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NObodE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 28, 2012 10:15 PM


I have 2 contracts with Verizon from an old cell phone and a mobile hotspot device which are now a year exoired.  I want an iPhone 4S.  I also liked the Mobile HotSpot 3G which does not work well now that the carrier has put their efforts in to 4G.  Does the iPhone 4S have the ability to work as a mobile hotspot with my MacBook Pro?  Also, I have a friend who got a free iPhone4S at BestBuy last weekend and their rates were so much bettter than Verizon.  Apparantly that deal "get one free" was for one day and is now" buy a iPhone 4S and get one free".. Anybody know a decent carrier and the best place to get the iPhone4S.  I have a $50 New Every Two from Verizon, but the prices for the data services are out rageous.  Plus I would like to learn how to use the iPhone4S at some classes.


Any recommendations on where to get the iPhone 4S, the best carrrier (Sprint's prices were much better than Verizon, but I heard Verizon has the better network), and the Mobile Hotspot 3G I had was an awesome device (when it worked).  If I can use the IPhone 4S as a mobile hot spot I would leave verizon, if not, I am interested to hear what the experts say.


BTW, I have never used a smartphone, so this is a NEW expereince for me.

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,840 points)
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    Jan 28, 2012 10:23 PM (in response to NObodE)

    Yes, you can use an iPhone 4s as a hotspot if you set up the proper data plan to do so.


    You only have Verizon, Sprint or AT&T to choose from, pretty simple to compare their rates or do a Google search for a rate comparison.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,440 points)
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    Jan 28, 2012 11:20 PM (in response to NObodE)

    iPhone's do not have 4g.

    They use 3G networks-both verizon and sprints 3G networks are equal and slower thn ATT's.

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Jan 28, 2012 11:25 PM (in response to NObodE)

    I have never read about a buy one, get one free deal with an iPhone or completely free. Maybe for an iPhone 3GS which is two models ago, but not for an iPhone 4S.


    The iPhone 4S is not an LTE (4G) network compatible phone. Not compatible with Verizon's LTE network or with ATT's LTE network. Between the 3 networks - ATT, Verizon, and Sprint, the iPhone 4S is faster with ATT's 3G network by far.


    Not sure why Verizon's 3G network via their mobile hotspot device would no longer work well - whatever that means due to Verizon's LTE network being available since Verizon's CDMA 3G network isn't going away anytime soon.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,460 points)
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    Jan 29, 2012 6:03 AM (in response to Allan Sampson)

    The standalone mobile hotspot devices that Verizon sells are now all 4G.  However, that has no effect on how well the personal hotspot feature works on the iPhone. It's a nice option if you don't want an additional contract and works just fine.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,955 points)
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    Jan 29, 2012 6:13 AM (in response to NObodE)

    Depending on where you're located, you'll find that data performance on the 4S is substantially better on AT&T thanks to the 4S's support for HSPA+. It's not 4G, but then again, neither is what Verizon or Sprint call 4G.



  • xtremecarbon Level 4 Level 4 (2,235 points)
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    Jan 29, 2012 8:42 AM (in response to NObodE)

    I would talk around and see what your friends have to say about their respective networks.


    AT&T has the "fastest" iPhone since it has HSPA+

    Sprint is the only carrier to offer unlimited data for the iPhone

    Verizon most likely has the best coverage around


    I have a Verizon iPhone 4 and love it (especially with my unlimited data) but if I had to drop them for any reason, I would most likely go to AT&T and get the 3GB of data. I live in a large city though, so that's something to consider.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,490 points)
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    Feb 4, 2012 6:20 PM (in response to NObodE)

    I would recommend AT&T for you. They have the fastest network. If I may add my Verizon experience, they do not seem to like the iPhone very much. They try to dissuade you from getting one, and then if you do get one, if you have any question relating to service, data, text messaging, phone, etc. they will simply say "that's Apple's problem" and dismiss you. This could just be my local Verizon but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I just think that AT&T is much more willing to help you.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,490 points)
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    Feb 4, 2012 7:07 PM (in response to NObodE)

    Verizon sells AppleCare.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,490 points)
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    Feb 4, 2012 7:13 PM (in response to NObodE)

    If you have a $50 rebate, Verizon is your best option. AT&T is the best carrier, but go with Verizon so you don't lose your $50.

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