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Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by PolySciSurfer, May 30, 2009.

  1. PolySciSurfer macrumors 6502

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    Why would anyone buy an iPod Touch over and iPhone? :confused:
     
  2. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    AT&T.
     
  3. PolySciSurfer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh ok. So if they don't get at&t service in their area or something?
     
  4. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

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    Or if they don't want to pay for the data plan... or if they simply don't want an iPhone.
     
  5. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    I did this. There were a few reasons.
    - already got a phone that I like that lasts four days on a charge with regular use.
    - I drain my touch battery every day.
    - Having two devices (although more bulky to carry around) allows me to use apps available on multiple platforms. For this reason I'm looking forward to an android phone. Or perhaps even the pre.
    - I didn't have to sign up for an expensive contract with the touch. I've no need for 3G.
    - I could get a touch with a larger memory capacity than the iPhone.
     
  6. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    I had AT&T and I travel quite a bit & found the service spotty. Verizon has been awesome. We also have a family plan for the company and everyone gets a good signal which wasn't the case with AT&T. I hate Verizon in many ways but it is the network. I have a LG Dare with a data plan that is much less than AT&T along with a 32Gb Touch. I've been able to tether via bluetooth on the Dare or my old Samsung and Nokia for years. If the iPhone were on Verizon, I'd have it in a heartbeat. My Dare has a browser, touch interface and removable memory card. The battery also lasts DAYS with use.
     
  7. PolySciSurfer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just hate carrying two when it could be one. You know?
     
  8. jmann macrumors 604

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    I did it for a long time when I had my iPod touch & Sidekick. I didn't mind. Since then I upgraded to an Unlocked iPhone 3G, and I love only carrying one device. I wouldn't go back.
     
  9. PolySciSurfer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sweet, that just may be the route I'm going. But t-mobile just gave me the loyalty plan, which is unlimited everything for 50 bucks. Ohhhhhh, I could get an unlocked iphone and still use my t-mobile plan? SWEET!
     
  10. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    I carry my iPhone AND my iPod with me everywhere ;) I can't be bothered wrestling with the iPhone's storage capacity when I have a video iPod.

    To answer your original question, my mum bought a touch because she wanted an iPhone/touch simply because she thought it was beautiful. She doesn't really like mobiles all that much though and is already provided with one by her work so the touch was the obvious choice.
     
  11. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Not 3G data, but yes.
     
  12. jmann macrumors 604

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    Yeah you can unlock the phone by using Pwnage Tool/QuickPwn. Here is a guide from MacRumors. It is really easy.
     
  13. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    It's not nearly as inconvenient as you would think. I need a phone, I mean really need one. The Touch works great for entertainment and as a PDA. I would hate to be on a long flight and walk off with a dead iPhone battery.

    Maybe some day the iPhone will come to Verizon and have an awesome battery and be 32-64Gb.
     
  14. Surely Guest

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    I bought my Mom an iPod Touch for Mother's Day so that she could use it to play games. That's really all she wanted it for.

    At one point, she thought about getting an iPhone, but decided against it because she already has a cellphone with a really cheap voice-plan (which she rarely uses as it is), and has no need for an expensive monthly data plan with Rogers. Her current monthly bill is around $40 (including fees and taxes), and if she got the iPhone, it would be closer to $80. And Rogers requires a 3 year contract!

    I really dislike AT&T- I may allow my contract to lapse and then switch to another provider that has a better network. As much as I love my iPhone, it really annoys me that I barely get reception in my building but people with Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc can use their cellphones anywhere, even on the elevator. Hell, if I want to make a call, I need to stand right next to the window or go on my balcony.
     
  15. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    vodafone halved my line rental and gave me a new free phone.

    mind you, apple gave me a 32gig touch for free so i'm not complaining :D
     
  16. RDM3 macrumors regular

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    Blackberry Bold :D

    I think the Blackberry email is the best you can get, I love my Bold, but I just bought a 32gb refurb iTouch, I don't use my Zune all that often now, traveling so it's not a huge deal for me.
     
  17. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    What in the world happens when an iPhone needs a battery replacement? All that crap that I had to reinstall/restore when I exchanged my Touch, I'd hate it if it were my phone I was without instead of an ipod.

    My Dare cost a whole $60 too. I can certainly afford to lose it and wouldn't feel terrible.

    What happens when someone wants to borrow my Dare and decides to play with it? Not a biggie, play away. Now if I had an iPhone and all my movies, pictures, music, etc. on the phone and someone wanted to play around with it and accessed my porn, what then???:eek: No thank you, I think I'll keep my phone as a business tool and my Touch as a fun tool.
     
  18. crmccashin macrumors regular

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    I like everything the Touch offers and I'm not important enough to have a phone nailed to my side. I have a phone at home and at work. If I'm anywhere else I don't need a phone.
     
  19. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    b/c my blackberry is much more useful. and i dont wanna get raped by the price of that data plan. And verizon has had better coverage in the bottom part of my state as compared to att
     
  20. jmann macrumors 604

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    How is Verizon's data plan any cheaper? It is a required $29.99 or $44.99 for enterprise server.
     
  21. smg9779 macrumors newbie

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    I don't want to pay $1000/year or more per phone just to own an iphone. My fiance and I currently pay $600/year total for two lines in a family plan and are very happy. Thats why I would buy an iPod touch over an iphone.
     
  22. eXan macrumors 601

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    Why I bought my Touch:

    - I already have a phone that is good enough
    - I could get a Touch with 2x more storage than on the iPhone and pay twice as less.

    Besides, iPhone was not officially available in my country at that time, so the added hassle of unlocking/jailbreaking wasn't adding points to iPhone's favor.

    iPod touch is twice as thin too.
     
  23. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I'm working on porting apps Ive made for windows and mac to the iPhone but...since I don't want a $100 a month cell bill from ATT I will stick with Verizon (even though their phone selection is all big and bulky junk) and just use an iPod Touch to test with.
     
  24. annk Administrator

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    I have a Nokia phone that I only need to charge about once a week, even though it's on 24/7. I only take or make the occasional call; most info I get and send is via SMS. So the battery lasts a long time. Being available by phone is necessary for me for a variety of reasons, and I don't want to be tied down to a phone charger.

    With the touch, I can use it exactly as I please, not worrying about running down the battery and then having to be without phone coverage until I get to a charger.

    So for me, they're two completely different machines for completely different purposes. As much as I like the iPhone's SMS interface, I can't see myself getting one until the battery is a lot better.
     
  25. hotrock3 macrumors member

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    hmm why would I, a college student, want to buy a Touch instead of the iphone?

    1) I have T-mobile and they send me free phones on accident.
    2) I don't need a data plan.
    3) I don't have the money for a data plan.
    4) I don't have money for the iPhone.
    5) I don't have the money for an AT&T plan of any kind.
    6) T-Mobile coverage is AMAZING, I have it on the chairlifts and not on the slopes. Just how I like it.
     

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