ComputerWorld has posted an interesting article showing various ways iPhone users get ripped off, especially if they are with AT&T (a US mobile network.) Even if you’re not with AT&T, a lot of other providers have extra charges similar to that of AT&T.
The article can be viewed here,which is broken down as follows:
[li]You pay $360 for mobile broadband you don’t use[/li][li]You pay $325 to not use the carrier anymore[/li][li]You pay $18 for committing to a new, two-year contract[/li][li]You pay $240 for the high-end data plan you don’t use[/li][li]You pay full price for apps you don’t use[/li][/ol]
I’d the say the main people affected are those who bought it to mainly use as an iPod or who usually have access to free Wi-Fi. For example, I have a Nokia 5800 (Wi-Fi enabled) and the main areas I quickly check something on the web usually have Wi-Fi. I have a portable MiFi (3G pocket router), so if I do need to check something online in an area without free Wi-Fi, I just use it instead of going through the network, which saves on data charges.
However, if I had an iPhone on contract here in Ireland, I know I would have similar issues to 1 & 2 above and I already know a few who got an iPhone with this issue, especially several months into the contract when the provider offers new cheaper price plans available on all but iPhone contracts.