iPhone 3G Is Still Better Than iPhone 4

I know the iPhone 4 came out but I still think iPhone 3G/3Gs is a lot better than the iPhone 4.

The Upside

Microsoft Exchange can be used with iPhone 3G. I’m not familiar with the software because I never used it but according to Apple it’s basically created for corporate users. Apple wants the next iPhone to be used by both the regular individuals and by enterprise people.

It also has GPS, yes you read it right, it has a built in GPS system on the iPhone 3G. So basically you can go anywhere and track yourself on your phone; it tracks you by getting your exact point from three sources, a near by Wi-Fi signal, near by cell phone towers, or directly from the GPS satellites. I give 5 Stars to Mr. Jobs for adding the GPS feature on the next iPhone.

Not only that, the biggest surprise to iPhone fans and everyone else was the price that Mr. Jobs announced to everyone, an incredible low price for $199 for the 8 GB, and $299 for the 16 GB. Now with the new iPhone 4, the iPhone 3G/3Gs’s prices should hit rock bottom. With our US economy in recession it still wouldn’t stop someone like me to buy one without a second thought. After I saw the price for the 8GB, I was just blown away and I said to myself that I will get one and I’ll find the money some how to get it.

The Downside

This is the part that blows big time. You cannot buy the iPhone 3G online nor can you activate it by yourself. You have to go to an AT&T store and actually sign a 2-year contract with AT&T and pay for the iPhone 3G up front. After I heard that I became hesitant about buying it. I’m currently with T-Mobile and I thought that I would just buy the iPhone 3G at full price, wait for couple of months for some tech guy to develop a software to unlock it and use T-mobile 3G network, unfortunately that plan is in the trash. AT&T has one of the worst plans I have ever seen, their lowest plan is $39.99 for 450 anytime minutes and with 5000 minutes for nights and weekends. Also, for the data plan, AT&T has raised the price from $20/month to $30/month and they are no longer sharing their revenue with Apple, sucks for Steve Jobs. So basically if I leave T-Mobile, since my contract with them ended long time ago, and sign up with AT&T, I would have to pay $36 activation fee, plus pay $40/month for voice calls, plus $30/month for the data plan, and on top of that taxes are added.

It’s Locked People

So, if you were a T-Mobile user and somehow you got your hands on an iPhone 3G, it still would be hard to unlock it because of all the restrictions Apple has placed on it. Steve Jobs emphasized that it would focus more on keeping the phone from being unlocked illegally by hackers, all I can say is good luck. Hackers are everywhere and programming, gadgets, and basically anything else about technology they will spend their time on. In France, by French law, Apple has to sell unlocked iPhones, even with popularity and with money Mr. Jobs can’t sell iPhones the way he wants to the French.

Developer Program

The developer program was release on March 9th of 2008, I believe but correct me if I’m wrong, where Apple will share revenue with all the third-party developers for creating applications for the iPhone 3G. So, if you have a lot of time in your hands you can actually applications for iPhones and if people buy them you get to keep 70% of the revenue. This move by Apple really boosted its popularity.

So let’s look at some of the features for iPhone 3G:

1. Google Maps/GPS
2. iPod (for Music and Videos)
3. iTunes
4. Calculator (regular and scientific)
5. SDK (for developers)
6. Portrait and Landscape formats (when you turn the iPhone horizontally and vertically)
7. Online eBay Shopping
8. Interactive Advanced 3D Games
9. Photo Gallery
10. 2.0 Megapixel Camera
11. Loopt (an incredible social application which tells where your friends are and what they are doing and more)
12. Internet Browser (the best in the mobile market)
13. YouTube Player
14. TypePad Blogging Software( with photo blogging)
15. SMS (text messaging)
16. Visual Voicemail
17. 3G Enabled (for faster video streaming and downloads and faster internet browsing)
18. Associated Press (news directly delivered to your phone)
19. Multiple Languages

I basically want the phone because it’s an mp3 player plus it has a GPS system because it’ll save me money from buying a Microsoft Zune and buying a GPS navigation system for my car. I would save up more and get the iPhone 4 but that phone has way too many problems, especially with the signal.

It also has a special application created by Dr. S. Mark Williams for medical students to study the human body, which favors my path. Also MIMvista created an incredible application for doctors to keep up with their patients’ health status. As I’m typing this sentence more and more medical applications are being created by medical personnel.

* Microsoft Zune and Microsoft Exchange is copyrighted of Microsoft Corporation

* Apple iPhone is copyrighted of Apple Inc.

