At the end of two years, the Nexus One will have cost you $500 less than the iPhone
They've put out one of their handy charts comparing the specs and total cost of ownership of four popular smartphones:
- Apple's (aapl) iPhone on AT&T (t)
- Palm's (palm) Pre on Sprint (s)
- Motorola's (mot) Droid on Verizon (vz)
- HTC's Nexus One on T-Mobile (dt).
The chart isn't perfect. It tends to emphasize specs and cost over quality of service or availability of apps.
But the folks at BillShrink are pretty responsive, and if you point out any mistakes, they'll probably fix them.
Bottom line: if you the ignore the "unlimited" plans (and everybody we know does), the total costs of ownership after two years are not that different.
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To report any errors or oversights in BillShrink's chart, click here.
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