Yesss! I have finally received my iPhone 4 (just supported the Bay area, Financial Samurai!), and I was able to get it before the September 30 cut off for the free i Phone 4 case.  I wanted to hold out on my review until I had a week or two to give it a good go at it.  Because I haven’t ever had an iPhone before (I just had an iPod Touch which I felt was invaluable anyway), I am pretty happy to be hooked up 24-7 (now I can tweet more often!).

I did sign up for another three years (yes, ball and chain) with Telus.  I had about two months and a bit left on my contract.  After using my own blog post on How to Save Money on your Cell Phone Bill as a reference, and numerous calls to Telus (they were obviously getting very tired of me calling),

Here’s what my contract with Telus looks like:

Hope this helps you as fodder for your negotiations with ROBELLUS (Rogers Bell and Telus oligopoly for short).

  • 250 day time minutes
  • Free evening and weekends beginning from 6pm
  • unlimited text messages incoming and outgoing
  • voice mail 3
  • 500MB data
  • caller ID (it was tough to get this for free but they finally caved)
  • “New Activation” pricing on iPhone 4

The above is a total of $50+taxes, which brings it to a grand total of $56 a month for me (thanks to HST, which adds another 12%!).

I believe I am getting about $15 worth of bonuses thrown in for free.  Normally they would not budget on free caller ID or unlimited text messaging, but persistence is a virtue, especially when it comes to negotiating with the Retentions Department.

At first I really wanted 1GB of data, but I realized that I don’t use it that much.  Besides, I use Wifi at home.  I’ve been using it for about a week or so already and have only used up 20 MB of data.  As long as I don’t do mad downloading or watch a gazillion You Tube videos, I think I should be fine.

I was pretty adamant about not paying more than $60 a month including taxes, so I am glad I was able to stick to this with the new contract.  Telus is getting harder and harder to negotiate with.  I had to give up a lot of my old loyalty goodies (like 150 minutes nation wide long distance and Telus to Telus) for this iPhone plan.

Anyway, without further dillydallying, here is my review:

iPhone 4 Pros:

  • I like smaller width (good things do come in..narrow..packages..?)- at first I thought it was awkward looking, but when you turn it sideways to type, it’s much faster and more ergonomic on the hands
  • Pretty fast (I hear its the same speed as the iPhone 3GS)
  • The GPS/Map application is great (if you hit the “compass” sign twice, it will really follow like a real GPS, and it changes directions as your car changes directions)
  • The camera and flash and HD video-  5 megapixel camera, you can zoom, focus.. takes pretty good pictures
  • You can add play lists manually in the iPhone (instead of going to iTunes on your computer to do it)
  • They give you a free case worth MRSP of $35 if you request for a free case before September 30! (You know I can’t resist FREE!)

iPhone 4 Cons:

  • They say the “antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought” and only applies to certain iPhone 4’s
  • Unluckily, mine is one of them!
  • I have lost about 5 calls (one very important one in which I was talking to a bank and was put on hold while they checked something) which is very frustrating
  • Often there is only one bar of reception on my phone, if I hold it a certain way (how one would normally hold a phone)
  • The buttons on the side (to turn the volume up and down etc.) protrude so they seem like they can easily be damaged
  • The reception really is MUCH better with the case (now I average 3-4 bars instead of 1 bar of reception with the case)
  • It was so hard to find! Good thing Telus seems to have more supply than the other companies.  I ended up fluking out and found a iPhone 4 at one of the Telus dealers.

I wanted to leave you guys with a cute video that I found really funny… I swear, I must have sounded like this guy for the poor customer service reps who were dealing with me.  “I don’t care… I want an iPhone 4….”

Next week, I’ll share some of my favourite iPhone apps that I personally love and think is essential for personal finance.  Stay tuned!

Readers, are you as crazy about the iPhone 4 as I am?  Any die-hard Android or Blackberry fans?


Want More Tips On How to Earn, Save, Live?

Just say the word, and we'll deliver our weekly update straight to your inbox.  You'll also get access to our FREE eBooks on ETF Investing and Buying a House in Canada, as well as special offers exclusive to Young and Thrifty readers.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest