The cost of owning the latest iPhone, including the inevitable screen repairs, is set to be higher than ever for the hoards of Apple fans who have already pre-ordered the latest iPhone X.
It comes as more premium pricing emerges for the after-sales element of owning the iPhone X.
Inc reports that it will cost $279 to get the screen repaired on an iPhone X. "Miscellaneous" repairs will be billed at as much as $549.
It almost goes without saying, therefore, that you should BUY A CASE.
Applecare? That's $199, compared to $129 for the iPhone 8 and $149 for the iPhone 8 Plus.
So let's take a look at how this works. Let's assume you buy a full price iPhone X off contract. £1,149. We're going to work on the basis that Apple is using 1:1 pricing for everything else as it is for the handset.
You're going to want Applecare. £200. Now let's assume you smash the screen three times (it's likely) in the two years.
If you don't opt for Applecare, that's £840. If you do, there's still an excess of £25 a pop to pay. That's £275, assuming you don't drop it in the toilet.
For an example, we're added in Three's Advanced Plan at £29.00 a month. In total that's £696 in airtime. We'll ignore Three's no-upfront-cost Advanced Plan, which will set you back a mere £114 per month for two years. That's £2,736 before case, repairs and so on!
Now let's add a decent case for good measure. Mobilefun is doing a Ghostek Nautical Series Waterproof case for £39.99. That's far from the most expensive here, but it'll do the job.
So that's £2,359.99 without any roaming charges, any "miscellaneous" damage repairs, any subscriptions to Apple Music, any apps, any Bluetooth headphones or adapters for your existing ones, any spare chargers… the list goes on.
This brings our sample total cost of ownership of an iPhone X in the UK to an Apple family fortune of… £98.33 a month over two years.
If you want to cheap out, the lowest cost handset we could find on Amazon was the AEG M1220 for £11.95, which you can use in combination with a Freedompop SIM.
This will cost absolutely nothing for 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB per month (you earn more by watching ads or referring friends), notwithstanding the 99p fee for activation. Total cost of ownership, £12.94, or just under 54p a month over 24 months.
If you want to meet in the middle, one of our favourite phones of the year, the OnePlus 5, costs £450. Ours is on a £23 all-you-can-eat plan with roaming, a case and screen protector and with phone insurance free with a bank account, that's clocking in at just over a grand TCO - or less than £42 a month.
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