Is it realy worth it to get the non intel iphone?

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  1. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    Lost my ATT 7 plus at edc. I needed a replacement right away so went to the Apple store at Cesar's. Since I had to pay full price I wanted the QUALCOMM unlooked version but she said she could only activate the att sim with the ATT version. Otherwise I would have to go to the ATT store and deal with getting a sim etc. I was pressed for time so I just got the ATT version. Is it worth returning it to the Apple store and getting the QUALCOMM version? Is there that big of a difference in reception, data speeds, resale value etc? Ill be selling it as soon as the next model comes out in September.

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  2. bufffilm macrumors 601

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    Radio reception difference?...depends on who you ask. It's there on paper if nothing else. Search the forum on past threads.

    Since you already using it...I'm keeping quiet.
     
  3. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Well, not really if AT&T and T-Mobile are the only networks you plan to have the phone used on.

    But if you ever plan to use it on Sprint or Verizon, well…no reception and no speed. Zero. Nothing. Nada.

    Because your Intel version of the phone doesn't have CDMA radios.
     
  4. thadoggfather macrumors 604

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    I wouldn't sweat it personally, especially if you never intend to use CDMA as mentioned,

    But if it's gonna bother you, Either model should be easy to find at this point without hype anymore

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    I personally wouldn't swap either if you got a good screen/build/functionality, etc.

    You could get a different radio model with problems you didnt have before
     
  5. VanillaCracker macrumors 68030

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    From what I've read on a few forums here, and based on graphs of theoretical max (which does effect performance even below the theoretical max scenarios), I would say yes, it is really worth it.

    If you live and work in an area with 5/5 bars all the time, I would say maybe not. However the reality for most people is that signal strength will vary between 3/5 bars (sometimes below that), and in those lower bar scenarios, I would not want a weaker radio. These situations have played out in various forums. Carrier is a factor, but not exclusive. I've seen speed tests that show that the radio is at play as well.
     
  6. blackberrycubed macrumors 6502

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    Qualcomm model:
    1. higher resale
    2. works on verizon and sprint
    3. better reception in low signal areas
    4. faster speeds (lte)
    5. bragging rights.
     
  7. VanillaCracker macrumors 68030

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    Not to mention you get to support a company that holds their own against Apple in a lawsuit :D
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    1 no
    2 no, sprint might not allow it on their network.
    3 anectodal evidence.
    4 useless bragging.

    Get whatever you want op.
     
  9. thadoggfather macrumors 604

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    You'll be disappointed when u specifically list on Craigslist it's a Qualcomm iPhone 7 and the average prosect says "but what do u mean by it's a Qualcomm does it work with t mobile" and continues to lowball like they were gonna anyways :D
     
  10. richard371 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    To exchange it i will have to spend an hour or 2 out of my day going to Apple store then the countless time restoring and reentering all the passwords etc if i switch to the qualcomm. Is it really worth all the trouble?
     
  11. bufffilm macrumors 601

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    Right...the average iPhone buyer isn't going to care what radio is in there or pay more just because it's a Qualcomm.

    They just want to make sure it works on their carrier, etc.

    Use the phone and sell it when it's time.

    More important things going on in most people's lives..
     
  12. VanillaCracker macrumors 68030

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    If you're not the type of person to "pay the price" of time for better tech, then you normally wouldn't be the type of person to write up a thread about it either :confused:
     
  13. noobinator macrumors 601

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    The difference is nominal and will most likely never realized by you and never understood by anyone you are attempting to sell your old phone to.
     
  14. AppleComputer macrumors member

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    top marks indeed.
     
  15. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Some people when they buy or sell an iPhone they act like they're investing in a multi million dollar real estate property.
    Its only a cellphone.
    Use it and enjoy it instead of worrying so much about reselling it later.
     
  16. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Word on the street is that while the Qualcomm chip is much more capable in terms of performance than the Intel one. You will not see the benefit because Apple has deliberately Throttled the Qualcomm one to make it perform just like the Intel one to avoid the user experience being different.
     
  17. VanillaCracker macrumors 68030

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    Except people still notice real world differences between the two chips. They only throttled the max speed capability.
     

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