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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?
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