Good credit, bad credit, no problem!!! I’m sure you have heard that saying on car commercials, well over at Apple & Cingular it is a major problem.
Cingular charges between $0 and $750 deposit on a new account depending on your level of credit. You get this money back after 1 year of good payment history, but still that is a lot up front, PLUS the cost of the phone!
8gig iPhone: $599
Largest deposit: $750
Grand total: $1349 + tax
Oh don’t forget the price of getting out of your current phone contract.
That is more then most MacBooks!!!!
Looks like the cost of entry for an iPhone for some has just gone through the roof.
Personally here are my thoughts on the device. I want one, BADLY!!! I just don’t want Cingular. I’m happy with T-Mobile and have been with them for years now. Both carriers are GSM, and with the U.S. Copyright Office putting into effect a ruling that allows cell phone users to unlock their phones, the iPhone will be able to be unlocked.
An unlocked iPhone would work on T-Mobile’s service, the question that I have is will the EDGE work? I know the Visual Voicemail won’t, but I’ve never unlocked a phone and put it on another network. Does that network’s wireless internet still work? If so, then buying an iPhone and unlocking it shouldn’t be a huge problem for T-Mobile and other GSM cell users around the world.
If it can work with T-Mobile, I will buy one. If I have to switch to Cingular, the decision will be slightly more difficult.
Oh, here’s a little P.S. for you. DON’T GO AND JOIN CINGULAR TODAY! They have a 18-24 month waiting period before you can “upgrade” your phone. If you are outside of that window you must pay FULL RETAIL PRICE. So, if you want one of these things and aren’t a Cingular customer, wait until June.
This is simply an editorial about the people who might have to pay this amount in order to get the iPhone, not my own experience.