Anyone really rich own an iPhone and willing to reveal themselves?

LauraBee

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Good point. Fortunately only debt we have right now is my wife's graduate education from Columbia which I'm paying off slowly, pay our CC's off in full every month (mainly use for easy monthly accounting, securty and cashback/promotions). Recently bough a condo so have that part done, have a 401k, high interest savings and some stock as well.

Think I'm headed on the right track - or at least that's what I want to believe. BTW, I no longer consider myself young - although that again is relative :cool:
Ok, I'm totally not rich, and I'm probably old too. I'll have to readjust the way I see myself.

I have enough money to do/go/get anything I really want (well, not houses and big diamonds) but I rent my home and I work 7 days a week.

I have no plans to retire, ever. I'll finish a tattoo, wipe it off and say "Ok, go look at that in the mirror and tell me what you think." and drop dead on the floor. I live in an area where there is A LOT of money though,(Napa, Sonoma, St. Helena) and not all of those people seem completely happy (I see some as clients) so I don't mourn the fact that I'm not uber rich. When I want something I just decide I'll have it and then create the money. I love what I do so much it's what I'd do for fun after work if I had to get a job, my family is healthy and we all get along, and I finally picked the right guy to marry...I wouldn't trade that for money. Next comes a house though.
 

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If you're in the upper range of range 3, why would you're wife give you a problem about buying a $600 iPhone? I'm in the lower range of 3 and buying an iPhone was not a issue. I don't have a wife or any kids and I also recently purchased a condo but financially $600 is not a big hit to my discretionary income.
She's totally not a techy person so doesn't see the point of spending money on it at all. She'd rather use the money on clothes or designer handbags. I just got a BB Pearl 6 months ago so she didn't understand why I needed a new phone now.

Also I live in the NYC area so my income doesn't go very far.
 

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I mean this is the first computer I bought with summer job money circa 1983 if that tells you anything...:laugh2: (white and nerdy)
Oh I wish I had that TRS-80 PC-2 back in mint condition - haha
Do you mean like this?



Hehe.

That's my first computer. I don't know how mint it is given it's been sitting in the garage for some 20 years... but it still boots up. :p The contrast between my trash-80 and the iPhone is hysterical to those who know about old computers... that trash-80 has a whopping 4k of memory. My watch has more memory! :p
 

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My first computer was a Commodore 128... LOL

 

mullman

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MarkBooth-

I have given as much information as I am comfortable disclosing on a forum. But the words 'debt up to my eyeballs' do not apply. I still feel lower middle class. I just happen to live in a very booming area, but do not really feel the boom myself :)

Former Apple engineer BTW, my stock options were $13 circa 1997 before the split ...
When did you buy in?
Go !
 

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From what I've read, I guess it really is true that middle to lower class citizens buy the iPhone, myself included. Either that or all of the upper class people are too modest and humble to admit it, which is fine.
 
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I consider myself to be lower middle class. 26 years old. Independent.
I definitley could have used to money to pay off some bills. I do not regret buying the iPhone. best device ever. haven't had a single issue with it so far.
However, I do regret buying the 8 GB. I really wanted the 4GB iPhone. I hardly listen to music or watch movies on the go. so i don't really care too much about space.

But i went to over a dozen AT&T Apple stores and i was lucky that a couple of them only had a few 8 gb iPhones.

I'm in the same boat. I'm 26 in the lower middle class. I work and make a pretty good living, but I still have bills to pay off and easily could've used the $600 bucks to pay off some of those.

But I don't regret buying the 8GB. For $100 more, why not? I'm the same in that I never really listen to music or watch movies on the go, but I still keep a good amount of music and movies/video on my iPod for when I do hit the gym or if I'm stuck somewhere for a while. I'll be going on an airplane in a couple weeks so I should be able to keep busy for most of the flight.

But my 8GB is almost filled up, so I'm definitely happy I bought the 8GB instead of the 4.

No issues though. I love my iPhone.
 

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Ok, so my fiancee came home and saw the TRS-80 sitting on the kitchen table... she asked me "where did you get that old typewriter?"

I laughed and said, "honey that's a computer, my first computer".

She's a little younger than me... well... I'm 39 and she's 24. It's moments like those where I'm reminded just what an old fart I am.
 

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Ok, so my fiancee came home and saw the TRS-80 sitting on the kitchen table... she asked me "where did you get that old typewriter?"

I laughed and said, "honey that's a computer, my first computer".

She's a little younger than me... well... I'm 39 and she's 24. It's moments like those where I'm reminded just what an old fart I am.
Ask her if she knows who the Osmonds are... or go get out some vinyl records and see what she does - LOL

I have an almost 14yo daughter and 19yo stepson, so I feel old on a daily basis (37 here).
 

