To gadget lovers the world over, it’s the latest must-have smartphone. The iPhone 5 was released recently, receiving plenty of praise from Apple diehards and newcomers to the series. It could be seen as a game-changer for smartphones in general, with the new Samsung Galaxy S5 due for release in the near future likely to ape it in so many ways.
Irrespective of how good the iPhone 5 costs, it’s likely to set back whoever buys one a significant amount of money, whether in the form of a one-off payment or through a pricey monthly contract on top of an up-front payment for the phone itself. Aside from what’s being paid for the contract and phone, the iPhone 5 is likely to have additional costs owners might not be aware of.
One way in which iPhone 5 users could rack up hefty bills is through the easy payment system. Whether buying paid-for apps or something from a site like eBay or Amazon, the system doesn’t require using a credit or debit card, thereby making it easier and more tempting for owners to part with their cash in a flash. This can be a habit which could become very expensive over time.
Some choose to buy an iPhone just to look and seem cool. Perhaps gadget envy could explain why there’s usually such a rush to buy the latest model – iPhone fans are more than twice as likely to buy something sleek and shiny, even if it does less than an Android device. This shows that image takes precedence over function for many iPhone fans.