The cost of owning a new iPhone or any other hot smartphone is easy enough to swallow for one person in the family. But what happens when the rest of the clan starts getting smartphones, too? In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET’s Marguerite Reardon offers some advice.
Adding new smartphones to the family’s wireless plan can be a scary endeavor, especially as most of us have already seen our wireless bills for just one smartphone surge above $100 a month.
Are there any tips for getting hot devices like the iPhone 5 at a discount? Is there a trick to avoiding taking out a second mortgage to pay for an additional smartphone on the family plan? In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer some advice. I also offer my views on whether it’s really worth it to buy the iPhone 4S instead of the iPhone 5.
Apple AAPL -0.80% has said its new iPhone 5 sold faster initially than any other iPhone but sales have fallen short of some analysts’ expectations due in part to supply shortages.
So what’s causing the supply shortage? Here is Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. 2317.TW +0.11%’s take. The company, based in Taiwan with factories across China, uses the trade name Foxconn Technology Group 2354.TW -4.95%, and assembles many Apple products including the new iPhone.
Hold Apple’s latest gadget for just a few minutes and you’ll marvel at the existence of such a remarkable object.
When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 last month, many tech pundits called it “boring.” I was one of them. In fact, I was so bored that I called the iPhone boring way back in July, on the basis of the lackluster new mobile operating system that Apple announced at its developer conference. After I got a few minutes with the iPhone 5 after Apple’s press event, I wrote that it was “a very impressive device.” But those words appeared under the headline, “No, This Is Not the Best iPhone Ever,” a conclusion that was prompted by my annoyance about Apple’s new, proprietary dock connector. The company should have gone with a universal connector, I argued. By making that unfriendly move, the firm had “screwed over” its most loyal customers, and missed a chance to build a truly perfect device.
Now, almost a month later, it’s time for me to get something off my chest: I’ve made a huge mistake. I’ve had the iPhone 5 for about a week and a half, and I’m still annoyed about the dock connector thing. But it’s a small problem, and in retrospect I was wrong to allow myself to become overwhelmed by dock-based frustration.