Yearly upgraders who were waiting for white ip4... buy black, or skip this year?

bunnicula

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Okay, I know that not everyone spends enough on their monthly AT&T bills to qualify to get a yearly upgrade. I do know that a good many of us do, though.

I have upgraded yearly since Gen 1.

Now, I'm in the position of wondering if I want to even bother.

The trickle of phones, the long waits, the whole "antennagate" ordeal...

I'm starting to think that I should just hang on to my 3GS and wait patiently for iPhone 5.

Anyone else (who usually upgrades each year) having similar thoughts?

I do love the new retina display, though. That's about all I think I'm going to miss out on this year if I don't upgrade.

Decisions, decisions.
 

bunnicula

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Okay, I know that not everyone spends enough on their monthly AT&T bills to qualify to get a yearly upgrade. I do know that a good many of us do, though.

I have upgraded yearly since Gen 1.

Now, I'm in the position of wondering if I want to even bother.

The trickle of phones, the long waits, the whole "antennagate" ordeal...

I'm starting to think that I should just hang on to my 3GS and wait patiently for iPhone 5.

Anyone else (who usually upgrades each year) having similar thoughts?

I do love the new retina display, though. That's about all I think I'm going to miss out on this year if I don't upgrade.

Decisions, decisions.
Am I the only one who upgrades yearly for the subsidized price?

:)
 

illutionz

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For me, the best time to get iPhone is between Launch day - September... Otherwise might as well wait for the next generation.

That said, the best move is probably to just go ahead and get the black iPhone 4 or going all out and wait it out until iPhone 5 is out next year :)
 

bunnicula

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For me, the best time to get iPhone is between Launch day - September... Otherwise might as well wait for the next generation.

That said, the best move is probably to just go ahead and get the black iPhone 4 or going all out and wait it out until iPhone 5 is out next year :)
Yeah... that's pretty much my situation. I dunno that I want to wait for the next model, but waiting until the end of the year for a white ip4 isn't really something I'm willing to do. I'd rather buy the black now and see if they have a white one with the next model.
 

illutionz

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Yeah... that's pretty much my situation. I dunno that I want to wait for the next model, but waiting until the end of the year for a white ip4 isn't really something I'm willing to do. I'd rather buy the black now and see if they have a white one with the next model.
Yup, I've placed reservation with my local Apple store for the black one.... Ending my months of waiting :)
 

bunnicula

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Yup, I've placed reservation with my local Apple store for the black one.... Ending my months of waiting :)
I'm thinking I will g'head and do that soon.

I just need to figure out how to cover the thing.

Bumpers and some sort of screen/back protectors that don't show smudges.

I've had good luck with the non-glare ones in the smudge department.
 

Snowman3459

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My guess is that the white iPhone 4 will be released when the iPhone 5 launches. Sort of like the 8GB 3GS when the iPhone 4 launched.
 

bunnicula

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My guess is that the white iPhone 4 will be released when the iPhone 5 launches. Sort of like the 8GB 3GS when the iPhone 4 launched.
Interesting theory.

Eh... that'd be fine. Maybe they will have the thing sorted out by then.

:)
 

UCF-ENG

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Having owned the iPhone 4, and currently using my 3GS again, I would say wait. The proximity sensor issue renders the phone completely useless. The 3GS is a superior "phone", even if the 4 is a nicer device.
 

LordOBoogie

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Having owned the iPhone 4, and currently using my 3GS again, I would say wait. The proximity sensor issue renders the phone completely useless. The 3GS is a superior "phone", even if the 4 is a nicer device.
I have no issues with my proximity sensor. None at all.
 

bunnicula

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Having owned the iPhone 4, and currently using my 3GS again, I would say wait. The proximity sensor issue renders the phone completely useless. The 3GS is a superior "phone", even if the 4 is a nicer device.
See... part of me is thinking you're right on this... I do use the phone quite a bit.

If I didn't use the phone too much, I would just go for the black.

I'm not inclined to wait too long because of the upgrade issue. Soo... maybe I will just wait.

Then again, there's also the "buy one, see if I like it" thing... if I don't, I can sell on craigslist or something after I've tried it out.

And keep my 3GS.

I'll still be able to upgrade in a year.
 

RR1818

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How do you qualify to upgrade every year at the subsidized price? And do you have to sign another 2 year contract every time you do?
 

GamecockMac

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Having owned the iPhone 4, and currently using my 3GS again, I would say wait. The proximity sensor issue renders the phone completely useless. The 3GS is a superior "phone", even if the 4 is a nicer device.
Despite the fact that only a tiny fraction of users experience this problem, it renders the device "useless" and not even worth buying.

Looks like logic courses at UCF are sorely lacking.
 

illutionz

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I'm thinking I will g'head and do that soon.

I just need to figure out how to cover the thing.

Bumpers and some sort of screen/back protectors that don't show smudges.

I've had good luck with the non-glare ones in the smudge department.
As with my previous iPhones, I bought total body protection (3 piece) and as well along with free bumper, I think i'm set.
 

bunnicula

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How do you qualify to upgrade every year at the subsidized price? And do you have to sign another 2 year contract every time you do?
I have to renew... so basically, they cancel my old contract and sign me up for another 2 year contract.

I am eligible because the amount I spend on my main line (data plus voice) is over 100 a month... or is it 110? I forget.
 

illutionz

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Apple fans living in denial.
Some people genuinely have no problem... Who are you to determine whether they're in denial or not.

Even with antenna issue, I have been playing with my friend's iPhone 4 and I cannot recreate the death grip issue at home and office for the life of me. Once I stepped into crappy coverage area, however, I finally reproduced the problem.
 

illutionz

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I have to renew... so basically, they cancel my old contract and sign me up for another 2 year contract.

I am eligible because the amount I spend on my main line (data plus voice) is over 100 a month... or is it 110? I forget.
Yeah with that plan you're eligible to upgrade every 12 months ;)
 

bunnicula

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As with my previous iPhones, I bought total body protection (3 piece) and as well along with free bumper, I think i'm set.
I've never used one of those... I always use cases. With this phone, if I buy, I think I'd go with one of those shields, though. The phone is quite pretty.
 

bunnicula

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Some people genuinely have no problem... Who are you to determine whether they're in denial or not.

Even with antenna issue, I have been playing with my friend's iPhone 4 and I cannot recreate the death grip issue at home and office for the life of me. Once I stepped into crappy coverage area, however, I finally reproduced the problem.
This is why I think I might get one... we have great coverage around here.
 

esadb

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Some people genuinely have no problem... Who are you to determine whether they're in denial or not.

Even with antenna issue, I have been playing with my friend's iPhone 4 and I cannot recreate the death grip issue at home and office for the life of me. Once I stepped into crappy coverage area, however, I finally reproduced the problem.
God.
 

illutionz

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I've never used one of those... I always use cases. With this phone, if I buy, I think I'd go with one of those shields, though. The phone is quite pretty.
Unfortunately, I don't think there is any "matte" or "anti glare" type for these full body coverage.

What I usually do is to use the back (and side) from the glossy one but replace the screen protector with the matte version to reduce fingerprint.
 

dvrmstrng

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I was waiting for white...the minute i heard this new ordeal i called my local apple store and reserved my black....ill upgrade again when the ip5 comes out...just trying to decide on bumper color.
 

ARF900

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Thats a tough decision you have there OP, but just to contribute I dont have any problems with my proximity sensor (Third batch), I can produce the deathgrip problem if I am in an area with 3 bars and can get it to go to one, I havent gotten it down to no service though.