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5 Reasons Why Not To Get An iPhone

Posted by g3tech on June 28, 2007

Price/Storage: Probably the biggest reason to wait is the price. The iPhone will cost $500 USD (4GB) and $600 USD (8GB) AND you still have to sign a new two-year agreement. Don’t expect this phone to replace your iPod either. The top-of-the-line, $600, 8GB iPhone only holds 2,000 songs, and only a handful of videos and full-length movies. You could easily get an  80GB video iPod for almost half the price. There’s no reason to have to pay full price and sign an agreement.

Plans: As I mentioned previously, the cheapest plan is $60/mo for 450 minutes. And in two years, you’ll end up paying close to $2,000 for service alone. Plus there is the $36 activation fee, and a two-year contract on top of that. Those who already have an AT&T account can expect to pay an additional $20-$30 for the “iPhone plan” which includes Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, and unlimited data since there is no voice-only plan. And to top it all off, Apple’s web site says that a two-year agreement is required for iPhone activation.

Network: Surprisingly, the iPhone does not run on a third-generation (3G) network, instead it runs on the slower EDGE network. Forbes thinks Apple opted for the slower network because AT&T’s EDGE coverage spans across 13,000 cities and towns nationwide, compared with only 165 major U.S metro areas that have 3G coverage. Perhaps a second- or third-generation iPhone will have 3G capability. And while the iPhone may have Wi-Fi capabilities, realistically, looking for a hotspot when you’re out can be a challenge.

First Generation: A geek’s rule of thumb is to never get a first generation gadget. Apple is one of the few companies that revamps its products at such a quick pace, that in this case, they actually make it quite bearable to wait for the second revision. Look at all the improvements they’ve made on iPods and MacBooks. It may seem like waiting for a new iPhone will be an eternity, but I bet it’ll be a matter of months before we see a better, faster version.

Long Lines: I love technology as much as the next guy, but no gadget is worth standing in line days in advance for, not even the iPhone. People have already started to line up, and some are even betting real money that someone will get trampled. I would add getting shot at, beaten, mugged, and possibly being hospitalized to the list. (Anyone remember PS3 sales?)

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2 Responses to “5 Reasons Why Not To Get An iPhone”

  1. kz said

    dumbass…

  2. site master said

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