Iphone 4/4S antena issues?

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I was thinking be buying an Iphone 4/4s and i was wondering about the reception issues some people had with it wile holding the phone a certain way. Has this been fixed or could this be an serious enough for me to look into another type of phone?
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The 4 was notorious for this when it was first released but newer models of the phone moved it somewhere else.

Also, if you look very closely, the 4S is physically identical to the 4 except for the line on the upper section of the bezel, near the mute switch, on both sides. Apparently that is a break in the antenna to alleviate that holding issue.

Anyway, the 4S is no longer available from Koodo, so your options are the 4 8GB and the iPhone 5 16GB.

Few questions for you:

1. Do you have other Apple products at home and use them constantly?

2. What are you looking to do with your device? Music, emails, social media, etc.

3. What kind of service plan do you need? How many minutes, and how much data (texting is unlimited and CD/VM is included in all plans)? I want to properly qualify you so I can see if the iPhones are your best fit.
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I currently have an iPod and I carry it around a lot for music and some useful apps.(I have had it for over 2 years now)

I am getting an iPhone mostly to be able to text with my friends and family as well as listen to music on the go.

I was only thinking of getting a basic text and talk plan because every one around me has about the same thing and I don't need to make long calls. I am not in a position where a can pay a lot per month either( I am 16 starting my first jobs). I do use my current device for e-mail, Facebook and YouTube a lot but I don't really need data since I have WiFi at home and most places I go as well and again I don't want to have to pay extra.

One of the main reasons I was looking at the iPhone was because we mostly have apple devices at home and I am familiar with them and have been using one for a long time.
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And by 'newer models' of the phone do you mean the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 or the current iPhone 4 in stores as opposed to when they came out?
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By "newer" I mean newer from manufacturing date, not the models, but again the 4S/5 fixed the antenna thing.

The 2 issues you'll have here is there's a massive price difference between the iPhone 4 8GB ($300) and the iPhone 5 16GB ($700).

The storage space is a concern for me and should be for you, because you're already limiting yourself by taking the iPhone 4 as it's 3 years into its life cycle AND it's only 8GB with no chance of expansion so you may run out of room fast.

The iPhone 5 is newer, faster, bigger screen, etc. and has double the storage space but it's quite honestly overpriced. You're going to have to save up and take it on a Small/Medium Tab.

If it's your first job, saving up and spending more upfront is your best option, either a Small ($550 in store) or Medium Tab ($400 in store). Your tab will be reduced by 15% of your bill on Small Tab, and 15% +$5 for the Tab charge that's added onto your bill for the Medium. After 24 months it's cleared.

I'm not bothering with Large Tab, and here's why:

1. You have said that your needs are just texting friends and family and data isn't a concern for you, since you can't afford a lot of money per month. Large Tab plans start at $65 + $10 for your tab charge.

By saving up and spending it now, your plan is only a minimum of $30 for Talk + Text, but if you want to play around with data, the $39 is fantastic value.

2. If in the unfortunate event that you lose your job, have to quit because of school, etc. then trust me, you wouldn't be able to keep up with monthly payments of $75+ AND you would then have to pay out your Tab balance, which starts at $500. It's a bigger liability.

If your basic needs are text, no data, and some music, I think the Nexus 4 is a much, much better phone for the same price as the iPhone 4 8GB... it's a quad-core Android 4.3 phone with 2GB of RAM, a bright HD display, and more powerful software + 16GB of storage. At the ripe price of $300, it would be free on a Medium Tab AND on the $30 Talk + Text plan with a $5 Tab charge, you save $30 over 24 months versus the small Tab.

There would be a bit of a learning curve but if you can be a bit open-minded with learning Android, I think you'll thoroughly enjoy it.
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thank you very much and I will take a look at the nexus.

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