* AT&T is copyrighted of AT&T Inc.

* T-Mobile USA Inc.

Quick Fix for an iPhone Brick

An unresponsive iPhone, that is, won’t turn on or off, has a black screen, can’t be used to make calls nor recognized in iTunes, becomes an iPhone brick. A bricked iPhone is thus referred due to being unusable, hence making it as good as paperweight. This case usually happens by accident, interfered or failed software update, or by jailbreaking or attempting to unlock carrier. Users opt to unlock iPhone in order to shift from current carrier to another without spending a substantial amount, or to be able to install third party programs and enhance the device. However beneficial this may seem, doing this will make the device vulnerable to bricking when connected to iTunes for updates.

A bricked iPhone may be distressing, but a trip to an authorized Apple repair shop can be put on hold until after certain steps are followed and the problem remains unresolved. The foremost step is to take deep breaths to calm the senses. After this, it won’t hurt to try some basic steps like restarting or resetting the bricked device.

Restart iPhone.
1. Press and hold the sleep/wake button (power button) on the top right part of the device until it shows the red slider
2. Slide the red slider to turn the device off.
3. Once the device is off, next is to press and hold the sleep/wake button again until Apple logo appears.

If device remains unresponsive, a reset can be done next.

Reset iPhone.
1. Press and hold the sleep/wake button and home button (located at the center below the device screen) at the same time for around 10 seconds until Apple logo appears.

For assurance, device can be restored to default factory settings wirelessly or through iTunes.

If the above steps don’t do the trick, restoring through recovery or DFU mode can be done. These steps may seem risky, but successful execution would get the device out of iPhone brick state in no time. Recovery mode is characterized by an iPhone showing a “connect to iTunes” screen. If iPhone is already in recovery mode or stuck in this display, it can be restored by clicking “OK” to the iTunes prompt message stating that device must be restored in order to use it on iTunes. The device can also be set to recovery mode.

Set iPhone to Recovery mode.
1. Turn device completely off and disconnect from cable
2. Hold the home button down and then connect the device back to the cable while still holding the home button.
3. Release the home button only after “connect to iTunes” screen on device shows up. After this, iPhone can be restored in iTunes.

Set iPhone into DFU mode
1. Connect device to computer and then turn it completely off.
2. Press and hold both sleep/wake and home buttons together
3. Release the sleep/wake button after exactly 10 seconds but continue to hold home button until iTunes prompts to restore.

While recovery mode displays the “connect to iTunes” screen, DFU mode shows an all-black screen identical to a completely turned off device. With this, it is best to have a clock to make sure exact time is consumed.

In certain cases, bricked device cannot restore using iTunes. In such scenario, other measures can be taken.

• Make sure that iTunes is up to date, if not, it should be updated.
• Make sure that computer operating system is up to date.
• Update and properly configure security software, firewall, and network router settings, in order to allow iTunes to download firmware updates for iPhone.
• Disconnect other USB devices like printer, camera, and others, except the keyboard and mouse.
• Restart computer and carry out all the steps previously provided.

If device is still unresponsive after restarting and doing the steps again, another way is to create a different user account or using another computer to do the recovery in iTunes. iPhone users who have met the same situation have been able to revive their bricked devices after going through the steps over and over again, others have been luckier to get results only after the first or second attempts. In any case, it is important to embrace the fact that these technological advances, however good their performance may be, are still a little behind perfection. By luck or personal fault, a beloved iPhone may break and the only way to face the situation is through patience and, well, perseverance.

Factory Unlocked iPhone Questions

We receive many questions about the Factory Unlocked iPhone like; What is it? What is the different between an iPhone and a Factory Unlocked iPhone? Which one is better? Can I still jailbreak it? If i update my firmware version do i lose my unlock feature on it? If I jailbreak it will I lose anything? How much does it cost? Where can I buy it? Will Apple do international shipping on it? What are the countries that have it?

In some countries there are certain laws and restrictions that does not allow Apple to sell iPhones that are locked to local cell phone service providers. These laws made Apple come out with an iPhone that known in the market as Factory or Officially Unlocked iPhone, which is not 100% true, because this phone is never been locked, it was manufactured by Apple without any SIM card restrictions so you can use it with any GSM SIM card worldwide.

