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Infographic: The true cost of an iPhone

What are you willing to pay Apple's smartphones? This infographic, developed by Madeline Harris, outlines the true cost of an iPhone.

This is a guest post by Greg Voakes.

Few consumers realize the true cost that their consumer goods and electronics possess outside of the store. It's easy to rationalize the number on a price tag. Can we put a price on the damage caused to the environment and undeveloped nations in order to have access to our apps, text message threads, or mobile navigation systems?

There are a few things you can do as a consumer to minimize the overall costs of your electronics. Perhaps you could stand to skip a generation or two? As a business practice, launching newer phones with minor feature updates forces users to renew contracts, and paying out of pocket for the latest and greatest piece of technology. If you, like many of us, prefer to have the most current releases of our favorite gadgets -- consider your options by reusing and recycling.

The infographic below, developed by Madeline Harris, outlines some of the real costs of the iPhone.


Created by MBAonline.com

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

18 comments
myangeldust
myangeldust

Why would folks throw out their iPhones for new ones? That's crazy! You can give one to someone you know... or to me. If sharing isn't your thing you can still use an iPhone as an iPod! Keep it current with music and leave it plugged into your car. Leave it in the living room attached to that speaker or television. Restrict it to games and only lend it to your kid when you're in some waiting room. Attach it to your wall and let it run your household systems from A/C to security. Don't tell me this never crossed your cranium, Apple people.

jcoons
jcoons

Someone needs to review the articles (other than the author) for accuracy and creditability before putting them out for public consumption. John@ and Justin James nailed it in their take on this piece of writing. It's such a "cutsie-artsie-craftsie" presentation of an obviously out of touch writer, wrapping her biased view of Apple around a real problem that's industry wide. I would imagine Apple is probably the most eco-friendly of the manufacturers of consumer electronic products since everything they do is under the microscope of the press and Apple haters. I hope this author has enough creditability and professionalism to write a "Part 2" and make amends for her short-comings in this article. Just the facts, Mam - include all offenders, not just the ones you dislike. I'm a software technical lead and have been developing for and on the Microsoft platform since Windows 3, and I'm certainly not an Apple fan boy - I just dislike inaccuracies and bias in any form.

punit_jain2000
punit_jain2000

The Chinese are thrilled to get orders to build iPhones. They earn money and a lot of guys get employed for this. How polluted their water, air and food is, is a reflection of their internal standards imposed. Local Government and bodies in China need to face up to these threats and respond adequately. As every local government. I would like to know how many phones get disposed off v/s recycled. Recycling is good. The recycling factory next needs to cleanly separate out the materials and ensure minimum pollution and waste. Everyone gains. The only question (unanswered) I have is, if the environmental and pollution standards in all manufacturing and recycling sites of iPhone were the same as that in the US, what would be the true cost of an iPhone? Any answer MBA Online?

kybelboy
kybelboy

Thanks Al Gore! Take your stupid environmental crapola and send it to Barack. I will update when I'm ready!

JTONLY
JTONLY

More "green in your face" BS, just to keep the ball rolling.

emgub
emgub

The format of this infographic is so stupid I didn't even both reading past the first couple statements. Just make it a normal image file next time.

john
john

1. Most of what was said applies to all large manufacturers of electronics who all use Chinese factories and methods, but you're singling out Apple because they're a headline target - you should take this up with the Chinese. 2. Why didn't you mention that there are a million workers in the FoxConn factory and that the general suicide rate in the US is twice as high at 110 per million? This surely shows that Foxconn workers must be some of the most contented in the world. 3. iPhones sell extremely well on eBay and I can't imagine many going to recycling when you can still get 100 for an old iPhone 3G. It's a similar story with Apple Macs which I think makes their products some of the greenest in the market. Other phones and PCs are worthless after a couple of years but "80% of recycled iPhones" probably equals a tiny fraction with 99% still in use..

Slayer_
Slayer_

It didn't have much text, and it was confusing.... Is this maybe one of those things that only works in certain browsers?

Justin James
Justin James

I am sure that if you look at any number of other manufacturers of consumer electronics (including phones), many of these same issues would be equally valid. I'm not super iPhone fan, but I don't think it is fair to single them out specifically for these issues. Apple isn't Foxconn's only customer, and I am sure that the recycling/disposal system in China is used by other companies as well, for example. Those rare metals are needed by all phones too, from what I can tell. J.Ja

Nathan.L.Brenner
Nathan.L.Brenner

Great design on the info-graphic; who ever did it. I am not an environmentalist nor am I opposed to consumerism by any sense but it is amazing how much impact consumerism has. All over a silly gimmicky super expensive toy/phone.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

their version of Windows for the latest one - they want to be cool with the latest rubbish on the market.

jeremy
jeremy

It's a particularly poor infographic. The actual detail is hard to see at a glance; a long scrolling image is very poor for usability.

Slayer_
Slayer_

I just upgraded now, now its showing up properly. Firefox 11 it works TR suddenly has more advertisements :( -Edit No wait, its just random blank space at the top of the page. Also, the graphic still doesn't work so well. Maybe I'll try Chrome. -Edit, Nope, same in Chrome, half way down the graphic it starts overlapping text and images making it unreadable. I'll try IE9. -Edit, good lord IE9 is slow, but IE9 shows it go funky at the congo section. The others made it to the foxxcon seciton.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

But I had to allow scripts from www.mbaonline.com to do it (I've got Noscript running). Facepalm moment? ;)

BirthdayPuppy
BirthdayPuppy

Because that sounds like it may be your problem.