While preparing for a panel at Arisia entitled Early Adopters and Not on why people choose to be early adopters, I was trying to find the price history of the Iphone. Since I couldn’t find a web site that presented historical price data on the iPhone, I decided to put something together myself. I’ve decide share the table I created so other people won’t have to repeat my efforts.
One of my reasons for generally not being a super early adopter is that you price a huge premium for having the latest or great gadget when it’s first released. And if you wait a little bit you can get the same or better gadget for a lot less. Because the iPhone price is entirely set by Apple, it makes an interesting case study on how much the price of technology drops over time. The official price of the iPhone periodically drops, as shown in the table below. But, there are no sales and a new iPhone is never sold for less than the official price. (There are occasionally sales on the refurbished iPhones for example on black Friday the refurbished 3GS was sold for $50.00 instead of the usual $150.00.) Finding historical street price data is harder than historical MSRP data. For the iPhone both prices are the same.
The table showing the historical price is included below. Note: I’m sharing this table because I couldn’t find anything like it online. There may be some errors or omissions. For example, it’s possible that I didn’t include a price change or there is an iPhone model I don’t know about or some of the prices are wrong. The table only includes new iPhones within the United States. In case you’re wondering I don’t own an iPhone (I decided to go with Android instead).
|1st Gen 4GB||1st Gen 8GB||3G||3GS 16GB||3GS 32GB|
|29 June 2007||$499.00*||$599*||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|5 Sept 2007||Discontinued||$399||N/A||N/A||N/A|