- 05-25-2011, 06:58 AM #26
I still have this feeling, as soon as the iphone 4s/5 is announced, VZW will drop the unlimited data and go to tier'd. I just have this feeling (no facts behind this) that they are going to try to catch people waiting for the newest.
Next, from all the rumors, the up coming device isn't really ground breaking in anyway. Upgraded cameras, probably faster processor, you know, the typical upgrades.
Finally, if you are always waiting for the next device, you will be waiting forever, there will always be rumors in the world of apple that a new device is coming out.
Good luck with your decisions, but in my eyes, grab the i4 and enjoy it. It really is an amazing phone.
- 05-25-2011, 11:17 AM #27
I chose the white iPhone 4 over this phone and like others, have not looked back since. Nobody knows when the new iPhone is coming so you have to go with the decision that makes the most sense at this moment if you cannot hold out for the next gen iPhone.
Best of luck!
- 05-29-2011, 01:10 AM #29
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- 05-29-2011, 07:10 AM #31
I bought my son an iphone4 for his birthday 2 days ago. It is a sweet phone. He was looking at the android phones but really had his heart set on the iPhone. I'm a blackberry user myself but could see myself switching to the iPhone when it's time to upgrade next.
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- 05-30-2011, 06:09 AM #33
I just pick up a IP4 this past week and also thought about waiting for the next version. Glad I decided to go with the 4 as the phone is amazing and as of now, based on what I have read, the enhancements discussed in the next version are not earth shattering based on my needs.
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- 05-30-2011, 09:36 AM #36
What, exactly, do you use LTE speeds for? 3G works perfectly for me as far as streaming audio and video here in Philly. That, and when I'm at home, I'm on WIFI. Everything I've heard about LTE is that it is a battery hog, and the Thunderbolt gets absolutely terrible battery life.
Everyone I know that has a Bolt has regretted getting it after two months. Four hours and a dead battery does not a mobile phone make.
- 05-30-2011, 10:31 AM #37
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- 05-30-2011, 09:32 PM #41
Fast speed does not equal LTE. From Wikipedia:
3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE), is the latest standard in the mobile network technology tree that produced the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies. It is a project of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), operating under a name trademarked by one of the associations within the partnership, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
The current generation of mobile telecommunication networks are collectively known as 3G (for "third generation"). Although LTE is often marketed as 4G, first-release LTE does not fully comply with the IMT Advanced 4G requirements. The pre-4G standard is a step toward LTE Advanced, a 4th generation (4G) standard of radio technologies designed to increase the capacity and speed of mobile telephone networks. LTE Advanced is backwards compatible with LTE and uses the same frequency bands, while LTE is not backwards compatible with 3G systems.
MetroPCS and Verizon Wireless in the United States and several worldwide carriers announced plans, beginning in 2009, to convert their networks to LTE. The world's first publicly available LTE-service was opened by TeliaSonera in the two Scandinavian capitals Stockholm and Oslo on the 14th of December 2009. LTE is a set of enhancements to the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) which was introduced in 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 8. Much of 3GPP Release 8 focuses on adopting 4G mobile communication's technology, including an all-IP flat networking architecture. On August 18, 2009, the European Commission announced it will invest a total of €18 million into researching the deployment of LTE and the certified 4G system LTE Advanced.
While it is commonly seen as a cell phone or common carrier development, LTE is also endorsed by public safety agencies in the US as the preferred technology for the new 700 MHz public-safety radio band. Agencies in some areas have filed for waivers hoping to use the 700 MHz spectrum with other technologies in advance of the adoption of a nationwide standard.
- 05-30-2011, 09:42 PM #42
This is ridiculous. The MAJORITY of people don't stream podcasts on the go. There is, simply put, not a lot of use for true 4G for the average mobile user. What are you going to do when Verizon stops offering unlimited data? You stream a few podcasts using your super-fast 4G connection, and guess what, you're out of data.
If you don't like the iPhone, fine. Move along, and stop posting on this forum. You're on an iPhone blog.
I've used every mobile OS out there. I was a heavy Android user for years until I switched back to the iPhone. iOS is simply smoother, and the battery life on the iPhone 4 is fantastic. You shouldn't have to carry three batteries around, and constantly need to charge up. That's not a feature, it's a burden.
Different strokes for different folks. I'm perfectly fine downloading podcasts in the morning, syncing them to my phone, and listening to them when I have a few moments.
- 05-31-2011, 10:00 AM #43
You mad? Some reason you getting so upset over my like of LTE and how the Thunderbolt battery life is not a problem for me. Step back for a moment breath. You are upset because I have access to and like to use the fast speeds Verizon has made available, and I'm paying the exact same price as I would for 3G. My use of my phone should not anger you. I have more iOS products than Android. I've been a member of this forum much longer than you and will continue to express my opinion respectfully. The fact that you don't like it means little to me. You chose to respond to my post directed at the thread starter, then get upset because I had the audacity to answer your question.
The bottom is my 10/1 cable internet service, the middle is Verizon 3G and the top is Verizon 4G. So for the same price I should be content with 3G over 4G? C'mon folks
- 05-31-2011, 10:42 AM #44
Mad? Don't think, for a second, that I care about posts people make on an online forum. Like you, I was expressing my opinion.
Go back to my post and read the comment: Different strokes, for different folks. That's great that you like the Thunderbolt. I have an HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T, too. Good OS (rooted with CM7), but for me, my needs are battery life first, everything else second. I'll be at Fort Leonoard Wood for the foreseeable future, so 4G/LTE are not anywhere near my wish list for the time being.
Definitely not mad, I apologize for coming across that way.
On a semi-related note, have you tried using the Front Facing Camera to video chat on 4G? How is it?
- 05-31-2011, 11:05 AM #45
from what I've heard of the Iphone 5, or possible other names...I don't know if I'd be that interested. I heard it may be larger, and then widgets and things like that. I really love my iphone 4, so I decided to purchase and not wait. Really depends on what is important to you, (if you really like the iphone 4, or are on the fence and could deal with waiting)
- 05-31-2011, 11:10 AM #46
Then everything is cool. Smartphones are give and take. For what you gain on one OS, you have to give up things on another. I loved the iPhone battery life. Even when I was using wifi tethering it seemed to just sip on the battery, relative to my Android devices. I also loved the build quality and design, except for the smaller screen. Unfortunately, the things I liked about Android the most such notifications, app tie ins to the OS, information available immediately in widgets without the need for opening an app(such as my twittter/Facebook feeds and calendar/task), could not be duplicated in a satisfying manner on the iPhone.
I can't apologize for my love affair with LTE though. Everything on that you do on the phone that uses the data connection(a lot for me), is just so much more pleasing. Its just there when you need it, no waiting for data to finishing downloading. It's about as dramatic as the move from dialup to broadband was for me. The family does much on mobile devices, the the importance of having this fast mobile connection can not be understated. I have not used the front facing camera on the Thunderbolt with LTE yet, but I will later today.
- 05-31-2011, 11:31 AM #47