The Consumerist runs the numbers of the new iPhone's Total Cost of Ownership. It does not come out good.
The iPhone itself may be cheaper, but the required flat-rate data plan now costs $30 per month, a $10 increase. Over the mandatory two-year contract, that works out to an extra $240. AT&T also now charges $5 per month for 200 text messages, which used to be free. That adds up to another $120. ... The new iPhone is not more affordable. Anyone deceived by Apple's lower price point is going to get a nasty wake-up call when they read their first bill.I can almost hear Daffy sputtering at the 60-page sheaf sent to him by AT&T at the end of the month. Detheived! The New $199 iPhone Is $160 More Expensive Than The $399 iPhone It Replaced. What? [Consumerist]