Mashable today posted an incredible series of images showcasing the true cost of the iPhone 5, based on the pricing tiers of its three main American carriers (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint). The infographic eventually concludes that in America, an iPhone 5 on a 2-year contract will cost you at least $1800 (with a minimum of $170 in accessories).
Where I am in Canada, cellphone plans are typically 3 years. If you want to get the 16GB iPhone 5 for $199, you’re signing up to a 3 year contract no matter which carrier you pick. My plan costs $75 a month, and I get a considerable 6GB of data, unlimited text, and 200 voice minutes. Over 3 years with a new contract, a new iPhone with this plan would cost me around $3,000. That being said, I’ll have this plan regardless of whether or not I buy a new phone.
Does this discourage you from buying an iPhone on-contract, or is it the same as what you’d be paying with another phone? Check out the full info graph below, and let me know what you think in the comment section!