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OK, here's the deal...

Country Roads

Aug 31, 2011, 8:35 AM
The only smartphone I want is the iPhone. Believe it or not, I don't need data, and I object to having to pay for it. I want to talk and have the mp3 function in order to demo docking stations for customers. Now, if I HAVE to pay for data, then the phone is going to surf and talk at the same time, period. AT&T's iPhone does that. The current Verizon iPhone does not. No one seems to know what the next Verizon iPhone will be capable of at this point. Is the sticking point whether it will be a 4G handset? Is it the network? WHAT? I like Verizon's coverage pattern, but in the metro areas, AT&T seems to be equivalent. Does ANYONE out there know what we can expect from Verizon in the next couple of months?

Aug 31, 2011, 9:47 AM
Troll much? Buy an unlocked i-Phone and put it on a prepaid plan at AT&T or T-Mobile. Don't pay for data.

Aug 31, 2011, 9:51 AM
So you never need data on your phone, but if you have to pay for data, you want an advanced feature that most users didn't know existed before ATT started running their commercials?

The sticking point is the CDMA radio they used in the iphone isn't capable of it. The radio in the Thunderbolt is.

But if you don't want data, then get an ipod touch, and a flip/texting phone.
Country Roads

Aug 31, 2011, 12:47 PM
No, I don't NEED data at all, but if I'm going to get a subscription phone (I want to keep my same number if I do switch carriers), I will have to pay for it, and I knew a long time ago the AT&T iPhone did both at the same time. If I have to have the data, then I will probably use it, and I want a phone that does both talk and surf simultaneously. I also want only ONE device for both functions and the iPhone gives me that. I understand that CDMA does not allow both at the same time, but if the new iPhone is a 4G handset, then it will, right? It makes absolutely no sense for Verizon/Apple to release another 3G phone, since that is what is out there already.

Aug 31, 2011, 12:54 PM
1. Go to AT&T store
2. Port number to AT&T
3. Buy iPhone
4. ????
5. Profit.

Aug 31, 2011, 11:15 PM
And yet, it made little sense for Apple to release new versions of the iPhone that barely improved upon the features of the previous one, but it happened.

It makes perfect sense for Apple to release another 3G iPhone to both Verizon AND AT&T because they know that they'll still sell 60 million units without batting an eye. Sold units is money in the bank for Apple, or in other words, "perfect sense."

I have a Verizon phone that does simultaneous voice and Internet data and I never use it. Maybe if I lived in a world where I could be on a phone call and the person I'm talking to decided to email me something instead of just telling me what the email says, I'd need the feature. IF you need it, all power to you, but by the sound of it,...

Sep 6, 2011, 12:37 PM
Actually, I have been thinking about this. Since I have the iPad2, I am wondering why I still need data on my phone. I may switch back to a plain phone and reserve the Internet for my tablet.

Aug 31, 2011, 1:17 PM
There's also the point where if you don't need data, you could get a data plan for half what you'd pay Verizon with AT&T.

Aug 31, 2011, 1:24 PM
AT&T has a cheaper data plan than $20?

Aug 31, 2011, 4:27 PM
OK, time for a little lesson on data plans. AT&T and Verizon each have three options.

200 MB for $15
2 GB for $25
4 GB with tethering/mobile hotspot for $45

2 GB for $30
5 GB for $50
10 GB for $80
Can add mobile hotspot to any of those for $20 extra, which also gives 2 GB data

Now, while Verizon may have higher plans, they're a helluva lot more expensive, and most people won't need more than the 2 GB plan on either carrier. If you don't need data that much and just want the smartphone, you can pay for the AT&T's smallest plan (200 MB for $15), but with Verizon the least you could pay is $30 for 2 GB.

Me personally, I have the 200 MB plan with AT&T and just use Wi-Fi when I need to. Wi-Fi is everywhe...

Sep 2, 2011, 5:09 PM
Thanks for the lesson.

Verizon has a 300MB for $20 bucks in select markets. I'm in one of those markets, thats why i asked the question.

Sep 2, 2011, 5:30 PM
Oh, that's cool. Didn't know that one. I wish the "lower" data plans would offer more... like around 400 or 500 MB instead of 200 or 300. It would make a big difference...

Aug 31, 2011, 2:54 PM
So why don't you just get an ipod touch, the only reason you say u want an iphone is "to demo docking stations for customers". Do you work somewhere that your making commission off these docking stations, and how many people ask you to demo them? I personally would not want to take my PHONE out everyday/allday to show idiots how to use an alarmclock/radio with an IPOD dock. In conclusion you don't HAVE to pay for data 👿
LL Cool Jake

Sep 2, 2011, 5:29 PM
The iphone? LOL that's a girls phone!

Sep 6, 2011, 3:03 PM
Was this your only question?

Country Roads said: Does ANYONE out there know what we can expect from Verizon in the next couple of months?

Answer: NO.

The rest of your post is too incoherent a ramble for me to comment on it...

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