One of the great things about this phone is that it does not matter how many times you update, upgrade or downgrade your firmware, it will still work with any SIM card worldwide, also you can still jailbreak this iPhone and you don’t have to worry about effecting the unlocking status of your factory unlocked iPhone. But besides the fact that this iPhone is NOT locked to any specific service provider, and you can use it worldwide without having to unlock it, it is exactly like the locked iPhone.

Factory Unlocked iPhone is better than a locked iPhone because of two reasons, one its already unlocked so you don’t have to worry about unlocking it, and two you can upgrade your firmware version every time apple have a new version and your iphone will stay unlocked.

Below is a list of countries that sells Factory Unlocked iPhones:

* Belgium
* Brazil
* Canada
* China
* Czech Republic
* Ecuador
* Germany
* Greece
* Hong Kong
* Italy
* Luxembourg
* Macau
* Malaysia
* New Zealand
* Qatar
* Russia
* Saudi Arabia
* Singapore
* Slovakia
* Taiwan
* Thailand
* Turkey
* United Arab Emirates
* United Kingdom
* Vietnam

If you go to the Apple store in these countries they will tell you how much you can buy the Factory Unlocked iPhone for, but there is couple of things that you need to know, Apple store will not ship international so if you really want to get a factory unlocked iphone you might need to find someone you know that lives in one of these countries to ship it to and then they can ship it to you, another thing that you need to know about the Apple Store is that they will limit you to 2 iPhones per customer, so you can’t make a business out of it. Soon we will be listing the links for all the apple stores for the above countries that sells Factory Unlocked iPhone.

How To Unlock iPhone – Safest iPhone Software Unlock Review

Figuring out How to unlock iPhone can be a difficult task for average people like you and me, but it doesn’t have to be. With iPhone Software Unlock you can have your iPhone unlocked within minutes and be doing all the fun things that Apple normally restricts.

Unlocking your iPhone will be the best thing you do to it, but it can also be the worst if you’re not careful. When attempting to unlock it you have to be careful of what product you’re using as well as who supplied you with the product. There are some people out there who take pride in ‘bricking’ people’s iPhones. If you purchase cheap or bad software, your $400 iPhone can suffer irreparable damage and be no more useful than a paperweight. The iPhone Software Unlock helps you achieve unlocking your iPhone safely, and without a chance of ‘bricking’ it.

The software is proven and has worked for thousands. Giving you access to loads of movies, music, software, games, ebooks and anything else you can squeeze onto the device. The iPhone software unlock allows you to unlock up to 5 iPhones so the whole family can have their phone unlocked.

With the iPhone Software Unlock you will learn how to get your iPhone unlocked in minutes and have access to tons of content, games, and software for your phone. You will be able to bypass AT&T’s and Apple’s security on the phone, to use it on any GSM cellphone network in the world. This is just some of the power you will obtain if you learn how to unlock iPhone.

Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 – A Guide For World Travelers and Users Outside The US

People want a factory unlocked iPhone 4 for various reasons. A large proportion of interested parties live in countries where the iPhone 4 is not yet available. Another large group consists of those who travel abroad extensively, and want to be able to switch to carriers based within the countries they visit. This article will help prospective users to choose a phone correctly configured for their needs and inform them how to get the phone activated.

Why The Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 uses GSM

The two main cellphone network technologies globally are CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication).These technologies are not compatible. This means a GSM configured phone cannot work with a carrier using CDMA, and vice versa.

GSM is the predominant technology globally, available in over 200 countries and territories, providing service to more than 3 billion people and supplying travelers with mobile access almost wherever they go. It’s used in Europe (where it’s the standard), Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and much of Asia and the Middle East. AT&T and T-Mobile operate GSM networks in the United States.

CDMA, although big in the States, provides smaller worldwide coverage than GSM.

Another plus for GSM phones is that they use the convenient SIM cards, which CDMA does not. This allows you to, among other things, switch phones and SIM-based carriers more easily.

GSM configuration is therefore the best choice for a true “world” phone.

Which Band? Be Sure With a Quadband World GSM iPhone 4

Not just any GSM phone will do the trick. There are four GSM bands used around the world: 850, 900, 1,800, and 1,900MHz.

North America uses the 850MHz and 1,900MHz bands. In contrast, Europe, uses the 900MHz and 1,800MHz bands.

In order to have a phone that will work in the most countries possible, you must ensure that your handset is Quadband (GSM 850/900/ 1,800/1,900MHz).

