comparable to this in price is the Palm Pre, which will set you back $2549 over 24 months with unlimited voice, text and 5GB data, or $2309 with 900 minutes. Up next is the iPhone 3GS and Motorola DROID, both of which will cost you $3799 with unlimited voice, text and 5GB data over 24 months, or $2839 with 900 minutes.

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source: BillShrink



1. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

The fact that we do spend two to three grand every couple years on something as ubiqutous as cell phone service is almost maddening.

2. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

+1 for your comment. Wish i could give another +1 for the use of the word "ubiquitous"

3. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

danka! totally mispelled it on my post ... but yinz got the meaning.

6. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

It is a lot of money but most people who have smartphones use it for making money so the pros far out weigh the cons

7. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Maybe a year or two ago ... but these days I have a ton of friends both post-college and college students that have no business having a smartphone carrying around their iPhones, Droids, and Pres just to be cool. Apparently they missed out on Finance 101.

4. Sufcc

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 28, 2008

There is no limit to VZW smartphone plans, why do some sites still state its a 5GB limit. That only applies to Mobile Broadband and tethering. Also Verizon will be getting the Nexus One in Spring 2010...Some nice new updates to Android 2.1. I can not wait till the Droid gets it. Not sure if I would want to pass up on have physical keys just to have more processing power and ram. (Nexus is same size screen with 48 pixels less, 550hz vs 1ghz, and 256mb vs 512mb)

5. oz505

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

thank you for doing your research! it is not a 5gb limit with vzw plus if you dont need corporate emai or have a droid which even with corporate email can get the 29.99 email web pkg it would not be $3799.

8. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Actually there is kinda; even their unlimitted plan has a ghost cap at 5GB. At that point VZW begins to keep track of your usage and if you become a repeat 5GB+ user then they throttle or talk to you about other options.

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