So I get that people want the iPhone. I get that it’s a really sexy, really popular handset. I’m not convinced that I’ll buy one just yet, but I signed up for T-Mobile’s email updates about it, and just yesterday got this:
But seriously T-Mobile (Germany’s exclusive iPhone provider), do you really need SEVEN different plans?
In fact, there’s so many, that they need two pages to fit them all. Here’s the first four:
I won’t go over all of them, but here’s the bottom line:
There’s an inverse relationship between what you pay for the phone and what you pay in a monthly contract.
The cheapest option: €300 for the phone and €25/month, €0,29/min to all German mobiles and landlines, 200MB of data/month.
The most spendy option: €1 for the phone and €120/month, unlimited calls and data.
While I know that AT&T isn’t exactly the most beloved provider, I find it almost offensive that you’d pay €25 or even the next two levels €45 or €60, where you have to pay for minutes/texts on top of the service that you already pay per month. Not to mention that a text message to other providers is €0,19 — that’s more than double what I pay now on Blau.de.
Now yes you can buy the phone unlocked in Germany and use it with any of Germany’s myriad of prepaid mobile providers. Heck, you can even take your existing SIM card, trim it and put it into your new iPhone 4 and/or iPad.
While I do want a new iPhone (I’m still rocking the original 4GB first-gen), I can’t really justify signing a two-year contract at absurdly high prices just to get a phone.