Sep 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm #1294007
Who's gonna get one? Besides me…..
I was actually pretty underwhelmed by the announcement/'show', but it's time for an upgrade and switch from AT&T to Verizon so I'll get the new phone in the process.Sep 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm #1911685
doug thomasBPL Member
@sparky52804Locale: Eastern Iowa
I'm in on the iphone 5, and pretty much the same reason. Dumping ATT for better coverage, and better battery lifeSep 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm #1911696
My 4S isn't even a year old so no 5 for me. I do think the reductions in thickness and weight are nice although it's a little long for me.
Wait for iOS 6 and benchmarks before assuming the battery life is any better.Sep 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm #1911699
Stephen MBPL Member
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
I just moved to Verizon myself but went with the Samsung Galaxy S3 instead of the iPhone, only for the fact I can change batteries and out and put a micro Sd card in it.Sep 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm #1911773
But, but, but it's 20% lighter!!!
I have the iphone 4. "Unlimited" data plan with verizon. I've been thinking about switching to AT&T when my contract is up. Seems like the trend is to do the opposite. My only beef is the price. I have a family shared plan with 3 phones. One is jumping ship to At&T next month, so that leaves two of us. It would actually be more expensive for the two of us on Verizon's new family shared plans than we pay now (if we reduced it to 2 phones and an ipad). The new verizon plans really favor larger families or shared groups than those of us with 2-3 phones. I also get a 23% discount with AT&T which I'm obviously not using right now. Yes, there is a catch…that 23% only applies to the base package. It doesn't include data…which chews up most of the bill.Sep 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm #1911774
Can you turn off the cellular antenna on the Galaxy S3? That's one of my biggest complaints with the iphone.Sep 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm #1911791
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
When you iPhone 5 adopters are thinking about what to do with your "outdated" iPhone 4's, think of me. I'd be happy to take that outdated technology off of your hands. ;-)Sep 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm #1911796
I'd be happy to send you my iPhone 4 when I get my 5 Eugene. It's a bit finicky, but quite usable. It's an AT&T phone, 4 not 4S, 32GB.
Finicky – the top button that puts it to sleep/wakes it is quite finicky. You have to press it just right to make it work. Doesn't really affect the performance of the phone at all, it's just a pain in the butt (especially when you're supposed to turn it off for plane rides…..)Sep 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm #1911797
Michael LBPL Member
Stephen most people are switching to Verizon with iPhones because many were under 2 year contracts. So as they come up they switch.Sep 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm #1911809
You can turn off the cellular antenna on an iPhone, as you probably know (Airplane Mode), but what is it you want to keep on with the cellular off?Sep 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm #1911813
Stephen MBPL Member
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
You can put it in flight mode which turns off the antenna the same as the iPhone.
Cheers,Sep 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm #1911846
BER —BPL Member
What is it you were hoping for with the announcement program? I was actually pretty impressed with the upgrades across the iPhone, iPod, iTunes platform. I will be an iPhone5 adopter to replace my iPhone4.Sep 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm #1911859
@jaseLocale: A tent in my backyard - Melbourne
I had an old phone on contract when the iPhone 3G was released…
…so I waited until the 3GS came out before upgrade…
…so I grabbed one…
…then the iPhone 4 was released two months later…
…so I thought…I'll wait until the iPhone 4S came out before upgrade…
…then the iPhone 4S was released…
…so I thought…I'll wait until the iPhone 5 was released…
…then the iPhone 5 was released…
…but perhaps I'll wait until the 5S or 6 come out??
…hahahaha. No…it's time.Sep 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm #1911860
I'll be dropping my DROID2 for the iphone 5. I cant wait to get rid of this thing!Sep 13, 2012 at 4:28 am #1911876
I'd like to be able to use GPS without having my phone chew up a ton of battery life trying to find a cell signal.
I know the phone was designed to use cell towers and wifi along with GPS to find your location, but it has worked fine for me with just GPS.
Currently, you can shut off wifi and close down apps to save battery, but putting the phone in airplane mode will disable GPs as well. With the AT&T phones, you used to be able to remove the SIM card to disable the cellular antenna. Not sure if it still works that way.Sep 13, 2012 at 5:19 am #1911879
Ken T.BPL Member
Damn Apple quality. Still waiting for my eMac and click wheel iPod to bite the dust forcing me to upgrade. My aged Samsung phone just won't quit either. Dang it.Sep 13, 2012 at 8:36 am #1911920
@chadnscLocale: Duluth, Minnesota
Don't even own a cell phone . . . .
Wouldn't mind having one but at $250 and $90 a month for a data plan they are simply too expensive to be worth it.
Now if I was managing projects or running a firm then a smart phone would be worth having.Sep 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm #1912123
Stephen P: You can do this. Just switch your iphone to airplane mode. Bub bye cell coverage.Sep 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm #1912130
"My aged Samsung phone just won't quit either. Dang it."
I'm in the same boat Ken;->Sep 14, 2012 at 3:46 am #1912163
Can't use any location services in airplane mode, therefor, no gps.Sep 14, 2012 at 10:05 am #1912214
Jeremy and AngelaBPL Member
@requiemLocale: Northern California
Put a PIN code on the SIM and reboot without entering the code. That kills the cell portion but leaves everything else available. Bonus: you also don't have to remember where you left the SIM card.Sep 15, 2012 at 9:48 am #1912439
Rog TallblokeBPL Member
@tallblokeLocale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
4G is about to hit the street in UK on T-Mobile. Decisions decisions…
Being forced to have the phone chewing battery while using GPS is just dumb.
Come on Apple, you can think smarter than this.
ETA: Good tip Jeremy! there's always a workaround. My remaining problem is I have access to 1:25K OS maps on android for free, but it's pricey on Apple's services.Sep 17, 2012 at 10:28 am #1912960
I'll second Eugene here. Anyone wants to drop their old phone, I'll be happy to take it off your hands!Sep 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm #1913026
Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
"Wouldn't mind having one but at $250 and $90 a month for a data plan they are simply too expensive to be worth it."
My iPhone was $50 and my wife and I share an unlimited data and txt plan for $125/ month. – ATT
Coverage is as good as I need it to be.Sep 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm #1913549
Sooooo….I have read a few would like to purchase a used iPhone 4S. Let's start the bidding….NOW. I got one. Black, 16GB. Bought new in Jan. Let's go with $150 starting bid.
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