Cutting Things Down to Size – SIM to MicroSIM

The iPhone 4 uses a MicroSIM, and a normal SIM card won’t fit into the phone’s SIM slot. You will have to cut your SIM card down to MicroSIM size. This is quite easily done, using a SIM cutter, which is inexpensive and available through online stores. Do not use scissors!

Micro SIM Adapters allow a MicroSIM card to be used in handsets that use a full size SIM, so you don’t need to own two SIMs.

Activating Your iPhone 4

Factory unlocked iPhones are very cool. They will activate with ANY SIM from ANY carrier of ANY country. In technical terms, You can use this device with a SIM card from any 2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and / OR 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 network worldwide.

To activate the phone: Download the latest version of iTunes (set up a iTunes store account if you don’t have one); connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac’s USB port, using the dock-connecter-to-USB cable supplied. Open iTunes, and your factory unlocked iPhone 4 should simply pause and iTunes will say “Your phone has been unlocked”. And away you go. Voila.

The Ways to Backup iPhone to Computer

It is now more than five years since the iPhone revolutionized the mobile phone and the way in which we communicate. A lot has changed since then; however, the fundamental limitations imposed by Apple against transfer of iPhone data to computer remain. This article examines ways to backup iPhone to computer which circumvent Apple’s restrictions.

Backup iPhone contacts to PC:

With the arrival of the iCloud, it is easier than ever to transfer one’s iPhone contacts between multiple devices in storing iPhone contacts on Apple’s servers. But what if you are looking to create a safe offline backup of your contact list stored away from third-party company servers? How to backup iPhone contacts directly to your PC?

Well, the answer is not that simple at first since there are dozens, if not hundreds, of apps which promise to do some sort of iPhone contact import, export, transfer, or backup. You can use iTunes and sync iPhone contacts to your Windows Contacts. This, however, requires syncing your iPhone with iTunes. If your iTunes library was not previously synced with your iPhone, you run the risk of your iPhone music being wiped away by iTunes.

Very recently, I found several 3rd party programs which offer to manage your iPhone contacts and, among other features, can help you transfer and backup iPhone contacts to another location such as a new iPhone or directly to a folder on your PC.

Here is a quick overview of the first program in action called CopyTrans Contacts.

This program requires you to have a Windows PC, if you are using a Mac or do not wish to use a computer as an intermediary to backup your iPhone data, scroll further below. Connect your iPhone to your PC after which your contacts will show up.

You only need to select your iPhone contacts from the program window and drag/drop them to a folder on your computer. Your iPhone contacts will transfer in the form of a *.vcf files within that folder. You can later use these files and restore them to your iPhone, should you need to or even to another iPhone.

There are a number of alternative ways of transferring iPhone contacts featuring both your computer as an intermediary, or directly through your iPhone device. For instance, My Contacts Backup would send your old iPhone contacts to your email account from where you can recuperate them on your new iPhone.

If you are looking to bringing all your contacts from various online accounts such as your Facebook, LInkedIn, Email, etc, to your iPhone you can use Smartr Contacts.

Smartr contacts will upload your contact data from your various social and online accounts to their servers and display all data combined within their app designed to run on your iPhone.

Syncing contacts and other iPhone data to your Google account via Google Sync

A popular way to backup your online data, at least for those who have a Google account is via Google Sync. If you don’t have a Google account, you can easily open one. Google sync is easy to set up on your iPhone and will sync your Contacts, Email, and Calendars to your Google account.

You can sync your iPhone contacts via iTunes sync by selecting the “Google Contacts” option in “Sync Contacts with” under the “Info” tab.

For those who would like to avoid iTunes sync, the easiest way is to use Google Sync directly on their iPhone. To do so, simply set up an Exchange account by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Microsoft Exchange.

Just follow through the set-up wizard where you would have to enter your Google user name and password in addition to Google’s mobile server (m.google.com).

Syncing iPhone contacts across multiple devices using the iCloud

For those who wouldn’t mind uploading their contact info on Apple’s servers; mind you if you are a privacy freak who keeps their data strictly offline, you might not enjoy this, Apple has developed a rather handy Cloud-based platform for sharing your iPhone contacts, calendars, photos and even music across all of your iOS devices called simply the iCloud.

All iOS devices such as the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad running on iOS 5 + are automatically compatible with the iCloud. In order to enable the iCloud on your iPhone, you would first need to set up an Apple ID. An Apple ID usually requires that you provide your credit card information.

Next, enable the iCloud on your iPhone by navigating to Settings > iCloud and entering your Apple ID and password.

