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My temptation to plunk down the cash for an iPhone grows almost daily, especially after the recent price drop. But now rumors are surfacing that Apple will update the device to 3G network compatible chipsets (not to mention an addition of GPS) by very early 2008. […]

My temptation to plunk down the cash for an iPhone grows almost daily, especially after the recent price drop. But now rumors are surfacing that Apple will update the device to 3G network compatible chipsets (not to mention an addition of GPS) by very early 2008. Of course GPS is no small feature, but how much of a difference will the network really make?

What do you guys think? Is it worth the wait? Has anyone with an iPhone had an unbearable experience due to the AT&T’s EDGE network? Does anyone curse AT&T every time they make a call?

  1. Well at least you are lucky to have a choice to buying now or later. But if I were you, i’d buy it now! For us canucks we have no choice but to wait to see if its even coming here! But with the hint of 3G coming to the iPhone it brings my mobile carrier one step closer to bringing it to Vancouver.

    Does anyone know if the EVDO service would work on the iPhone?

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  2. I was hesitant too, but then decided to take the plung after the $200 price drop. Dude, its totally worth it. The EDGE network doesn’t suck and when you’re near a wifi its uncanny. I live in Denver and travel to FL for work twice a month and have had zero network issues. The only thing you’ll want to do is download iFuntastic and change the text-message and email sounds to something you find online- the default ones can’t be heard.

    I rate this phone a 9.5 out of 10.

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  3. doode buy that dam phone already! Its only 399 you can sell it on the freakin ebay in 9 months whatever.. you have a apple blog you need it. ALso the hacks are so amazing.

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  4. I was hesitant, but took the plunge after the price drop as well. It is AWESOME! I have had no problems at all.

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  5. The EDGE network does fine with sites that are primarily text (NYTimes, Wikipedia, etc.) load at a reasonable speed. Since the iPhone doesn’t support flash and a hos tof other plug-ins, it limits the richness of sites you can visit anyway. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the speed.

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  6. @JohnJerrard
    Where in Denver? I’m in the Centennial area and my Blackjack drops calls ALL THE TIME. if the idea of one day getting an iPhone wasn’t there, I’d have dropped ATT *LONG* ago…

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  7. I am in the same position. The price drop may have been the last hurdle. But, if there really is a 3G phone in 1Q08, I may be able to wait.

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  8. Even if iPhone 2.0 with 3G doesn’t get here until next June, I’d wait. I got a RAZR V3xx from AT&T (a 3G phone) a little over a month ago, and I can say without hesitation that if you’re in a 3G zone, which is to say in a big city, it’s blazing fast. Google Maps would absolutely rock on 3G. Once Apple increases the memory and gets 3G in iPhone, I’m sold. If you’re worried about AT&T at all, I wouldn’t be. I’ve been very pleased with their service since 2001 (when they were cingular).

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  9. I was one of the guys in line when the iPhone launched and I would have to say get it now. IMHO I think the iPhone was worth the $600 when I bought it (of course I am not going to turn down the $100 credit) and it certainly is worth it at $200 cheaper. Who knows when the 3g version will come out, it could be December of 2008 for all we know and jacked back up to $5-600 for the 3G chipset. The EDGE network while not fast by 3G standards certainly is sufficient for most needs. I traded in my Blackberry and have never looked back. Not to say there are zero issues but it is the best of all of the options.

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  10. The price drop is great news for those of us who are holding out. However, this only the 1st generation. Future versions are bound to be superior in many ways (full exchange support, GPS, 3G). Also, Apple isn’t the only party working out the kinks, the wacky billing for example. AT&T has burned me before and was never too thrilled with their customer service, so I’ll be waiting for a 2nd or even 3rd gen version that I can use with another carrier.

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