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post #2116 of 3200

US carriers are unbelievable with their bullshit. I'm going to be living abroad for a while and 5 gb LTE is going to cost me $12/mo with no goofy contracts or phone trade ins. 

post #2117 of 3200
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Originally Posted by Van Veen View Post

Just FYI, if they don't have to turn them in, they get $100 gift cards for each of those (assuming they're in good condition) through the Apple reuse/recycling program. Much better than you'd get on eBay.

Yes, that's why they are doing it now.

On the "turn it in to upgrade" thing... It is part of the scam in the new plans. If you sign up for next 18 or whatever, they say you can upgrade after 18 months, but they divide the phone into 24 payments or something. If you upgrade before making all 24, you have to turn in the phone.

That's functionally the same as you selling your phone for 25% of the value, which is crazy since an 18mo old iPhone is worth far more than that.
post #2118 of 3200
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Yes, that's why they are doing it now.

On the "turn it in to upgrade" thing... It is part of the scam in the new plans. If you sign up for next 18 or whatever, they say you can upgrade after 18 months, but they divide the phone into 24 payments or something. If you upgrade before making all 24, you have to turn in the phone.

That's functionally the same as you selling your phone for 25% of the value, which is crazy since an 18mo old iPhone is worth far more than that.

I'm probably going to just buy my iPhone through Apple I'm so pissed at Verizon right now, but I am worried about what Verizon will do when I hit the next upgrade date. Will they kick me down to the lower service-only rate, or will they still charge me the inflated contract price?
post #2119 of 3200
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Dunno where else to post this but ATT is now the final carrier to eliminate contracts.

It's amazing the amoubt of change John Legere has brought to the industry as a result of his "fuck you, large carriers" attitude.

I respect the shit out of that man.


People are still going to sign up for those payment plans at carrier stores to get their cheap iPhones. Sure you are not locked in, but how many are going to pay the difference they owe to switch carriers? It's a soft lock in and all the carriers know it.
post #2120 of 3200

So people who actually know the technical aspects of this stuff, is it possible that 3D Touch is the key to ditching the home button? 

post #2121 of 3200
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Originally Posted by ethanm View Post
 

So people who actually know the technical aspects of this stuff, is it possible that 3D Touch is the key to ditching the home button? 


I Believe it may. Doing this will allow apple to have more screen real estate on a smaller body. When you think of the iPhone 6+/6s+ there is so much unused real estate compared to other devices of the same screen size.

post #2122 of 3200
I can't believe these rumors about them dropping the headphone jack to make the next iPhone thinner. Does anyone honestly think the iPhone 6 is too thick? It's maddening if true. If they think audio is better with lightning then sell a set of lightning headphones, but don't drop the damn headphone jack.
post #2123 of 3200

I agree. I wouldn't want a thinner phone than the 6. A lot of people use cases just to add some more bulk to it as it is. 

post #2124 of 3200
I'd rather they make it thicker and use the space for a bigger battery. Smaller screen too, please. 4" is perfect.

In fact, just go back to the 5/5s form factor with the latest tech.
post #2125 of 3200
I hear people say that making the phone lighter helps in usability. They are around the weight of your average small paperback book as it is. Does anyone really have trouble holding these things with one hand?
post #2126 of 3200
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Originally Posted by Jr Mouse View Post

Does anyone really have trouble holding these things with one hand?

Only because they are getting taller and wider...never been troubled by the weight of a phone. but not being able to have a firm grip while reaching the whole screen with my thumb makes bigger ones hard to hold.

I can still onehand a 6, but I also have the hands of a 6'2 male.
post #2127 of 3200
Sure. I was talking only about the weight, but you are right that the size can make them awkward to hold. Making it thinner might actually end up making it even more awkward.
post #2128 of 3200
I've had trouble with the occasional device with a really narrow bezel too.
Too easy when holding it to be bumping the screen and either activating something or causing it to zoom instead of scroll when you move your actual finger.

I think they have fixed most of this in software though...ignore small touches near the edge...but it does limit your ability to hold the device.

The wide iPad bezel is way nicer for various sitting positions than some tablets that have tried to go narrow-bezel.
post #2129 of 3200
I just want the new iPhones to have thinner bezels at the top and bottom.

Don't really care if the phone is thinner, even if it doesn't mean improved battery life.
post #2130 of 3200
It's going to be a challenge with the home button. It's the center of iOS' UI and hoses the fingerprint reader. I'm not sure they will get rid of it anytime soon and until they do there is not much room to shave off the bottom.
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