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shivstar
30th November 2008, 09:58 AM
Hi all... I've been back and forth trying to decide... so here is my situation, hope you can give me some insight...

I need to get a new phone and will be joining a contract, so I'm just trying to decide if the iPhone is really worth it, for what i need. I have used SonyEricsson phones for a long while and have found them to be reliable and very usable...however I sold my Touch (about 4 months ago) wanting to buy an iPhone, but now its come down to it i'm in 2 minds. Do i want to lose those small, but useful, features found in normal handsets? Like being able to delete individual text messages and calls, send files between mates via bluetooth and even copy/paste (which i can do with my SE - to copy numbers into text messages).

My options are:
1. Voda $49/m = SonyEricsson phone (+ buy new iPod)
2. Voda $69/m + $7.92/m = $76.92/m - iPhone
3. Optus $49/m + $13/m = $62/m - iPhone

How much data do you get through? Is 250MB really enough?
If i do get an iPhone, what do you guys think... Voda or Optus? Is Optus getting any better?

The main thing I want to know is what made you choose the iPhone? do those extra features outweigh the loss of "standard" phone features?

thanks for reading... much appreciated.

decryption
30th November 2008, 10:01 AM
250MB is heaps. I only use ~100mb/month and I'd call myself a fairly heavy user.
Go with Vodafone, their tubes are less clogged than Optus.

cgollner
30th November 2008, 10:09 AM
Optus coverage is definately improving especially in Sydney CBD (where I work) and Penrith(where I live). Have full strength 3G all the time now. Also have 3G coverage in our computer room where it used to have no data coverage at all. Better building penetration. I have 100meg of data and only use it really for email with the occasionally web surf. Average about 50megs a month.

shortlex
30th November 2008, 10:13 AM
Optus coverage is definately improving especially in Sydney CBD (where I work) and Penrith(where I live). Have full strength 3G all the time now. Also have 3G coverage in our computer room where it used to have no data coverage at all. Better building penetration. I have 100meg of data and only use it really for email with the occasionally web surf. Average about 50megs a month.

Penrith, OHHRAH! But what I noticed is that around the station area there is only edge network, weirdly enough when your on the train, when you just past the ends of the station, the 3G network turns on... it's only around the plaza area I don't get 3G!

DeKa
30th November 2008, 10:50 AM
But what I noticed is that around the station area there is only edge network

EDGE? You sure? Which network are you talking about ? Optus and Voda don't have EDGE - only Telstra (and Hutchison 3 roaming on the Telstra GSM network).

Samb0
30th November 2008, 11:21 AM
250MB is heaps. I only use ~100mb/month and I'd call myself a fairly heavy user.
Go with Vodafone, their tubes are less clogged than Optus.

I dun think iv gone over my 150 MB Data pack the trick is use it for browsing not youtube and high bandwidth killers. Update all apps when you in a home network then you can use youtube and those high bandwidth killers :). I have mobile me on my phone aswell I only push Contacts and Calendars though. Use wi fi whenever you can. have you considered Telstra if you can afford $30 a month $10 Data Pack = 150 MB I think its $399 Up Front cost for the 16GB iphone or $279
8GB Iphone. get free access to Telstra Hotspots eat at MdDonalds and browse net for free sounds pretty good.

EdgeOfQuarrel
30th November 2008, 12:23 PM
8GB Iphone. get free access to Telstra Hotspots eat at MdDonalds and browse net for free sounds pretty good.

mcdonalds could have free mac pro terminals with 30" displays and unlimited porn,torrents,music ect and it still wouldn't be enough to put up with the mcsmell of mcdog mcburgers cooking!

NeoRicen
30th November 2008, 01:24 PM
Hi all... I've been back and forth trying to decide... so here is my situation, hope you can give me some insight...

I need to get a new phone and will be joining a contract, so I'm just trying to decide if the iPhone is really worth it, for what i need. I have used SonyEricsson phones for a long while and have found them to be reliable and very usable...however I sold my Touch (about 4 months ago) wanting to buy an iPhone, but now its come down to it i'm in 2 minds. Do i want to lose those small, but useful, features found in normal handsets? Like being able to delete individual text messages and calls, send files between mates via bluetooth and even copy/paste (which i can do with my SE - to copy numbers into text messages).

My options are:
1. Voda $49/m = SonyEricsson phone (+ buy new iPod)
2. Voda $69/m + $7.92/m = $76.92/m - iPhone
3. Optus $49/m + $13/m = $62/m - iPhone

How much data do you get through? Is 250MB really enough?
If i do get an iPhone, what do you guys think... Voda or Optus? Is Optus getting any better?

The main thing I want to know is what made you choose the iPhone? do those extra features outweigh the loss of "standard" phone features?

thanks for reading... much appreciated.
I'm not sure if the other carriers let you do it, but on Optus you have the option of paying all the phone payments up front. That's the reason I went with Optus, I could join a 12 month contract and pay all the phone repayments upfront to keep my bill down (yeah, I know I'll end up paying the same amount, but I had all the money for phone payments upfront and now I don't have to worry about holding onto enough of it each month).

