by Dion Oxford
Well, it looks as though the long awaited iPhone will finally be making its way to Canada.
Oh joy. Oh bliss. The saviour has finally come (tongue is now firmly planted in cheek).
How did we manage before its long awaited arrival? We had to carry our bulky iPods, PDA’s, and phones as separate entities. One doesn’t have enough pockets in one outfit to be able to safely and conveniantly handle all of those toys.
But thankfully, those days are over. Our troubles have been taken from us. We thought the Blackberry was the Redeemer but Mac is truly the King.
So when iIheard the announcement, out of curiosity I went online to find out how much the thing will cost.
The first thing that I realized was that finding out pricing online was going to be quite the challenge. I’m still pretty inept at finding exactly where I want to go when I do Google searches, but I did surf quite a few sites before I could find the slightest hint of its cost
The fact is, the advertisers were adamant that I read every possible spec of this thing in hopes that I’d be completely swept away by its majesty that no matter how much they wanted for it, it wouldn’t be too much.
(I must admit, I love this toy. it truly is amazing and has all of the things I like on it. Were I someone to give in to the whims of the doomsday prophet ad-man, he’d have me by the short and curlys on this one)
After too much time online, I think I figured out the pricing. Rogers will be the sole provider in Canada (monopoly?). You can get the 8G iPhone for the low price of $199 or the 16G iPhone for just $299. Oh, did I mention you need to sign your life away for three years on top of that? No other options available.
Then there’s the monthly fees that you commit to paying for those next 3 years (with the occasional letter from Rogers telling you that they’ll be generously raising your prices so they can better serve you). $69 + applicable taxes and random arbitrary fees per month for voice services. Then $20 + applicable taxes and random arbitrary fees for data. so $89 + … per month; for THREE years. So this inexpensive toy will run each user in the course of three years over $4000.
What else might $4000 pay for?
- It would cover close to 2000 meals in the shelter I work at for folks who live on the street
- If you don’t believe that people locally need to be going hungry and don’t deserve your charity then
- It would allow you to sponsor 3 children per month for three years through World Vision
- It could purchase 50 school kits per month through the Mennonite Central Committee, each school kit helps one child in Bangladesh get through school for one year
- It could provide the necessary labour and materials needed to provide 10 families the clean drinking water they need for the rest of their lives, for THREE years totalling 360 familes.
Or, you could buy a toy that you will fill a void in you for a few weeks or months until you grow tired of it and feel empty again or until someone makes a better toy.
I think i’m feeling grumpy about this. Forgive me for sounding pious, but the world is falling apart and we need to stop being seduced by the man and start waking up to the needs of people who are dying all around us.