Like the new phone but think I'll pass

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Moccasin, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Moccasin macrumors 6502a

    Moccasin

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    Given that it looks unlikely that the iPhone5 will be able to operate on all the expected UK LTE wavelengths (O2 & Vodafone will be vying for 800 & 2600MHz) and the likely timescale for implementation in many parts of the country that I spend my time in, I'm thinking of waiting until next year.

    The additional cost of the adapter (required for charging overnight), additional charging cables for when I travel etc, concern about resale value next year if incompatible with majority of new LTE services all combine to make me consider alternatives and save some money.

    At the moment, I might either buy a 4S or just pay for battery replacement on my 4 and wait until next year to see how things go. Maybe spend the money saved on a holiday instead!

    Am I being too negative?
     
  2. skysailing macrumors regular

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    The 4S is beautiful and I love it more and more everyday (not even joking). There is nothing "exclusive" about the 5. The 4S will get all its features.

    I would kick my own ass if I purchased the 5.
     
  3. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Why is an adapter required to charge overnight? It comes with a charging cable and wall charger in the box.
     
  4. Moccasin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have a bedside radio alarm which I use to charge overnight and which will need an adapter. Charging cable stays in my work bag for daytime or hotel charging as - due to a lot of use during train travel through areas of poor reception - my phone barely lasts half the day.

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    I fully appreciate that this is just my use-case and others probably couldn't care less whether I buy or not. However I do feel the LTE concern is a valid one that has been discussed at length in the UK iPhone 5 thread.

    It is a shame, as I like the design of the new model.
     
  5. jafingi macrumors 65816

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    Ok. Thanks for letting us know. I've been wondering the whole day whether you'd get it or not.
     
  6. Moccasin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Appreciate your concern! Makes me feel a lot better.
     
  7. x&y macrumors member

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    What exactly does this post achieve?
     
  8. 7even macrumors 6502a

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    Same thing as the OP: nothing.
     
  9. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    it achieves slightly less than the OP ;)
     
  10. chakraj macrumors 65816

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    it makes him feel smug :apple:

    OP I think I may also pass. $850 plus tax is just to steep for the upgrade.
     
  11. Sital macrumors 68000

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    About the same as yours.....

    and mine.....

    make it stop! :)
     
  12. Moccasin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was kind of hoping for someone to tell me I was being wrong. Ah well am sorry to waste your time.
     
  13. SeanZy macrumors 6502a

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    Lol he is trying to create a scapegoat to buy the iphone 5
     
  14. shawnwich macrumors 6502

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    Yes, when you install iOS6, your iPhone 4S will magically become thinner, sleeker, longer, and faster - just like the iPhone 5.
     
  15. daneoni, Sep 13, 2012
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    daneoni macrumors G4

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    Its a reasonable rationale.

    The lack of support for 850/2600MHz spectrum means one of the biggest USPs of the phone is already missing and will never happen...unless you switch carriers which is rarely cheap to do.

    And £25 for each adapter and cable starts to add up quickly.

    The 4S is still one of the best iPhones to have, even more so with iOS 6 and the 4 isn't too far behind either.

    I didn't know the 4S was a fat, slow, midget :confused:
     
  16. tigres macrumors 68040

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    Sounds reasonable, and rational to me.
    Thinking the same thing. AT&T does not have LTE in my area, and I won't go to sprint or Verizon.

    T-mobile has been a consideration; yet that has not been farmed in my area either.

    My 4S is fine, and .5 inches is not going to make or brake me. i can afford to upgrade; but I am not certain it a good decision. After all, they are not going to charge me less for only being able to access their overloaded 3G data network.
     
  17. skysailing macrumors regular

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    [​IMG]

    The software will be the same, smart ass. Who would pay hundreds for that "groundbreaking hardware"? Oh yeah, you.

    Save your money and buy the next gen.
     
  18. F123D macrumors 68040

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    At least it made me laugh.

    I love my iPhone 4 but decided if I'm paying $30 for data no matter what, might as well get 4G LTE out of it instead of 3G.
     

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