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The iPhone 5/iOS 6 thread

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Chris Blount, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. dennisj00

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    The jump in the already absurb price of $5 for 200 texts to $20 is even more absurd.

    After the dust settles next week, I'm going to call and see if one of the unlimited sharing plans won't work better. We never get close to talk minutes.
     
  2. TBlazer07

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    Correct, "unlimited" to 5GIG then allegedly down to Edge. Most I ever use is 800MB and that's 95% from Pandora when I am out every morning walk/running.

    My wife has a 4 on T-Mo PPM (no data) but the E or 3/4G icon still shows. Soon as I see that go to 3/4G I'll probably switch. She is on the minute plan and for ~$97 she gets 1,000 mins and/or texts good basically forever or until she uses them up (which could be forever 'cause she's also 65)! They have lasted almost 3yrs for her so far. The 1000 mins are good for a year then you can add $10 and it extends the whole thing for another full year. So for the last almost 4 years her account has cost me about $125 total or around $41/yr vs ATT/VZW rates even as a add-a-line. :lol:
     
  3. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    The cheapest sharing account is around $105 on either carrier for one line then add $45 for add'l lines (+ BS taxes and fees). The "sharing plans" are also a ripoff for MOST 1 or 2 line people. If you're 65 look at the 200 min/$30 ATT plan. ;)
     
  4. RunnerFL

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    You wouldn't want to go to Verizon anyways, you STILL can't talk and surf at the same time on their iPhone even with LTE. I found that out at the last moment and it's a good thing because I was going to switch to Sprint for the iPhone 5. I'm glad I didn't now.
     
  5. dpeters11

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    I'd like to see the iFixit report on the adapters. I have a feeling that its more than just a simple cable.
     
  6. RunnerFL

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    I have a feeling you're right.
     
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    Yeah, I see that now. I really need to learn to read entire articles not just up until the part I like. :lol:
     
  10. TBlazer07

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    Never ever needed to talk & surf at the same time. I'm too old for that anyway. I can only do one thing at a time. :lol:

    My feeling is this. Been on AT&T for many many years up until I switched to T-Mo pp early this year. AT&T's 3G & HSPA+ data has always been horrendous on whatever phone I had (and there were many). Usually around 1-2Mb download with pings over and above 1,000ms. Virtually useless be it an iPhone, a Samsung or whatever else I had over the years (on T-Mo $30 pre-paid plan my avg download is 8-12Mb with 20-50ms ping on my G-Nex and my previous GSII).


    I have a VZW LTE iPad and get 30-40Mb with 20ms ping 99% of the time. What good is a smartphone if the data is useless? AT&T's network here (northern NJ) is horrendous. Their LTE ends about 2 miles from my house. VZW LTE blankets the state.

    Don't need no stinkin' simultaneous voice and data especially if the data barely works.


    But I ain't payin $110+/month for VZW, that thievery, so it's a moot point anyway.
     
  11. dpeters11

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    Wait, you mean these things can make phone calls?! Seriously, sometimes I think that's becoming a secondary function.
     
  12. RunnerFL

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    Well I'm no youngin' but I'm the exact opposite. I'm lost if I only have one thing to do at a time. I can't ever just sit and watch TV or sit and read a book. I have to be doing more than one thing at a time.

    Yeah, their data prices are crazy. I don't even hit $90 after taxes with AT&T and that's with a 3gb data plan.
     
  14. djlong

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    Exactly My first mobile phones were in 1990. I had one built into the center console of the '89 Olds Toronado that I'd bought and I inherited the "brick and handset" that my mother had in her car (complete with the then-common curly-base antenna) when she died in '90. I *think* the company was still NYNEX back then but I couldn't swear to it.
     
  15. Mike Bertelson

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    Wow. Interesting post.

    Most people here are familiar with all the phones you mentioned. There’s nothing wrong with being loyal. I prefer Android but I also have an iPhone.

    What you fail to see is all these platforms do basically the same things. They approach it differently, there are unique features, but in the end they all do the same things.

    The question is which compromises you’re willing to live with and what features you really want. Make no mistake about it; there are some compromises to be made no matter which you choose.

    Mike
     
  16. Stuart Sweet

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    I'm saying this everywhere because I hope someone builds one...

    If you have a speaker dock, you know it is shaped for the fattest iPod. Make an adapter that fits that exact shape. Put a slanted back on it so the phone doesn't rely on the connector to stand up. The back should write be adjustable or allow for 1-2mm play so the phone can stay in a case.

    I would pay $25 so my existing $200 dock isn't obsolete.

    Would you guys agree? Can you imagine what I am talking about?
     
  17. Herdfan

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    The way AT&T is pricing their shared data plans, it is. Completely unlimited voice and texts - they get you on the data.
     
  18. TBlazer07

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    Won't happen until Apple decides to license the adapter to 3rd party manufacturers. The adapter has a chip in it, it's not a dumb connector.
     
  19. Stuart Sweet

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    I have no doubt you're right and I hope the licensing is in place, since several manufacturers have upcoming products with the new connector, according to the iPhone press event.
     
  20. RunnerFL

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    Here's some pretty good info on the new connector.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409737,00.asp

    It appears as though even if you get one of Apple's adapters you still may not have all the functions of your docking device.

    And Apple is saying Lightning to HDMI and Lighting to VGA adapters are "arriving soon".

    http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/apple-lightning-port-to-hdmi-and-vga-adapters-arriving-soon-14-09-2012/

    And iPhone 5 buyers who live in countries in the EU are getting lightning to microUSB adapters to comply with EU laws:

    http://theultralinx.com/2012/09/apple-lightning-vs-microusb.html
     

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