If you need a new iPhone, there is nothing wrong with the new iPhone 7/7s, short of losing the headphone jack. If you haven't been using any 3.5mm headset devices, don't worry. If you have been, Apple is packaging an 3.5mm to lightning connector and a set of earbuds that support the lightning connector with the new 7 series. The problem will be for folks who want to use their earbuds while charging their device. The iPhone 3, 4, 5 and 6 series would all do this, but not the iPhone 7 series. While the cameras are slightly better, none of the reviews I've seen merit the hype Apple gave these cameras at their launch. The one great thing Apple did on these devices however is water proofing and dust proofing them.
That being said, it's the iPhone 8 which will debut exactly a year from now that will be the game changer. I've already seen leaks that confirm that Apple is finally going to finally dump their lame space-taking outdated bezel design. Anyone who has ever held a Samsung S7, S7 EDGE or Note model knows that Samsung's devices are much smaller without sacrificing screen size because they have done away with all of the wasted bezel space. That means the iPhone 8 will be smaller in size with the same screen sizes.
What does all of this mean? Simple! It's all about the iOS 10, not the new devices. Now that the bugs have been worked out of it, many folks have figured out that the smartest move is to supercharge their current models by downloading iOS 10, or buying one of the current 6 or 6s models at a giant discount and using it for a year until the huge changes are made on the iPhone 8 which is inevitable. All of the carriers we represent currently have remarkable deals on all models, including the new ones.
As far as plans go, all of the carriers have introduced amazing new deals. My two favorites are Verizon's new 12GB deal (20GB with 4 lines). http://www.drwireless.com/verizon-deals.html, and the new Unlimited T-Mobile One plans, http://www.drwireless.com/t-mobile-deals.html.
Sprint has also recently improved their 4G LTE network and is going after AT&T, T-Mobile and most importantly Verizon with the following new plans... http://www.drwireless.com/sprint-deals.html
Anybody looking to get a new device or seamlessly move their service to another carrier should contact me.
iMessage vs SMS/MMS
Have you ever noticed some of your message bubbles are blue and some are green?
Set up or remove a phone numberUse these steps to set up or remove the number for your iPhone for Messages and FaceTime on other devices. If you use this feature and share your Apple ID with someone, you can't prevent them from seeing your conversations (Instead of using the same Apple ID as someone else, set up Family Sharing).
Set upYou can set up only the phone number that belongs to your iPhone:
Want a FREE iPhone 7/32GB?
Unbelievably, anyone with an iPhone 6 or 6s can get a $650 Trade-in allowance, providing they sign up on the zero interest equipment finance deal. T-Mobile first broke this deal. Sprint and Verizon are now offering the same deal too. What this means is by simply trading in your device and staying with the carrier for 24 months, you get the new device for FREE. If you want the iPhone 7+/32GB, add $120. If you quit early, you'll need to pay the remaining device costs off.
There is also a trade-in program for the iPhone 5 series and Androids, but not quite as generous. With Sprint and Verizon, there are still contract options offering an immediate $450 credit with new service or upgrades in many cases. For existing iPhone 5 and newer model users, I highly recommend upgrading to the new iOS10 which came out yesterday. Do an iTunes backup first to play it safe.
Dr Wireless now offers SmartPhone tutorials. Give me an hour and I'll make you comfortable with your device. Give me 2 hours and I will make you an expert. We even developed a special tutorial program tailored for senior citizens. It's essentially the same as our business tutorial except instead of downloading our recommended business applications, we download our "Senior" Applications.
Dueling 4 Line/$160 Family Plans
Last week, Sprint and T-Mobile had the best 4 line Family plan deals. Both offer Unlimited Voice, Text, and 4G SD LTE Data for $160. This week, Verizon joined the party. While Verizon still refuses to offer Unlimited 4G, their new offer may even be better than T-Mobile and Sprint's in several ways. T-Mobile dumped started all of these changes by dumping their tiered data plans in favor of one Unlimited VOice, Text and 4G LTE Standard definition 480p plan. If you wish to upgrade to their High Definition (1080p) 4G LTE, it is an extra $25 per line. Sprint did the same thing. The only difference is they charge $20 to upgrade to 1080p HD. For most people, 480p standard definition 4G is fine. After all it offers DVD-like picture quality and there will never be that annoying 2/3G buffering.,
While Verizon's $160 does not offer unlimited data, it does offer 20GB with "Save-Mode" (throttling) and carry over. That means for the first time, there will no longer be the potential for any end of month billing surprises. What makes Verizon's plans even more attractive are the fact that they include 1080p HD video, 4G LTE Hotspot at no extra charge, and no $5 per line extra payment charges.
Combine that with Verizon's superior nationwide footprint and reliability. Unfortunately, this deal is a limited time offering but if you get it, you can keep it for life.
Anybody want a new iPhone 7 for FREE, or an iPhone 7+ for $120? Like usual, T-Mobile started this and Sprint and Verizon hopped on. Anyone trading in an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+ can get the above offers. It requires a 2 year commitment but who isn't used to staying with their carrier for two years. Ask me for details.
