Beaconfire Survey: New iPhone

Editor’s note:  Periodically, iphone we do a survey of Beaconfire staff to get impressions on a variety of non-profit technology issues. All opinions expressed here are solely those of their authors. With the new iPhone out on the street, we thought we’d ask our tech-savvy staff: Do you plan to switch to the new iPhone? If not, what feature are you waiting for?

Mark, Functional Consultant: iphone is not currently compatible with metro (other than getting next train info above ground, outside of the system), so heck no. Start giving me a choice of carrier, including Verizon, and then maybe…

But then again, the cost is exorbitant – especially for someone like me who only occasionally reaps the benefits of the mobile internet. I’m hardly ever more than a few feet away from a desktop or laptop for most of every day, so it’s not like I really NEED it.

Sure, at the cheapest iphone is only $200 for the 8 GB version, but add in the ongoing service fees and you’re out quiet a lot. ATT’s basic plan is $70/month for unlimited internet and 450 minutes of talk time – and NO text messages included. So that comes out to $1,040 total cost of ownership in the first year at the cheapest. No thanks

Lynn, Principal Consultant: I’ll only even think about an iPhone if they extend carriers beyond AT&T.

Eve, Creative Director: A a current iPhone addict, it was tempting to upgrade but I resisted for a few reasons. First, I didn’t wanna fix what ain’t broke — Im so in love with this device, I didn’t want to do anything that would come between us, including the 2.0 firmware update that I could implement right now if I wanted to. Secondly, I’m holding out for a 32gig model so I don’t have to pick and choose what music/media I can have on it (as I need to do now with my 8 gigger). Lastly, the “new” features that are only available on the 3G (like speed, outlook synch and others) are not as high on my priority list like picture SMS would be.

Maybe when I’ve had my baby for a year around xmas time, I’ll take the plunge.

Kristin, Project Manager: No, I’m not going to upgrade because I like my super tiny, low-tech phone that only makes calls and sends text messages. However, if I was considering replacing my phone, I wouldn’t go with the iPhone because it’s on the AT&T network.

Tim, Functional Consultant: I’m not planning on upgrading.  I am as dissatisfied with my current phone as I’ve been with any other phone I’ve had.  At least this one came nearly free with my Verizon plan.   I don’t hate it nearly as much as I would if I’d paid hundreds of dollars for it.  Oddly, since I am a bit of a gear-freak, I’m not looking for a phone to do more; I don’t even need the camera in the phone I have now, never use the internet, and don’t play games.  I suppose, when it comes to phones, I’m a bit of a Luddite.

Eric, Senior Consultant: When the put a respectable hard drive on the iPhone and make it available for carriers other than AT&T, I’ll upgrade.

Shiloh, Production Specialist: I will not be upgrading to the new iPhone, as I have poured all my extra gadget cash into the Wii.

Kate, Administrative Assistant: I’m quite happy with my old iPhone, especially since it means I get to stay on the more inclusive old AT&T plan. I was also able to get a bunch of new updates and new applications that were released with the new phone. (For example, the free application “Shakespeare.” I now have the complete works of William Shakespeare hanging out in my phone, taking up negligible space.) I’m rarely an early adopter, but I think that it’s paid off for me in this case.

John Brian, Marketing Consultant: I probably won’t buy an iPhone until they add functionality like copy/paste and the ability to run things in the background. The app store is nice in theory, but the way Apple has to approve all apps and patches, combined with preventing apps from integrating with features like the phone and iTunes keep it from really letting users get the most out of their phone. Plus I’m not wild about having to switch to AT&T.

Rahul, Tech Lead: I’ll wait to buy it when it’s either $50 bucks or Free. The Motorola razr was similarly priced when it first came out and now is given away for free for the basic version.

Why pay full price when Apple will have to subsidize it under impending competition from other market players that are approaching to or have already exceeded the hardware capabilities of the iPhone.

The Android OS by Google will make a level playing field in the new cell phone wars.

Taylor, Software Engineer: Reasons why I am resisting the temptation to get an iPhone

4) Not only is it a lot of money to purchase the iPhone itself but then I would start paying for monthly internet on my phone and I’d probably want to buy apps and download more music, etc. I don’t want to open all those doors.

3) I find it healthy to be disconnected from the internet for portions of the day (ie. My 7 minute commute) 

2) I have been very impressed with the reception I get with Verizon and I have NO interest in switching to AT&T

1) I can get the red sox scores by text messaging google and that is really all that matters!!!

Ali, Marketing Consultant: I share my fellow coworker’s opinion on two points: cost and provider.  I’ll switch to the iPhone when the former shrinks and the latter widens.  Either that or when my Verizon Q dies.

Elizabeth, Senior Consultant: Although I really want one, I also really like t-mobile, so until Congress steps in and requires carriers to unlock phones so you can use any phone with any carrier, I’m probably sticking with my Razr.

.Arlene, Office Manager: No I don’t plan to upgrade.

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