I got hold of the iPhone 4 today. I checked the O2 website for stock and saw three phones listed in Western Favell in Northamptonshire. By the time I got there there was one left.I really did not fancy renewing my O2 contract as I get through way more than the limited 500mb monthly data allowance and already have a really good contract with Vodafone. Still, i figured as this was the last phone in Northamptonshire and I have 7 days to in which I can take this back I would bite the bullet and fork out the £300 cash and renew an 18 month contract. The more I think about it the more I feel queasy. 18 months at £30/month is a bloody rip off considering the £19 unlimited data contract I have with Vodafone. Still, I have it now and although this feels like a painfully expensive handful of tech, it’s fully loaded & ready to go. So far I have only had a chance to use FaceTime with @BennyCrime and it does feel more than just Skype video. Some folk have been video calling for ages and will wonder what all the fuss is about, especially original subscribers to 3 Mobile. I could never afford the data. Tomorrow I will have a play with the camera and see if all the hype is deserved. So far, i think it certainly has a great screen resolution and FaceTime could be really handy. It could also be the beginning of the end for the humble phone call. Imagine every call you got was a video call. Nightmare. Anyway I’m sat outside watching the sun go down and have a beer to finish. More on the iPhone 4 later no doubt. I’m @Documentally on Twitter and a little skinter than I was this morning. Sent from my iPhone4 (but you already know that) [I must remember to delete that stealth ad.]
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Daniel Bentley says
I don’t think you’d want every call a video call, I’d find that terribly annoying. It really only works for the purposes in the advertisements in which you FaceTime with your toddler while you’re away on a business trip (?). The fact it’s WiFi only means it doesn’t really supersede Skype.
Hi, @djbentley. I certainly would not want every call to be a facetime call.. That’s exactly my point.
Daniel Bentley says
🙂 I think the real usefulness of that front-facing camera comes if Apple open up its APIs to third parties like Skype. A mobile Skype unit would be a godsend for me. But in its current form when I can only video call with other iPhones then it’s a novelty.