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iPhone mania and a free lunch

June 25th, 2009 at 10:01 am



I would not be overestimating when I say that about 80% of the people on my floor purchased or upgraded to the new iPhones last week. I've put up with weeks of nerd talk about all their great features and how they will change everyone's lives.

Now everyone is busy playing and showing off their new toys. Coworkers are whipping them out in meetings, videotaping semi-funny stuff and sending it to each other, using the Star Wars lightsaber app to run around the cubefarm swinging them around.

No, I don't have one, and no I don't want one! I don't want to pay $200 bucks for it (assuming a contract) plus $100/month(data + text + voice).

Ofcourse new toys are fun, and cool, but cmon! I work with mostly guys in their 30s with lots and lots of toys: $1K+ bikes, 42" flatscreens, new iPhones, and all the top notch gear their little heart desires. They are also making payments, on the toys, on their cars, on their apartments, and most have no savings.

To each his own: we all have our own goals and reasons for doing things that we think will make us happy in the long run. I wish, however, that I had some more like-minded friends at work that I could talk to.

On another note, we had a company picnic yesterday and the weather was gorgeous. I skipped my packed lunch and went out to socialize and get some sunshine.

I'm surprised how a catering company can change a couple grand to feed a couple hundred people shredded meat, canned baked beans, velveta cheese with frozen corn in it, and some chips. Why do people oooh and ahhh over this stuff just cause they get a free lunch? With a little imagination they could have had a local/organic, delicious spread for everyone that would have been gourmet! But I'm just ranting, a free lunch is a free lunch I guess..

6 Responses to “iPhone mania and a free lunch”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehe, your co-workers sound like really fun people to be around. But I'm glad that you're not getting caught up into the iPhone jazz....

    Say, is that the new iPhone 3G S they're talking about? Because, then, that really would be crazy.

    Also, if you makes you feel any better, it's not the phone that they get you with (although that is pricey), but rather, the rate plan. Typical iPhone plan costs $100/mo (for unlimited minutes). And that's before text messaging, which can be up to another $20/mo. And of course, there's the data plan, which is $30/mo. Not counting all the usual cellphone accessories and various protection plans, it's still comes out to be about $3600 for the two-year contract! Counting the cost of the phone and typical accessories, and it's realistic to expect a $4000 investment! Wow!

  2. milehighgal Says:

    BA -> it's def the 3G S phones, a bunch of people even upgraded their "old" iPhones to get the new ones. Crazyness! I'm also well aware of the AT&T monthly charges, very pricey! I'm considering a prepaid plan ($100/year) for our cells, since we're on email all day and have Skype for family calls.

  3. Nika Says:

    My solution to the expensive data plan was to get ipod touch. It only cost me the the price of the ipod.

    My home, my work, parks near my work and many other public places in Manhattan have pubic wireless.

    I have to say it really improved the quality of my life! I commute by train for 3 hours a day. So the amazing number of podcasts, video podcasts, TV episodes, applications, dictionaries, language lessons, NYT, WSJ, all of the NPR I can listen to or read. I learn a lot and my commute is a lot more fun. And all of this entertainment easily clips to by belt or a purse strap.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    That really IS crazy, because the 3GS is just an incremental upgrade. It's a welcome upgrade, but it's not worth the money if you already have the 3G. (And I'm sure Apple will have their OS 3.0 be made available to all models, if it hasn't done so already.)

    I also have an iPod Touch. It's great for when you have a hot spot.

  5. milehighgal Says:

    Nika, I have an iPod touch also, received it as a Christmas gift a while back, and I like it. It has come in handy on those few trips where I didn't have my laptop with me. I'm def not judging people for getting things that truly make their quality of life better, as in your case. I just question people simply getting a lot of toys, when they seem to be struggling getting any savings accumulated, as is the case with many of my coworkers.

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    I just upgraded my Touch to OS 3.0. Yeah, it costed me $10 to do it... but it's still FAR cheaper than upgrading an iPhone!

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