With this morning's announcement that you can buy a brand new iPhone for the same price as probably your parents' first car, it's worth asking: how much would you pay for a phone exactly?
I'm the kind of person who likes to buy their phone outright, since I'm always tagging my mobile plan onto an internet bundle or something else. And as a result, the prices announced this morning seem pretty steep: $1079 for the basic iPhone 8, and $1579 for the basic iPhone X.
Most people buy phones on a plan or upgrade from a carrier, however. And while we're still waiting to see what carriers will charge for the iPhone 8, I'd expect much in the vein of last year: just under $80 a month with the lowest data plan offering, notching up to around $90-95 a month if you wanted 6GB of data or more.
So, how much is too much?
I'm currently paying about $40 a month for my mobile plan, SIM only. It's got about 7GB of data, which isn't quite sufficient if I have a spate of days where I need to tether from my phone. That said, it's through Internode, so the service isn't great when Optus (which Node piggybacks off) gets congested.
But I'm not sure I'd want to pay a grand to replace my phone outright - the most I've spent is about $550, I think, and that was through a grey import. So I've been weighing up how much I'd want to spend per month on a handset and a phone, and around $90/month is probably something I could live with.
$80/month would be great. But I could live with $90/month.
How much are you willing to pay for a new phone, either outright or on a plan?