Time For a Cell Phone Upgrade?
I donâ€™t leap to the newest technology every time a new phone or feature is announced, but Iâ€™d seen enough of the advantages of smartphones to realize that I wanted to do a cell phone upgrade. I also wanted to take a hard look at my cell phone plan to make sure that IÂ wasn’tÂ overpaying.
My service provider allows plan changes at any time, with no minimum wait. An analysis of my calling time showed I was paying for unused minutes, so I moved to a lower plan that still had unlimited messaging and data.
I was eligible for a phone upgrade. On my providerâ€™s website, I could narrow my search by price, operating system, manufacturer and style (for example, slider or touch screen). I liked that I could select four phones and reviewed their features in a comparison chart.
There were several phones that would be free as an upgrade, and at the top of the list was an iPhone 4 8GB. This seemed to me a great deal. The iPhone 4 had all the features I looked for:
- Appleâ€™s advanced mobile iOS operating system
- 8GB storage
- 3.5 inch diagonal display
- 5.0 megapixel camera â€“ adequate as my primary camera is a Nikon with 16.1 MP and 14x optical zoom
- Reasonable 7-hour battery life
Other iPhones that wereÂ notÂ free had more storage (16GB, 32GB), but I also have an iPod nano. I donâ€™t plan on loading the phone up with movies, so the 8GB should be adequate for any additional applications.
The Siri voice recognition feature available on the iPhone 5 and 4S is not included with the iPhone 4. This may be something Iâ€™d like to add at a future phone upgrade, though.
After all my changes, I am paying less for my service and enjoying a terrific new free iPhone, with some great free games. It really pays to step back and take time to do research before committing to a cell phone upgrade with a new plan. I expect to keep my iPhone for quite a while, but who knows what new technology may be around the corner?
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