Shipping September 16th...
The iPhone 7 and 7+ are the most advanced iPhones ever. For the first time, these devices are also water and dust resistant, meeting the IP67 protection standard. No OtterBox required! There has been a major camera upgrade on these devices, especially the 7+. Both models now feature optical image stabilization. There is a new wider 1.8" aperture lens with 6 elements that is 60% faster than the previous camera on the 6s. The iPhone 7+ is similar to the regular 7 except it adds a 2nd 12mp camera capable of both wide angle and 56mm telephoto shots. Nothing can compare to optical zooming with built-in image stabilization. Anyone who has ever used the grainy digital zoom on other iPhones is going to be blown away by the sharpness when zooming in. This device is now also capable of shooting shallow depth of field "Portrait" style shots that are super sharp with a blurred background, professional style. Even the front "selfie" camera has been improved. It's now 7mp HD (up from 5mp) with wide imaging and auto image stabilizer.
The Retina HD display has been improved. It's 25% brighter and has a new Cinema standard with color management and 3D touch. There's also been a special integration with Instagram. Audio is now in stereo with two speakers, one on each end of the device in landscape mode. This produces twice the volume of the 6 and 6s models.
Apple debuts their new W1 wireless chip. This new wireless technology is far easier to set up than old-school BlueTooth. These earpods actually detect and enable when they are in your ears. They offer about 5 hours between charges. Users can use the iCloud to set up across all devices. Gone is the 3.5mm analog jack. Have no fear though as Apple is packaging both new models to include their new lightning connection earbuds. They are also including an Lightning-to-3.5mm adaptor in the box. Even more exciting is their soon-to-be-released wireless ear pods. These will ship in late October with an MSRP of $59.99. They are much easier to work with than BlueTooth technology. No confusing pairing required. Many companies including JBL and Beats are already working on products to support the new Lightning connection and W1 technology devices.
Much of what makes the new iPhone so awesome is in the iOS10 software. This is great news for current iPhone owners because it will improve the performance of their current devices. SIRI can now open APS. Maps have been redesigned. More importantly, iOS10 introduces Apple HomeKit. This is the internet of things and will allow you to remotely control many home functions like lights, garage doors, climate control, and a lot more.
Caution... Even though iOS 10 will be available for FREE download on September 13th, don't do it! I always recommend waiting a week. Then Google "Problems with iOS10". If you see dozens of posts with the same problems... Battery drainage issues, contacts lost, etc... Wait for the patch before downloading. Often times, some of the older models may barely have enough speed or memory to handle the new software.
Messaging has been updated with new designs and special effects. The Home button is now customizable too. The Home button has been totally improved. Its Force sensitive solid state Taptic engine API enables Apple's 3D touch feature.
As far as performance, the new A10 Fusion processor is a beast. It offers 64 bit quad core architecture with over 3.3 billion transistors. Apple claims this new A10 processor will be 40% faster than the A9 found on the 6s series and over twice as fast as the processor on the iPhone 6. The battery is about 2 hours longer than the 6s and about one hour longer than the 6s+ model.
Apple Pay has added Felica Technology for Japan. the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — and the second generation Apple Watch will be equipped with Sony FeliCa NFC technology. The move will allow for Apple Pay transactions in-store, in-app and online as well as for transport when the payment service makes its launch in Japan in October 2016.
Apple has added black and Jet Black colors to the normal, silver, gold and rose gold options. Interestingly, the SE models will come in 16GB but the 6, 6s, 6s+ and 7 series will offer 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. The Jet Black models exclusively come in 128GB or 256GB only. As we correctly predicted, the iPhone 7 will be $649. The iPhone 7+ will start at $769. We can take orders for Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon starting September 9th. Apple will begin shipping on September 16th. They will launch iOS 10 to the public on September 13th as well.
If you want one of these devices, let me know. Any day, the rest of the line will drop $100 per device so there will never be a better time to get a new iPhone than now.
Apple Watch series 2. Faster, brighter, water resistant and more stylish. ViewRanger introduced which is a great new hiking application. PokeyMon Go is now available on the series 2.
NIKE + new partnership with APPLE. Special model designed for runners. NIKE + runners club membership included.
September is the best month to buy an iPhone and here is why... When Apple announces new models, the current ones tend to drop $100 each in price overnight. With reports of "Touch Disease" being reported from some 6s/6s+ users, there has never been a better time to pick up the proven iPhone 6 model, or SE. We expect a $100 price drop on each this month.
Now that Verizon's new data roll over and "Save Mode" prevent bill shock at the end of the month, what's not to like? While the other carriers are throttling down speeds by using lower resolution, Verizon continues to raise the bar with 3 X aggregation. This latest technology pushes data speeds up to 300MBPS which is lightning fast speeds for any platform. To see Verizon's amazing new plans and get an application, go here.
T-Mobile's ONE will likely reshape the entire wireless industry as AT&T's One Rate did for voice plans in the 1990s. Already Sprint has offered their $100 per month/two line version of this plan. This is the best plan for gamers, streamers, and those who want to use their devices with reckless abandon.
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Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.