So my kids have been begging me for the new iPhone 4S and I explain that these phones are expensive with expensive service plans but they still want one.  I finally broke down and said I would get them iPhones if they were willing to trade in AT&T Uverse television in return.   The costs are somewhat comparable and this is a great exercise in making tough choices between things they want.

Much to my surprise, the kids agreed to give up TV for the iPhones so this weekend we went over to the Sprint store and ordered 4 new 32gb iPhones at a cost of $1200 + tax and a service plan around $230 per month!    Since this is a two year deal we’re looking at a total cost of $6,720 and I opted for Sprint because I did not want to get tagged with excessive data, texts or other shenanigans AT&T and Verizon have on their plans.

I know that this appears to be a great deal of money to many and it is but I have full rationalization for it.   Here are m top reasons and justifications:

1. Everyone knows the world and commerce is globalized but few see the mobility aspect.   The world economy is increasingly demanding workers be mobile.  I’ve logged 60,000 miles this year alone and many of my peers are going overseas for work these days.   Having an iPhone and its wondrous capabilities is a must and I want my kids to get a head start in that world.

2. “Find My iPhone” is a neat little feature that allows you to track your iPhone, it so happens that it will allow my wife and I to track our kids.  The safety and security this feature brings is worth cost alone but it is an added plus.

3. The iPhone isn’t just a phone, it’s a fully functional computer with thousands of apps that are beneficial to have to help educate, entertain and enhance human existence.

4. The iPhone will actually save me money in avoiding the purchase of alternative devices.  I’ve written about how the iPad has replaced dozens of physical devices in my home and the iPhone will do the same and by consolidating everything into one device, I will avoid having to buy things like Nintendo DS consoles, iPods, and even a cash register!

5.  By having a standard device between all family members, we should be able to stay in sync and communicate more efficiently and support will be the same.  Right now, we have blackberry, motorola, android/samsung chargers and cables (all incompatible) lying around the house.   We’ll leverage the single iPhone interface when we travel to charge phones and sync with computers!

So the only thing left to do now is turn off AT&T uverse which I will do after the Christmas holiday and keep it off for two years.   I guess for Christmas I’ll be asking for off-air antennae to plug into my $3000 LED TVs in the house!

I must admit, I rarely watch TV anymore and when I do it’s usually something on Netflix or Amazon Streaming and my iPad has apps for both of those things.TV manufacturers are missing the boat, instead of building in a bunch of features like NetFlix into the TV, they should build wireless streaming interfaces from mobile devices like iPhones so I can stream whatever is pulling down my phone onto the TV.

Finally, I’ll say that the Sprint store I visited was pretty full and they were sold out of almost all iPhones.   They had one 32gb iPhone left but it was black and we all wanted white ones.  I think this may bode well for Sprint and since their stock is in the gutter it may be a worthwhile investment.