Touch v Phone - What to Buy

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  1. englishman macrumors 6502a

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    I am feeling a bit left out of touch and iPhone and also want to learn to write apps (for teaching purposes)

    I can get a used iPhone or new Touch and wondered what would be better?

    Tried searching on the web but the answers are about previous generations - I'm asking about 3G phone v Touch 2nd/current gen.

    What to buy?...

    If the answer is the phone can do everything the touch can do, and more then I'll just get a phone
     
  2. ottawaapplefan macrumors member

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    The iphone can do more but you have to pay monthly fees.
     
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    @OP, this is true. Do you have an existing cell phone plan with another company? Are you eligible for an upgrade?
     
  4. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    In the UK no monthly plan is required - there is something called Pay and Go - since this is a plan I already have I am hoping it would just be a matter of transferring the Sim across.

    I don't particularly want to carry around 2 gadgets - a phone and a touch.

    But I don't want to pay extra 3g charges - I'll just be using wifi.

    I hope there is a facility to switch 3g off on the iPhone.

    In the UK touches are £150 new and you can get used iPhones for £50 or so more.
     
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    Are you seriously telling me that no monthly plan is required with the iPhone? Must confess that I thought that was the whole point of the exercise, to design something desirable and ensure that people were then tied into ghastly contracts, hence the popularity of things such as "Jailbreak". If you can be certain there is no obligation to get a contract, then go for the iPhone, otherwise enjoy the Touch.

    Cheers and good luck
     
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    What network are you on? If its o2 you can use your current sim in the iPhone without any unlocking needed. Im on an o2 contract that i got with a different phone but i bought the iPhone on pay as you go and just popped my old contract into it and it works fine.

    Oh and you can just use wifi to connect to internet, you can turn the 3g off :)
     
  8. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, in the UK no contract needed - I think its EU competition rules.

    I'm a light user of the phone - £10er a month

    But I need to learn how to write apps for professional reasons

    And I'd quite like to get hold of my email on the road occasionally

    Music will be nice - and games for the kids.

    A friend who has one though tells me the keyboard is useless - although I guess its a matter of preference.
     
  9. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    The iPhone would also give you a year of free 3G internet so you wouldn't have to turn off 3G for a year.
    However if getting a new phone isn't important to you the iPod Touch is much cheaper.
     
  10. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is that just with a new phone - I'd be getting used on Ebay.
     
  11. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    I think that it is just with new phones. Sorry.
     
  12. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  13. RyanTheGeneral macrumors regular

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    I have both (had itouch first) then I switched server and need plans in us already had AT&T so got an iphone.. In my opinion its the same thing HOWEVER... if you dont really need the phone aspect might just go with itouch. The iphone battery life is not as good as itouch in my trials. however I use my iphone for internet and obviously for phone. but the touch seems to last alot longer.
     
  14. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Its just the carrying 2 gadgets v a one-in-all

    Seems the iPhone wins
     

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