Buying: iPhone 4 vs. iPhone 5 ?????

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by VR4ownzU, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    I'm looking to buy an iPhone through Verizon. Question I have is. Is the iPhone 5 going to be available through Verizon when it is first launched? Or do we have to wait till Feb of 2012? Seems stupid to buy an iPhone 4 next month only to have the iPhone 5 come out 4 months later. I'm willing to wait 4 months for a little bit better of a phone if I have to keep it atleast 2 years. If anyone has the inside track on this I would appreciate it!
  2. macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2010
    United States
    Apple finally has announced the iPhone on Verizon ... because of this, I highly doubt that they'd anger Verizon customers again by releasing their latest phone only on AT&T. Trust me, Apple's not that dumb.

    The next iPhone that is released will be available on both Verizon and AT&T. No need to worry ;)
  3. macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    By now if you have a decent phone hold out for the 5.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    Well I've waited this long for an iPhone. I can wait 4-5 months for the 5. Think of all those people with Verizon iPhone 4's bitching and trying to trade in for a 5.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    Available at the same time though?
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nobody knows. I would think Verizon would be crazy to release the Iphone 5 four months after the Iphone 4 on their network. It will make everyone who bought an Iphone 4 so mad. But people will also get mad if At&t gets an Iphone 5 exclusive deal for a few months.

    You can either take the risk and get an Iphone 4 the day it comes out and hope they don't get the Iphone 5 shortly after. Or take the risk and wait for the Iphone 5 and hope it's released early summer. It's a gamble either way.

    I'm personally going to buy the Iphone 4 the day it comes out. Then when the Iphone 5 is released I'm going to buy it also because my other phone upgrade should be available by then. Then I will give the Iphone 4 to my wife (she doesn't care about all the updated tech stuff anyway). Win/Win either way for me.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    On the other hand, I think it would be crazy for Apple to maintain two product lines for the iPhone based on carrier. It's such an inexpensive part to create two product lines, although they seem to be doing it with the iPad if the rumor/dev build is true.

    Someday I hope they do come out with a phone that can go between the networks, that you can purchase without subsidy, and we as consumers demand an unsubsidized rate. If I keep my phone for 3 years why should I continue paying the phone subsidy in my plan?? :confused:

    Yes...never happen...I know...
  8. macrumors 68040

    Jan 10, 2005
    If you plan to wait because a better product will be available in the future, you will be waiting forever.
  9. macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    The obvious choice is the iPhone 4...

    iPhone 5 does not exist as far as we know...:cool:
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2010
    Correct, they can't do it this year and they won't because iPhone has everything by today's standards...
  11. macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    I doubt Verizon is going to offer No. 5 so soon after just starting with No. 4. this year. I was holding out, too, waiting for the white iPhone 4 release but with all those delays and rumors I gave Apple the finger and went and got the black iPhone 4 and I couldn't be happier.
  12. macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    There is no such thing as an iPhone 5 ... yet. So decide what you need more: to have an iPhone right now, or to wait for something at some unknown future date that could be better.

    In computers and electronics, tomorrow will always bring something that is better, cheaper or both. You have to decide when you absolutely want/need the item, then be satisfied with your purchase.

    The only thing that has changed in the last decade or so is that we now have online places like Amazon, Craigslist and ebay where we can easily sell used gear.
  13. macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2010
    The poeple who say "if you keep waiting for something better, you'll be waiting forever" annoy me. You have a logical question, not everyone wants to settle. And to the people who say the iphone 5 does not exist, well, you are also wrong. There's evidence of it in the latest ios 4.3 build. The next iphone is listed as 4.1 and 4.2 (the current model is 3.X, the original was 1.x and 3 and 3gs were listed as 2.x).

    The only tough question is when it will come out. I could see it both ways. Apple may release an iphone 5 only on att and verizon may have to wait or both may be released in june at the same time.

    The way I look at it, you lasted this long. Wait another 5 months, if it doesn't happen, just get the iphone 4. You would've only waster 4 months.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2010
    man buy the iphone 4. it is so cool and imo iphone 4 sound cooler than iphone 5 or iphone 4s or whatever. but hey i'm not you so if you feel like waiting then wait. any way i hope you won't regret you desisting afterwards.
  15. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Any answers you get about the iPhone 5 will be 100% speculation. If you bank on that then I'd like to see your stock portfolio as well. ;)
  16. macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Hold out for iPhone 6.

    Just remember that old proverb, "A potentially really cool bird somewhere in the bush is worth two, maybe even three or four, real but imperfect birds in the hand".
  17. macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2010
    United States
  18. macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Proof? Didn't think so....
  19. macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    I bet the iPhone 5 will be released on Verizon's network on the release date. Apple wouldn't do that to their customers. It'd just piss people off!

    Looks like we're in the same situation. I'm eligible for an upgrade on April 22, 2011 but I think I can wait till summer to see what happens.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    This long into a product cycle, I don't know why anyone would buy an iPhone 4.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2009
    I was thinking about this as well. I mean, we've waited long enough for the iPhone to be available on Verizon, might as well wait another few months to see if the newer one will come out during the usual summer refresh.

    Luckily (or unluckily), I can't upgrade until August so I'm waiting either way.
  22. Guest

    Jan 20, 2011
    Why are you even considering waiting 5 months? It's just a phone! The world has gone mad. Just get the phone you want and don't look back. If you decide to wait 5 months to get the latest one you don't really need it. I have the iPhone 4, and more than happy with keeping it for 2-3 more years. Don't wait because the new one is going to be better - then you'll always be waiting. Wait because you find the iPhone 4 not being good enough. Everyday you wait is a day you don't have your new iPhone. What if you get hit by a bus in 2 months? It's just a phone!
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2011
    What made my mind to buy the Verizon Iphone 4

    The reason I made up my mind to buy the Iphone 4 rather wait for another 5 month's is the data package plan which is "UNLIMITED " for Verizon..I read from one of the speakers of Verizon they don't know if they are going to "KEEP" the "UNLIMITED" data plan anymore they might pull it by then, and who ever has it has it, then you are on the grandfather plan and who ever is upgrading to the Iphone 5 in a few months or is a new customer won't have that data plan and will be exactly the way AT&T is. So that's what made up my mind now to buy the Iphone 4 now then wait for 5 months or more...Thank You.
  24. macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Yeah I don't like the idea of tiered data plan for myself. It would probably be fine for my wife though because she didn't use the data on her current android phone much. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the options are.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2009
    trade in for a 6, 7...

    Where does it end?

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