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    Default iPhone build costs

    A teardown of Apple's iPhone by Austin-based Portelligent reveals a likely manufacturing cost of $200 for the 4GB model and $220 for the more expensive 8GB version
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    I guess AT&T had no intention of sharing the profit on their end...
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    Well I guess Apple being a business and not a charity they have to make a profit to survive. Now if we were talking about the cost of petrol in Australia I could understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iSlayer View Post
    The article only seems to cover material costs. Licensing for GSM, audio codecs and other such things will take the price up quite a bit more.

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    I think the sales from the past few days shows that a lot of people don't think they're too expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by toholio View Post
    The article only seems to cover material costs. Licensing for GSM, audio codecs and other such things will take the price up quite a bit more.
    Depends on what their contract is but I'd be supprised if this even added $10 per unit to the cost of an iPhone.

    Still....Apple are getting $80 cream from the 8Gb model

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    Sure, but what about the cost of that coke in the Japanese vending machine? Let's focus on the BIG issues guys!
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    In other news, the components in the box and DVD of Vista Ultimate costs $2, which means that MS have a profit margin of $748.
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    Quote Originally Posted by forgie View Post
    In other news, the components in the box and DVD of Vista Ultimate costs $2, which means that MS have a profit margin of $748.
    Hey....you don't become the richest person in the world by giving stuff away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartron View Post
    Hey....you don't become the richest person in the world by giving stuff away.
    As funny as that episode is, that's not the point I was trying to make. Apple have just spent a huge amount of money on R&D - the first gen of any new product will have to absorb R&D costs, then the price will gradually come down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc View Post
    I think the sales from the past few days shows that a lot of people don't think they're too expensive
    Not until the next few revisions of the phone anyway. Its like with computer equipment 20 years ago and comparing the prices to today.

    The glass probably costs more than all those silicon chips inside.
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    Don't forget you're buying into a service, not just a doodad.

    iPhone Total Cost of Ownership: Up to US$5,914.76


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brains View Post
    Don't forget you're buying into a service, not just a doodad.

    iPhone Total Cost of Ownership: Up to US$5,914.76


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    That price includes a hell of a lot of talk time and texts. It would be fairer to look at just the iphone and data plan as I presume the vast majority of people had a phone before and were paying those costs anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brains View Post
    Don't forget you're buying into a service, not just a doodad.

    iPhone Total Cost of Ownership: Up to US$5,914.76
    Yeah if your on the most expensive plan which logic suggests most people wont be.
    If you want to be more realistic the price over 2 years is more like $2000 US.

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    And USD$2000 isn't too different to a brand new top of the line phone here + a big contract for 2 years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc View Post
    And USD$2000 isn't too different to a brand new top of the line phone here + a big contract for 2 years...
    And its about the same as any other smartphone in the US aswell i might add.

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    iSuppli have given there estimites aswell - http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index...S&NewsID=18446
    They think costs are a little higher

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc View Post
    And USD$2000 isn't too different to a brand new top of the line phone here + a big contract for 2 years...
    It's a big jump from the $240 my phone has cost me over the last two years


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    I'm sorry, but if the iPhone is not for you - too expensive, no M$ exchange support, Rev A product, whatever - then don't buy it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brains View Post
    It's a big jump from the $240 my phone has cost me over the last two years


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    $10 a month means you didn't make any phone calls, or the phone was a throwaway and you made bugger all phone calls. Either way it's a far cry from unlimited real internet.

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