If you are subscribed to Cingular (now AT&T) and in the market for a new phone, or just simply wish to buy the iPhone because it’s the latest new gadget to hit the streets-you may wish to think twice before making that decision. I’ll say right away that I, myself, don’t own an iPhone. However, this article is aimed at those are struck between whether or not to purchase one in the immediate future. This article is for you because I am in the same boat.
There are a number of things you should consider before you choose to purchase the iPhone at this point in time. I have been in the market for technology related products for quite some time and I would like to pay those who’re not exactly well-versed in today’s technology some advice on your decision. There are a number of things you should consider before purchasing the iPhone, as it can only be the best purchase to make at this point in time.
Really, it makes sense.
One of the biggest issues is cost. If budget is of no concern to you, then you can skip this paragraph. If price is one of the major concerns in your decision-making, however, just to bear in mind that the iPhone is currently $499 for a 4GB model and $599 for an 8GB model. There is an extremely good chance that this high price for a cell phone will drop in a matter of months or more. The iPhone will probably decrease in price if you wait a couple of months maybe even a year before your purchase, as with most every other product in the tech market. If anything, Apple may release a much better, upgraded version with more memory for the exact same price. This is the usual trend with most Apple products, so if you’ve got the patience and have no immediate need for the iPhone at this point in time, wait it out.
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Also, when you purchase an iPhone, you are required to sign a new 2-year contract as well as a special iPhone Data Plan. The iPhone is also exclusive to Cingular/AT&T, so… if you do not have them as your provider and you want the iPhone, you’ll have to switch carriers and most likely pay an early termination fee (~$175). There are various other fees involved including taxes, activation fees, and so on. It’s the usual situation with most new cell phone and contract plans. However, it can become a large turn off for some people.
AT&T, which is Apple’s exclusive iPhone sales partner in the US, has slashed the price of the new 3G iPhone by $200 for customers who also sign a two-year contract. This brings it’s price down to $199 for the black 8GB iPhone, and $299 for the black or white 16GB iPhone.
Last, but not least, it’s always good to wait a couple of months before buying the latest and greatest gadget. Already there have been reports of issues dealing with the iPhone ranging from hacking, interference issues (this one was fixed), and various other bugs. This is normal and expected for a complex gadget like the iPhone with so much technology built into it. For you, the purchaser, though, it may mean waiting a while until they have all the kinks worked out. You’ll spend much less time trying to fix it if you leave the guys at Apple do it for you.
So, that was just a few points I wanted to make about purchasing the iPhone. It’s completely up to you whether or not you wish to go ahead and make the purchase now or later. Just keep in mind these particular flaws, as there are others I did not point out that can be obtained all over the web. Do your research first and then decide. It may seem like I’m bashing the iPhone for all its flaws. However, really what I’m doing is making sure those who choose to get the iPhone make an educated purchase. You’ll be happy you did, and I’ll am happy that you read this, because you’re now more informed.