Buy iPhone 4 now... and wait to upgrade 'til next year's LTE iPhone 6?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by smdewart, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. smdewart macrumors newbie

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    Here's a theory I'd like to toss out for your consideration...

    What if I bought the VZW iPhone 4 now (Feb 11) and bypass the iPhone 5 upgrade (likely *not* an LTE version) in order to upgrade to the likely LTE iPhone 6 next year?

    I'm thinking the iPhone 6 would be out in maybe July 12 -- and I'd be eligible for an upgrade in Oct 12 (the 20-month point). Otherwise, if I bought the iPhone 5 this summer, I'd be waiting even longer for LTE.

    Thoughts?

    P.S. The more I think about this summer's iPhone 5, I wonder if VZW would so deliberately throw iPhone 4 buyers under the bus. I realize they want to make money, but won't people be pissed? Or is the iPhone 4 just a guinea-pig run ahead of a mass-carrier (think SPRINT) launch of the iPhone 5?
     
  2. saving107 macrumors 603

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    this question is getting old.

    Buy what is currently available and enjoy your purchase.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Apple 26.2 Contributor

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    I've thought about this also... and that's why I got the 4.
     
  4. vincenz macrumors 601

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    I'd wait and just get the 5. That one should have HSPA+.

    2012's iPhone will be LTE, which all the carriers will probably charge an extra 10-15 bucks for just like Sprint is doing.

    HSPA+ should be a good trade-off with increased speed without the extra cost.
     
  5. ApexBoost macrumors member

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    If you want one, get one. There will always be something new coming out that is just a little better, just decide if the anticipated updates are worth enough to you to wait,
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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  8. Mr. Incredible macrumors 6502a

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    I've been saying the same thing for the past month. Buy the Verizon iPhone 4 now, and upgrade in October of 2012.

    That's what I'm gonna do. :)
     
  9. Reach9 macrumors 68020

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    Honestly, buy whichever you feel most content with. At the end it's personal preference. You'll never be on top of technology, so don't aim to do that.

    I have my iPhone 3G from the first day it was launched and i skipped the 3GS and the 4 upgrade. Mind you, i didn't calculate the iPhone 3G to be so slow in iOS 4.2.1, but that's because it is internally very similar to the original iPhone.
    The iPhone 4 won't be as slow, when iOS 6 comes out, so really just buy whichever you feel is worth it.
    Otherwise you'll always be waiting and not enjoying the device.
     
  10. mytakeontech macrumors 6502a

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  11. SonGoku v2.5 macrumors member

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    Personally, I'd wait for the iPhone 12; I hear it'll have 7G by then.
     
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I agree. The 7G speeds will be amazing:D
     

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