Finally, choose what data you would like to sync between your iPhone and your iCloud account.

These are several easy ways to backup iPhone to computer circumventing iTunes and Apple limitations, depending on whether you want to backup iPhone contacts or transfer iPhone music and aps.

Contract Vs Non-Contract Cell Phone Plans – Captivating Pros And Nasty Cons

There has been a huge debate over which type of cell phone plan is better, contract plans or non-contract plans. I will not share my opinion on which one I think is better. Today I will share with you some pros and some cons to help you make a decision on which one is better.

Contract Plans:

I used to have a contract phone when I was in high school. My mom got it for me because she wanted to keep in contact with me in case an emergency happened while I was in school.

Here are 2 Pros:

1. In my opinion, I believe that you will have better customer service. Although this is not true for every single carrier, in a lot of cases, the customer service agencies are normally nicer and more helpful. After all, you have agreed to a two year deal so it is only natural to keep you happy as a customer. They want to keep you happy so you can renew your contract with them again when it is over.

2. In addition, you also pay less for your phones. Instead of paying 500 dollars or more on a cell phone, you get to pay it at a smaller capacity every month. Not many of us have enough money to just buy a cell phone in cash and walk out, so this is a good option in my opinion.

2 Cons:

1. You are committed, on average, for two years and you will have to pay a huge price in order to leave, if you do not want to stay anymore.

2. Fees: Contract Phones are normally riddles with many fees. People who have prepaid or non-contract plans usually have fewer fees.

Non-Contract Plans

When I was in college, I wanted to have a better phone so I got a contract phone. Its abilities were amazing, and I could do virtually anything on that phone.

Here are 2 pros:

1. The savings are usually bigger. Since you are not obligated to any contracts, you have more power to pay for the things you want to pay for.

2. Flexibility:

If you need to take a break from your carrier, then you can do so easily. Unlike contract plans, you will not have to pay for any termination fees.

Here are 2 cons:

1. You are not the top priority to your carrier. While this is not true for all carriers, some carriers believe that they should put more energy towards the people committed to them. They use less energy towards the consumers that can leave them at any time.

2. In addition, the customer service tends to be a little poorer than the people who are under contract. The reason for this is because of loyalty. Businesses tend to favor consumers who want to be with them for a long period of time.

How To Reduce Your Mobile Phone Bill

Studies show that most people spend more money on their phones than they spend on food. While communication is important, there is no reason you should spend so much to the extent that you have to strain your pocket. The cool thing is that there are tricks you can use to lower the amount you spend on your phone bill:

Ways of lowering your mobile phone bill

Research: Regardless of where you are, you have different mobile phone operators. No two companies are the same. If you have just bought your phone, do your research and find a company that allows you to call across networks at a lower rate. It’s often said that you get what you pay for; therefore, be cautious that you don’t work with a company with poor service.

Use the same plan as friends and family: Most of the companies charge a lower rate for calls across the same network. Also, most companies offer discounts and free calls for calls on the same network. To save money, use the same plan like the one utilized by the people that you call regularly.

Be on the lookout for offers: Now and then a company launches offers to woo more people to the network. Even if you aren’t using the system with an offer, it’s wise that you take a look at it and find ways in which it can be of benefit to you. In most cases, the network will allow free calls or cheaper calls across networks that can see you saving a lot.

Make use of bundles: Bundles are very popular nowadays. The bundles will provide you with internet, calls, and messages at a minimal fee. Since you will be using all the services from one provider, you will end up saving a lot.

Track your calls: Most people complain that the reason they spend a lot of money on their mobile phones is that they don’t realize the amount of time they have been on the phone. To keep your call cost low, track your talk time. The cool thing is that some phones come with a feature that lets you set the maximum time you want to be on a call. If your phone doesn’t have the feature, you can always download an app to make it possible.

Watch out for toll-free calls: Did you know that toll-free calls aren’t free when you make them on a mobile phone? Since most people don’t know this, they spend a lot of time on the call which sees them spending a lot of money. To avoid this, you need to avoid making calls on a mobile phone. If you need to make the call, jot the number down and call from a landline.

Go prepaid: If you aren’t a heavy caller, go with the prepaid option. Shop around for a good plan, and you will spend very little.


These are some of the tricks you can use to lower the amount of money you spend on your mobile phone. Pick the best method and run with it.

