June 9 2009|04.32 PM UTC

Erik Chang

Total Cost of Ownership: iPhone 3GS versus Palm Pre versus Android G1

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With the recent release information on Apple’s new iPhone 3GS and Palm’s venture back into the market with their highly anticipated Palm Pre, there are more legitimate smartphone options than ever. How will you decide on which device you will spend your hard earned money? Below is a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis of the latest mobile technologies, analyzing the comparative features of each, along with the actual price you will pay for the phone and service over the course of a two year contract.

To see the true cost of owning one of these smartphone, based on your actual usage, check out BillShrink’s iPhone SG3 vs Palm Pre comparison tool and find the best cell phone plans that works for you.

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iPhone 3GS vs. Pre vs. G1

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Chris October 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm

While this is a good start, people should really remember to look into all of their options. I have access to a corporate discount so my iPhone plan (450mins/200msgs/unlimited data) is only $66/month, and fits my needs perfectly.


Dan August 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

200 msgs per month!! You must not have kids and/or a spouse that texts! =)


Anonymous November 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

I’m pretty sure that T-Mobile has since lowered their unlimited price considerably. Check on that. It should be $49.95 per month now.


Rob S November 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm

I’m pretty sure that T-Mobile has since lowered their unlimited price considerably. Check on that. It should be $49.95 per month now.


Mike November 20, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Tmobile has lowered their plans. I am getting 500 minutes unlimited text and unlimited web with my G1 for $60 now and that includes unlimited tmobile to tmobile minutes.


geon December 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Damn…think I’ll stick with my tracfone and buy a lot of beer with my savings. And I mean a lot of beer.


Palm pre batteries February 10, 2010 at 4:28 am

Thank you very much, now i know how to keep my Iphone alive for a longer period of time.


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HTC G1 TEVE!! March 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm

First of all the iphone blows, its an all touch screen phone which sucks I can type faster look at things fast without screwing up, and the iphone cost lots of money with, the g1 is hella cheap and its 700mins unlimated texts and pic, night start at 8pm, mobile to moblie is free also it has myfaves which is aswome, and it come with a 3G network and the palm pre is a 4G and the G1 is as fast just a slight lag, the iphone blows big ones and does not compare to the G1 and its a lot cheaper so SUCK IT!!


kearsten May 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

thats really mature of you to say “suck it” haha. because thats just going to make everyone think your correct and awesome. no need to use language such as that to get your point across. :)


george April 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Family of 5

Everything data 1500
phone one two three four five
$129.99 0.00 19.99 19.99 19.99

Unlimited Data, Unlimited Messaging, Unlimited talk to any cell phone nationwide (250 mil+ phones)

=189.96 / 5 = $37.99 ave cost per device…

Did I mention Sprint has Android phones? HTC EVO


dan August 4, 2010 at 9:27 am

Your total cost of ownership (TCO) for 2 years:
$189.96 x 24 months = $4,559.04 / 5 = $911.81 per device for 2 years
If your ROI is worth it, then sounds like a sweet deal!


Sophie Lopez April 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Yeah I love my iPhone! Seriously nothing else compares! It is wayyyy too expensive with the main carrier though. I switched to an autopay service that let me keep my iPhone and only pay $50 a month UNLIMITED. I was stoked. I couldn’t imagine switching either now.
I have heard the Droid is cool.


Lady May 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Say Sophie what service are you referring to please? Thanks


Sam June 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

The author is blatantly dishonest. I have three iPhones on one plan and it costs me $109/month. Every intelligent response is a written correction of the above falsehoods.

If you’re trying to gain traffic by pissing off consumers with lies, your fifteen minutes are up.


DeDe July 19, 2010 at 8:41 am

How many mins. do you have for the 3 iphones?
I have been pricing out an iphone for myself and a reg. phone for my husband w/1400 shared mins. and it comes to around $115 not including tax which I believe will add another $10-15.



v June 27, 2010 at 1:36 am

best deal is having an unlocked iphone for tmobile.

iphone quality w/ tmobile’s data plan = deal


Overseas August 9, 2010 at 3:36 am

For comparison … an iPhone 4 with 32GB in Hong Kong can be bought with $0 down and about $40 per month for 1000 minutes / month (plus 600 minutes when other party is with same telco) and 200MB data / month. SMS cost $0.10, but are free when to same telco subscriber. And the phone is unlocked, so after 2 years you can choose any provider. …

The TCO of that deal is approximately 50% of the equivalent AT&T offer.


eAmy November 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

Well I think the iPhone is the best deal because you can have unlimited options for a low price… I live in France and it’s the best.


kearsten May 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I think i phones are great besides the fact that they crack really easy once dropped onto the ground and problem with most touch screens is when the touch stops working you cant use any other alternative like ‘ ‘buttens ‘ ‘ to do your calls or texts.


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