Seeing that they're now available via several channels for under $50, this might be the time for me to make the leap. I still intend usage to be almost exclusively telephony — minimal email, almost no web browsing, and probably zero media play. So I'm interested in feedback from owners, and need to know if that phone is compatible with Mountain Lion.
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If you wait until the 5 comes out in a couple of weeks you may be able to get one free, with a 2 year plan of course. The 4S will be cheaper by then too probably. The 4S is noticeably faster than the 4 but if you're sure it will be mainly used as a phone the 4 would be fine. I use mine a lot when I'm not in the office for things like remote access, web, and maps so the 4S made a big difference for my use.
The 3GS works with ML so you'll be fine with the 4.
Steve, if I may offer a bit of advice here (with a short back story).
When I first got my iPhone 4, I had to talk my wife into it. She was 100% against smartphones, using the "I'll never use 99% of that crap" argument - she just wanted a "phone." Upon convincing her to get the iPhone, she then tried to talk me into getting the 3GS instead of the 4.
Long story short, SHE actually uses the phone more than I do now. She never believed she needed the bells & whistles until she actually had them, and had the time to play around with them to see how they might fit in to her life/work style. Add to that the ever-improving apps that take advantage of the latest hardware only (there are actually quite a few apps that will only work on the 4S already).
It's the old "buy more than you need right now, because you always grow into it" advice.
I can see you not feeling the need for the iPhone 5, but I would definitely recommend getting the 4S at the very least. If nothing else, the camera is better.
As for us, I suspect I'll be given the marching orders to go stand in line on Sept 21st to get the iPhone 5. A moderately decent problem to have, if you must have one, I suppose.
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Well, I really really plan to use it almost exclusively as a phone. I'm rarely away from the office, and when I am, It's because I'm in a meeting, or on a pressroom floor, or at the grocery store... where I am not going to be reading or sending emails, or Googling this or that. There might be the occasional emergency, but that's a stretch.
I hate texting and trying to read stuff on a tiny screen. I don't need to bank via smartphone (not even sure if my bank offers remote check capture unless it's fee-based). And in all the years I've had a phone with a camera built in, I think I've taken fewer than 5 pictures.
So my strategy is get the 4 or (4s at most) and see if I do begin to adopt more of the features and capabilities over time. If I do, then I'll upgrade when iPhone 6 comes along.
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I'm using my 4 much more than I thought I would, and I still don't have a paid app on it. Like the others have said, wait for the 5 to get out the door and then pick up a discounted 4s. You won't regret it at all. These things are simply amazing!
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