As for features, I don't really use that many, like deleting individual texts etc. so I just wanted the phone that did the basics very well. Also, I'd been using a touch for about 6 months, so I was used to the iPod features of the touch, and being able to have the actual iPod I'd been using, and not some crappy MP3 player, built into a phone really sold me on it. Then there's the app store, It wasn't a reason I got it, but now I love it, there's some really amazing stuff in there.

My data usage last month was 350mb, mostly web browsing, but I did stream 2 or 3 30MBish audio files. If all you plan on doing is web browsing then 250MB is plenty.

stewy38
30th November 2008, 06:13 PM
Is the IPhone a Data hungry phone as I've had a few people say this to me lately as I am looking at maybe getting one myself

stab
30th November 2008, 06:50 PM
depends on how you use it.

My partner and I share one and in everyday use just use it as a phone and video ipod and games machine. We switch off 3g so that the internet runs super slow and youtube and data hungry stuff are slow (keeps my son off it!).
like this it uses barely 10mb a month!
On holidays we then ramp it up and use it as a regular browser and email portal etc and just up the data pack whilst we're away.

If ur a library member in SA you get free wifi access at any library - we also use the free Telstra hotspots too.

So it all depends how you use it as to how much data you'll use.

entropy
30th November 2008, 07:06 PM
Regarding usage, I am on a 300mb/month package with virgin. Away from my home wifi, I browse for about half an hour into town in the morning, half an hour on the way home, and intermittently through the day. I use about 180 mb a month over three months, but that includes a few youtubes as well. Had to put a stop to that.

As to who to go for, it depends on coverage. For Optus/Virgin south Brisbane users, I get a drop out every morning and afternoon between around Whites Hill to Cooparoo (including phone connection), and again as the busway goes underground at Buranda. 3 and voda don't even work in my house, and optus/virgin has 3G, but weak signal (I am on the bottom of the Bulimba creek valley at Carindale). Telstra basically works everywhere if you an afford it, and don't mind selling your soul to the devil.

shivstar
1st December 2008, 08:50 AM
Thanks all for your feedback, for some reason im more inclined to get the iPhone :D just not sure about the carrier now.


250MB is heaps. I only use ~100mb/month and I'd call myself a fairly heavy user.
Go with Vodafone, their tubes are less clogged than Optus.

I would prefer Voda as a carrier, but doing the sums they are working out $400 more expensivce than optus... and if it is true that Optus are upgrading their network, then I guess Optus is not a bad choice (providing they don't mess up my billing). Anyone know how they are in west Brisbane and CBD? any experience?


I'm not sure if the other carriers let you do it, but on Optus you have the option of paying all the phone payments up front. That's the reason I went with Optus, I could join a 12 month contract and pay all the phone repayments upfront to keep my bill down (yeah, I know I'll end up paying the same amount, but I had all the money for phone payments upfront and now I don't have to worry about holding onto enough of it each month).
Yeh, Voda do the same, which ever i choose I would be doing the same... i just put the /m cost to give an idea of price difference.


As for features, I don't really use that many, like deleting individual texts etc. so I just wanted the phone that did the basics very well. Also, I'd been using a touch for about 6 months, so I was used to the iPod features of the touch, and being able to have the actual iPod I'd been using, and not some crappy MP3 player, built into a phone really sold me on it. Then there's the app store, It wasn't a reason I got it, but now I love it, there's some really amazing stuff in there.

My data usage last month was 350mb, mostly web browsing, but I did stream 2 or 3 30MBish audio files. If all you plan on doing is web browsing then 250MB is plenty.
Thanks :)

g4cube
11th January 2009, 09:30 AM
So mate how did the phone go did you end up getting the iphone and is it on voda? I am thinking of joining them in march but don't know of anyone who has one with them.

shivstar
11th January 2009, 09:14 PM
So mate how did the phone go did you end up getting the iphone and is it on voda? I am thinking of joining them in march but don't know of anyone who has one with them.

Yep, i waited until after Macworld (just in case), and got it a few days ago (Forum Post (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/47/65109-new-iphone-questions.html)). Got it on Voda, and so far has been great... spent about 20 mins in store signing up, with no problems and coverage is really good, get 3G everywhere I go (in Brisbane city and western suburbs).

Note: if you decide to go with Voda, at the moment they have an offer with 3 months free on the $79 cap. So it works out cheaper to be on $79 cap than the $69 cap.

$69 cap x 24 = $1656
$79 cap x (24 - 3) = $1659 (+ 8GB iPhone free)

g4cube
12th January 2009, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the info mate i can't wait to get it.

matthew858
12th January 2009, 05:14 PM
By the end of March, all McDonalds WiFi hotspots that were under Telstra's control previously, will become free for anyone to use.