Accessorising my new iPhone

Posted on 3 November 2009 • BlogTechnology

Well, the mammoth 24-month contract I entered into with Orange just as the original iPhone was born came to an end today. And, just in time, Orange have announced that they too (in addition to O2) are doing the iPhone.

First up I did an analysis of the costs. Big surprise, Orange have opted for almost exactly the same pricing as O2, within pennies of each other no matter which option you select. The only real difference is the insurance, with O2 asking for £15 a month, while Orange is £12 a month. Not much, but Orange saves me £72 over a 2 year contract.

I’ve opted for the middle of the road 24 month contract for an iPhone 3GS 32gb. I’ve had to fork out £96.50 for the iPhone. My monthly tariff is £44.04 , plus £12 per month insurance. So for £56.04 per month (double what I pay for my old standard phone contract!) I’ve joined the future, albeit a bit tardy with my entry. Factoring in the handset cost that works out to £60.06 per month, or £720.73 a year, totalling £1,441.46 for the 2 year contract. Gulp!

I’ve take the plunge, so all that’s left to do is order my accessories so I can be ready to run when my phone arrives in a week’s time.

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Bluetooth Headset

Now, I’ve had a bluetooth headset before and never really used it. Mainly because I wear big super-chunky grandad-style glasses, and those pesky old-style headsets that wrapped around your ear lobe in Seven-of-Nine Borg style drove me to the edge of sanity.

I’ve looked around and it seems there’s a whole new generation of headsets out there that use an in-ear bud to stay in place. I’m ever hopeful, so have decided to give one of these a try. Narrowed it down to 4 options from 2 manufacturers:

Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth Headset

This is last years model, but is now half the price of the newer one, with seemingly most of the features. Have to confess that this is also the headset I most like the look of. More low key tech than high tech jewellery.

Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset

The latest from Plantonics and does look very sweet. Way simple design, but just not sure..

Aliph Jawbone 2 Bluetooth Headset

This is the one I happen to like the best. Last years model so half the price of the newer one.

Aliph Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset

This is the latest and tech-sexiest of them all, with a background noise reduction system that gets my tech juices flowing. The only drawback is the design which looks a wee bit blingish to me.

iPhone Case

I’m quite clumsy. I don’t mean the average, occasionally spill my tea clumsy. I mean the rush about bash and destroy my life clumsy. My phone thus needs to be protected from me as I will drop it and bash it about, especially once the new wears off.

Here’s my shortlist…

Further reading

Links to a few places where you can find out more, including hands-on reviews.