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iPhone 4: Signal Frustrations

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

I don’t have an iPhone 4 yet.

That says a lot for me.  For the past 3 years, I have lined up at Apple stores as soon as I could to buy the product.  Most of the time I was there the morning of the launch before the new toy launched.

I am the target demographic.  At least for launch, I am.  Every year I shell out about $400 for a new iPhone.  I renew my AT&T contract annually (for 2 years), and will purchase tons of apps (I had 8 screens before folders).  I am an early adopter, and have seen the iPhone sold for fractions of the initial price only months after launch.

I still don’t have an iPhone 4

What’s the big reason this year?  Well there are a few reasons:

  • It really is expensive to buy a new iPhone every year, and it’s taking longer to rationalize the irrational purchase.
  • What if the iPhone actually ends up on Verizon?  I don’t want to pay an additional $375 to leave AT&T (when my monthly contract is already $190 a month)
  • Signal issues — my current iPhone 3GS requires that I turn off 3G service in order to use it during the day (and not drop a call).  I shouldn’t have to do that
  • More signal issues — after hearing about signal issues, I am happy I have not jumped on the bandwagon yet.  If every time I touched that corner of the phone I spend the whole day on and off of — it disconnected, I would be VERY unhappy.
  • Apps need to change — the biggest upgrades of the new iOS 4 require apps to change more than the phone
  • Where’s my 4G?  If download speeds were faster, I’d have jumped on — but upload speeds are just faster, and even that is proving tough.
  • Micro SIM – Yes, this is a big issue for me.  I love the new Micro SIM, but it means I can’t just pop the SIM card and put it in an old iPhone.  I’d be losing all my old phones that I test apps and websites out on (yes, they all behave different, and I prefer it to an emulator sometimes)
  • Facetime? – It’s cool, but only on WiFi, and the other user has to be an iPhone 4 user

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iPhone 3G Electrocution – Non intended functionality

Sunday, September 21st, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

In an alert posted on September 19th, 2008 on the apple website, Apple Announces Ultracompact USB Adapter Exchange Program.

Yup, for any of you dedicated iPhone users who waited in line, or bought it early.  Good for you, now go hand in your AC adapter before you get shocked.

This really sounds like something that has a very low risk of occurring.  No injuries have yet to be reported.  

I think the only injuries would be when one of the prongs falls off in the outlet, and someone retrieves (errr.. tries to) it with a metal fork.

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