iPhone 4S: Things to Know – Carrier Limitations, Services and More



With the iPhone 4S announcement came quite a bit of news. Before that of course, was the speculation and wonder. Luckily, we finally have a real phone and specs to work with. That’s a heck of a lot better than we had in the past.

Let’s take a look at some of the stuff that’s come up since the announcement.


1) Siri Limitations

Most heard this part, but for those left over wondering. First off, Siri only works with the iPhone 4S. Sorry, iPhone 4 owners. You’re out of this one. That’s the obvious part, but those looking into the iPhone 4s may want to know a bit about the Siri language limitations. Here are the language compatibilities according to Apple’s website:

English (U.S., UK, and Australian), French, German


2) The AT&T Advantage

The advantage to AT&T still remains much the same. Their 3G network allows for data usage while on the phone. On top of that, they have the much faster speeds that were talked about during the event yesterday. If the speeds are anywhere near what they say, they should be pretty close to what is advertised as 4G. Of course that is only under ideal network conditions. Many users may also argue that they can’t get a decent connection, in that case, speed does you no good.


3) The Sprint Advantage

Sprint offers unlimited data. ‘Nuff said.

Seriously, though, that’s a huge plus for smartphone users. This means unlimited browsing and downloading from your iPhone. The question does remain, however, how long this will last. It may not change, but pile on a few million new handsets and heavy downloaders, that may change.


4) Worth Keeping in Mind

When we first saw that the iPhone 4S would be able to do 1080p HD video, we thought “Whoa, maybe the base model will start at 32GB.” Looking back, it was quite the bit of wishful thinking, but when we thought about it, 16GB isn’t a lot when you are talking 1080p HD. Keep in mind that a good portion of that will go towards your apps and your music, etc. I personally learned that lesson this week when having a performance filmed.  The phone ran out of space about 15 minutes into my performance. Oops.


Which Carrier Are You Going With?

There are now three official iPhone carriers. Okay, two, but there will be three by the end of next week. That means more choices, and that’s a good thing. Which carrier are you planning on going with? Perhaps you already have an iPhone and plan on sticking around. Maybe you were just holding out and sticking to AT&T until another carrier became available.

Let us know in the comments.



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