Cell Phone – 6 Safety Tips Your Kids Need To Know

As of 2017, kids all over the world have cell phones. While having a cell phone is great, kids need to understand the responsibility they have in order to enjoy all the benefits that cell phones have to offer. Today I will share with you 6 tips that I believe every child with a phone should follow in order to enjoy the benefits of their phones to the fullest.

Do not talk to strangers

When you have a cell phone, in most cases, random people call you. You will have to sit down with your kids and tell them not to talk to strangers. Make your kids aware that annoying marketers may call them and try to get them to buy things that they might not need.

Talk to your kids about cyber-bullying

When kids have cell phones, they are likely to come across cyber bullying. As a parent, I believe that you should have a conversation with your kids and let them know how much you love them and how much they are appreciated, so they will not be hurt if someone attacks them by way of text messages or internet surfing.

Set boundaries

I believe that you should talk to your child and let them know that they can not research or partake in any type of activity once they get a phone. Kids are more advanced than adults when it comes to technology, in my opinion, so make sure to inform your kids on what to research and what not to research on the internet. In addition, make sure you know every single contact your child has, on his or her phone, on a weekly basis.

Knowing who your child is having conversations with on their cell phones can be the difference on whether or not your child goes down the right or wrong path in life.

In addition, some social media sites like for users to “check in” and display their locations. Inform your child to not check in and keep their locations private.

See it as an opportunity to establish some responsibility

Your child may not be of age to work but you can still make them pay for their cell phone bills. The payment can be in the form of good grades or cleaning their rooms and doing chores around the house. This can establish some character and some discipline in your child.

Understand how to use 911

Your child must know how to reach for help in the event they are not able to reach you. They must understand how the authorities work and how to call them on speed-dial.

Understand how radiation works

You must talk to your child about radiation and the harmful effects it can have. Tell them to limit the lengths of conversations they have their phones in order to keep them safe.

Before you use these tips, do some research

Lastly, I believe that you should do some research to find the best plans for your child. Luckily for you, there are experts who offer free information in the form of free reports to help those who are looking for the best deals.

Would You Spend $1,000 on a Smartphone?

Apple is ready to launch its highly anticipated iPhone 8.

The phone reportedly will have all types of new features and a new design. It will take the device to a new level in look and performance.

The price could also take an iPhone user to a new level. Apple’s 10th anniversary phone could cost you a grand or more.

Some reports indicate the phone will cost $999 with 64GB rising to $1,099 with 256 GB and topping out at $1,199 for a high powered 512 GB device.

Even at its lowest level the phone represents a whopping 40% to 50% increase over the $649 for a base model iPhone 7.

Paying a premium though for an iPhone is not new for many Apple fans. For example, those who purchased an iPhone 7 plus with all the bells and whistles may have already crossed the four figure threshold.

Apple is not alone in the new pricing stratosphere. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is also scheduled for release in the next few weeks. Online chatter hints the Note 8 will also approach or exceed four figures.

Why the higher prices? Competition among the major cell phone players is heating up.

Consumers are demanding more features and the manufacturers are willing to oblige them, all at a price.

Such innovations as an edge-to-edge OLED display, water resistance, iris scanning and dual cameras are becoming commonplace. While adding to the enjoyment and performance of the phone, they are also more costly to build.

While the hype for the new phones is creating a huge amount of interest, a recent article in USA Today indicates the price for a premium cell phone has actually remained flat or gone down, not up.

The newspaper quotes a report from researcher Gartner. It reports in the first quarter of 2017, average prices in the premium segment (the highest-end smartphones) were $460, compared to $482 during the same period a year earlier.

The findings in that report are perhaps hidden by how companies now charge for phones, thus now creating a little sticker shock. In the past, wireless carriers would let you pay up front for a phone that was subsidized at a somewhat reduced price. The price was typically tied to a two-year contractual obligation. Some items would have $649 retail price but be listed for $199.

Monthly installment programs also help defer the price of a new high-end device. Some will offer discounts if you trade-in a recent model.

Cell phone companies want to get the phone in your hands realizing you will need to rely on them for cellular service.

Even at higher prices, many analysts expect the iPhone 8 to be in hot demand. Such likely additions as facial unlocking and wireless charging will be welcome by Apple users.

The phone will also run iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, and will emphasize augmented reality.

At the same conference Apple is expected to introduce a new 7s and 7s Plus. These phones may lack all the options of the “8” but will surely be priced less than the 10th anniversary model.

Those who want a new phone but can live without the features of the iPhone 8 should have a cheaper alternative with the 7s line.