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f you believe everything you read, your iPhone is going to cost you thousands of dollars over
a two-year period. You have to pay for the iPhone, for activation, for expensive monthly service
plans (not to mention taxes and other fees), and if you decide to back out any time during
that two years, you’re going to cough over more money in early cancellation penalties. Right?
Well, maybe not. There’s a lot more going on in your ability to select and activate your iPhone
than those glossy in-store pamphlets let on. In this chapter, you’ll discover the down and dirty
secrets of iPhone activation, plan selection, and even return policies. If you’re weighing the
choice of whether or not to purchase an iPhone and trying to figure out exactly how much
you’re going to be paying, this chapter is for you. Here are all the basic facts you need to select,
buy, and activate your iPhone.
Picking Your Phone
In the world of the iPhone, the choices aren’t wide. There are, at any time, only a couple of
models. For example, at launch, there was a 4-GB model and an 8-GB model. And that was
pretty much it for a month or two until Steve Jobs killed the 4-GB model, slashed the price on
the 8-GB one, and refurbished ones appeared at the Apple Store. So how do you choose the
model that is right for you? It all comes down to memory. Do you want to pay more for a few
more gigabytes of onboard memory? It’s not as if those extra gigabytes offer an inexhaustible
resource. With enough videos and movies, you can easily run out of storage on an 160-GB iPod
Classic, let alone a teeny flash-memory-based iPhone. So here are some questions you need to
How big is your music library? If your library is small, no problem. If it’s large, the extra
space on some iPhone models helps to store additional music and podcasts.
How many videos do you want to carry around? A single two-hour movie may occupy
more than a gigabyte of storage. If you travel a lot,...