Some people think I am a gadget whore and will buy every iteration of iPad and iPhone that is released. That is true to some extent but I actually did not get the iPhone 4S, I felt it was so similar to the 4, I wanted to wait and see what the iPhone 5 offered.
Now the iPhone 5 has been announced I wanted to dive in and get one, not because it has amazing features because it has not but I felt it had enough to justify missing out on the 4S model.
The next decision would be do I buy the phone sim free (£529) and stay out of contract or do I pay a lot for the phone still but sign a contract. I expected the contract price to be a couple of hundred pounds at least.
My current phone plan is £17 a month which is non contract – over the life of a 24 month contract that would be 17*24+529 which is £937
Woke up to an email this morning from my current provider Three. They are offering the iPhone 5 on a 24 month contract – 500 mins, 5000 texts and all I could eat data for £35 a month with an upfront cost of £79 which by my calculations is 35*24+79 = £919
So really the contract price does work out a smidgen cheaper over two years than buying outright but the downside is being tied to 24 months. The plus side is I do not have to find £500 straight away to fund my geekiness.
Product ordered: 16Gb black iphone 5, should be here next week