1. want_iphone's Avatar

    I've wanted an iPhone forever (am already on AT&T) and am finally eligible for an upgrade to it. My concern, though, is that by getting one, I'll lock myself into another 2 year contract with AT&T only for the iPhone to move to a better network etc. I've heard a lot of bad things about the iPhone like it can't receive picture messages (I must sound like such a newbie to you guys!), it has bad reception etc. I'm from NYC and have never had a problem with AT&T reception here, but it seems like it gets worse with the iPhone. Despite all these problems, everyone I know loves theirs. Would appreciate any advice.

    08-10-2009 02:59 PM
  2. Skywalker's Avatar
    Test one out. Ask your local AT&T if you can opt out the two year contract extension if the iPhone does not meet your standards. For MMS; you can read many posts on ways to open up this service.
    08-10-2009 04:54 PM
  3. want_iphone's Avatar
    has anyone tried that with AT&T? I know of a program where you can try the iPhone and switch to the BBerry Bold if you don't like that, but nothing about opting out entirely.
    08-10-2009 05:16 PM
  4. thinkTwice's Avatar
    I'm from NYC and I switched from Verizon (our gold standard here).

    Here are my observations:
    -Outside performance- same as Verizon to me, I've only had a few calls outside that have dropped or have had choppy reception... since the 3GS came out. Inside is a different story. Depending on where I am... if I have to make an important phone call, I know to use a landline or go outside. Certain areas of my office and my apt, the call fails 8/10 times. There are dead zones. For me, when I'm out and about it's not an issue. Call failed is something I got used to inside. It is rare when I get that message outside.

    -Data network is usually good- I use the GPS/maps program all the time and there are only a handful of times where I had to wait on the street due to a bad connection

    -3G v. edge. I keep my phone on 3G all the time and for the most part it stays on 3G. For the majority of the time, the iPhone stays on 3G. Again, it's inside, like in my apt. where 2-3 times a week, the iPhone will stubbornly stay with edge for a bit.

    -Wait or buy now. I'm like you- always wanted it but nobody knows for certain what will happen in the future. The 3GS rocks and the way I see it, if it indeed does go on to Verizon, I'm hoping the mass exodus will reduce the strain on the 3G network. I bought my 3GS when it first came out so really it's just an extra year of AT&T if the iPhone goes to other carriers.

    Overall, I'm happy with making the choice to switch and if I could do it all over again, I'd use AT&T. It can be a pain at times but for the most part it makes calls < accesses the internet.
    08-10-2009 06:19 PM
  5. sting7k's Avatar
    While inside try turning off 3G and see if you get an EDGE signal for making calls.

    To the OP, you can get an iPhone and return it within 14 days if you find you don't like it. You are going to need a contract for any phone you buy, and it will be awhile before the iPhone goes to Verizon; if ever so you could be waiting for a very long time.
    Last edited by sting7k; 08-10-2009 at 07:10 PM.
    08-10-2009 07:08 PM
  6. Bella's Avatar
    It should be ok! as long as u are on the 3g network
    08-18-2009 10:54 PM