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Your Plans for the New iPhone 4

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We recently asked you to take a poll about your iPhone upgrading intentions, including your contract situation and which hardware features you found the most tempting. The results were sometimes surprising.

162 people answered the poll, and 48% of you are planning on upgrading within two months from today. That’s much higher than I would have guessed, but it validates the reason I eventually decided to run the poll: granted, the iPhone is not the only smartphone available, but it is ridiculously popular. In fact, 54% of respondents have some version of an iPhone right now. I work for a consulting firm with clients in many diverse industries. However, I see nearly all of my customers bringing their iPhones to meetings, so much so that when someone has a phone other than an iPhone, it becomes a conversation topic. 40% said they wouldn’t be buying an iPhone 4, and only 11% are going to wait longer than two months to upgrade.

Me, I’m pre-ordering today. After the credit card payment that I just scheduled for tomorrow ($900 instead of the planned $675), there are at most two more pay periods left for me to live with credit card debt, and the net result should be the same.

We asked which features were the best reason to upgrade, and here is the collective answer:

  1. 29% – Faster processor
  2. 27% – New camera system (and HD video)
  3. 23% – 960 x 640 display
  4. 9% – FaceTime video calling
  5. 4% – Wireless-n
  6. 4% – Dual microphones for noise suppression
  7. 2% – More storage space
  8. 2% – Gyroscope for 6-axis awareness

I agree; I don’t get the gyroscope thing, either, but I’m sure someone will come up with an app that uses it that I soon find I can’t live without.

20% of you told us your contract was up, and another 30% are still under contract but are eligible for the upgrade price. Half of that group has to deal with an $18 fee, which I’ll be saddled with, as well.

Now, to the task of finding the best place to sell an unlocked and/or jailbroken iPhone 3G…

Updated December 27, 2017 and originally published June 15, 2010.

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Smithee formerly lived primarily on credit cards and the good will of his friends. He is a newbie to personal finance but quickly learning from his past mistakes. You can follow him on Twitter, where his user name is @SmitheeConsumer. View all articles by .

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avatar 1 Anonymous

The poll was phrased so that those of us who don’t want an iPhone couldn’t complete it.

Which phone do you have now? *

* iPhone 3GS
* iPhone 3G
* iPhone (original)
* This will be my first mobile phone
* I live just fine without a mobile phone
* I’m between phones at the moment
* Other:

“I’m completely happy with my current phone” was not an available choice.

Which feature is the best reason to upgrade? *

* 960 x 640 display
* New camera system (and HD video)
* FaceTime video calling
* Faster processor
* Gyroscope for 6-axis awareness
* More storage space
* Wireless-n
* Dual microphones for noise suppression

For some reason, this question was required, even though I’m not interested in upgrading and don’t care about any of those features.


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avatar 2 Smithee

I don’t know… I have no plans to buy a PS3, but if you ask me the best reason to buy one, I’d say “the Blu-ray support”.

I was thinking of “I’m completely happy with my current phone” as a reason to pick “Other”.

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avatar 3 Anonymous

I Can’t wait to get the I-phone!!! Granted this will be my first I-phone as I have been stuck with a Blackberry with no data plan for about two years. Even though I have never had one, I’ve seen pictures and people holding them in the streets – That has to be as good a reason as any to get one.

Lucky for me I have waited so long to upgrade, that the I-phone 4 came out.

This is going to be my present to myself for getting a great job – Can’t wait for July budget!!!

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