An interesting infographic (source) on the full cost of iPhone ownership — and really, it applies to all modern mid- to high-end phones, not just iPhones. I can’t vouch for all the numbers, but this is good to have in the back of your mind when thinking about phone purchases.
The first mistake people make is believing that the subsidized cost of the hardware (usually $200) is the real cost of the device, when it’s far wiser to remember that this small device you’re haphazardly tossing around and shoving in your jeans pocket is actually a super-advanced computer that costs roughly $650 or $700.
But if you consider all that goes into owning one to make it usable, namely the cellular data and accessories, you really are in the $1500-$2000 range. That’s more than almost anyone other than professionals pays for a brand new, top-of-the-line PC!
Which may be fitting when you think about it, since these phones really are our PCs these days. (As opposed to tablets, which we all thought would be our PCs, and probably aren’t going to be, but that’s another conversation.) And in many ways they do more for us — more of what we actually want to be doing — than our desktops and laptops ever could.