Quote:While it is impossible to know for sure, the video is posted on a commercial site so FTC rules around full disclosure of commercial interest probably applies but there is none. You can see the reference to the site in the author's comment under the video:
"Sam Roberts talked to Rachel, who was waiting on line for an iPhone 5 on 5th Avenue in Manhattan for no apparent reason. This woman is not a plant, she is a real person, and she is brilliant. For more see http://notsam.com or @notsam on twitter."
So what do you say guys? Should we go and save these people? I am pretty sure she needs saving (financially) more than a high-network lawyer or doctor who is buying expensive audio cables.
Poor girl doesn't know that the $199 is not the true cost of the real phone. She would have to cough up $50/month for data plan and such. Over two year life of that phone before the next upgrade, that would add up to another $1,200 making the total cost $1,400. Over say, 6 years, we are talking nearly $5,000. In our family our post-smartphone cell bill ballooned to over $250/month. In the same two year period our expenses for just the phone bill is $6,000. Add another cycle to that and we are at a whopping $12,000. Did someone say you don't spend $10,000 on your phone? I think not! This is pure luxury. Being able to play games, browse the web, do email, etc. on the run. Before the cellphone revolution, we used to pay $16/month for home phone!
I am actually getting ready to pay $600 for my phone upgrade because my carrier, Verizon, will take away my unlimited data plan if I take advantage of the subsidy and get it for $199. So don't ask me to join you for protest against smartphones if you choose to take up that mission.