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With so many phone options out there, why go with the iPhone 3GS?
Remember, I’m still not eligible for an upgrade for another 3 months, which means I have a smartphone plan with no phone to use it on.
Here’s my breakdown of my choices:
- Bite the bullet and cough up $399 for a new iPhone 3GS
- Terminate my plan early (~$100), and start a new plan with new phone for $199: Verizon’s Motorola DROID, T-Mobile’s HTC CLIQ, or AT&T’s Apple iPhone 3GS
- Get an iPod Touch ($199) with unlimited Skype subscription ($2.95/month)
- Use a cheap non-smartphone ($variable) + iPod Touch ($199)
At the AT&T Wireless store, with Option #5
I went to a local store, told them what had happened, that I wasn’t eligible for upgrade, and wanted to know what my options were. Well, the sales associate talked to the manager, and they offered to upgrade me early. Total cost? $199.
Was that the only deciding factor? Nope:
- I’ve invested in many desktop and iPhone apps
- I’ve invested a lot in iPhone accessories. No, not just cases, but audio docks, etc. Since the 3GS shares the same dimensions as my old 3G, I know all the accessories will fit.
- After reading several reviews of Android-based phones, I see that even the latest Android phones don’t have the polished user experience that I’m accustomed to with the iPhone. (The flip side is that I can’t customize my experience, as I can with Android OS.)
- Skype-based phones won’t help me when I’m out of Wi-Fi hotspot range.
- I use location-based services (foursquare and Gowalla)
- I could restore all my files from my previous iPhone to the new one. No time-consuming setup required.
I’m happy with the deal, and will look at Android-based phones again in a couple years, when they should be more mature.
Would you have done the same thing, or taken a different path?