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Ok, so my fiancee came home and saw the TRS-80 sitting on the kitchen table... she asked me "where did you get that old typewriter?"

I laughed and said, "honey that's a computer, my first computer".

She's a little younger than me... well... I'm 39 and she's 24. It's moments like those where I'm reminded just what an old fart I am.
tharmsen-

Every now and then I get out my old PCjr and boot it up.
Then there is the NeXTstation in the closet - old computer geeks like you and me just cannot give that stuff up. I have 6 old Macs ranging from an original 128K to a Plus and Color Classic. In college I made extra income buying dead Macs and repairing the analog boards and reselling them. Also have some old Newtons starting from the original, and that Newton SDK Toolkit!

I remember when my neighbor (circa 1983?) got a TRS-80 coco similar to yours with the tape drive. For months we spend hrs a day after school programming that thing. Then there was briefly PCjr World (a spinoff of PC Magazine) and I would spend hrs typing in BASIC and enjoy 5 mins of fun.

From that (my) perspective we truly live in a magical age of technology, not to mention bandwidth.
 

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Definitely not "uber rich" but doing pretty damn well. Working my ass off for law and daytrading has been kind to me for past few years.. Allowed me to have my G35 as a daily car and my previous supercharged E46 M3, then 993TT, then 996TT and now RUF R-GT2..

Liking my iPhone, thought it wouldn't be "professional" enough but whatever, emails still sometimes are a PITA but I get by with it!

Martin
 

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I'm pretty well off. I have a fairly successful acting career. Most recently, I was in Shrek. I was the voice of Puss in Boots. Yes, my name is Antonio Banderas. Nice to make your acquaintance!
 

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Oh snap, a Coco and a C128. I think I was 6 when my parents bought me a Coco and I learned CPM (and Pascal) on the C128. By the time I was 9 I was trying to solder 32KB chips to up the memory to 64K. Haha, that's why we ended up getting the C128. :)

iPhone was an impulse buy for me as well, range 3 in NYC working in finance, which I suppose makes me middle class as well! :-0 Though not having a need for a car and associated expenses (maintenance, gas, insurance) means I have more expendable cash than I used to when I lived in the burbs, even after accounting for higher living expenses.

BTW, anybody read that street.com article saying the true cost of the iPhone is $17k? They were saying if you put it towards retirement that's how much you would've made instead, but it's not like the iPhone is the most expensive phone out there, the Treo used to cost as much IIRC and there's the N95 and others as well. Plus I'm of the sort that likes to enjoy my money while I can, not when I'm moving down to Florida to buy a Caddy.

The only other people I've seen in NYC with iPhones are similar finance/suit-types and quite a few (about a dozen) in my firm alone. Most other young people I see in the subway are usually walking around with Sidekick 3s which I probably would have if it were on AT&T. Have yet to see someone "lower/middle class" with one.

You know the saddest thing I saw in the 5th Ave store was the dozens of parents buying iPhones for their KIDS! I'm talking 8-12 year old kids too, you just know they're taking them back to boarding school in the fall. One parent bought 3 for her twin daughters and son, along with associated cases, headphones, etc. Sickos. :)
 

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geez u guys make me feel poor. lol. Its all good tho. I don't even get close to hitting range 1. I'm a Instrument and Flight Control Avionics Specialist on cargo aircraft. I should get paid a whole lot more than I do. Crummy military pay. Theres some guy handing out towels in the gym the same rank as me getting paid the same amount. Its not fair sometimes I think.

roman
 

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i put my iPhone on layaway and only got 38 months until i own that bad boy..... woot

jk
 

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Definitely not "uber rich" but doing pretty damn well. Working my ass off for law and daytrading has been kind to me for past few years.. Allowed me to have my G35 as a daily car and my previous supercharged E46 M3, then 993TT, then 996TT and now RUF R-GT2..

Liking my iPhone, thought it wouldn't be "professional" enough but whatever, emails still sometimes are a PITA but I get by with it!

Martin
Hey martin! :cool:

Tell them the truth... You're a spider monkey breeder!
 
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I'm not at all rich, but comfortable.

I think any author that said most purchasers were middle to lower class citizens with money problems didn't spend any time on the Apple forums the first few days of the iPhone frenzy... when there were posts like "can I pair the iPhone with my BMW" or "the iPhone goes great with my Land Rover"...

(neither of which I drive, BTW, LOL)

:p
I dunno -- I'm still trying to pair the iPhone with my Lear jet...