Today's that special summer day, which has become dependable over the past few years, when you can see long lines outside your local Apple Store. The new iPhone 4 is hitting the shelves, and some estimates indicate that as many as one million could be sold in just one day. The pre-orders alone were around 600,000. It's pretty exciting to be one of the first to own a cool new device, so you might be considering joining the crowds clamoring for the shiny, fresh iPhone today. But exercising some patience might be a good idea.
The Prospect of a New Service Provider
There's some reason to believe that Apple could announce additional service provider coverage for the iPhone as soon as this year. Who that will be is a little unclear. Some say T-mobile. Others say Verizon. If you sign a new contract today for the iPhone, however, you'll be stuck with AT&T for the next two years. For those who dislike AT&T's network, it might pay off to wait six to nine months for the iPhone 4 if they could get it with a different carrier.
Not Fully Functional
The new iPhone has few truly new capabilities. The standout is videoconferencing. The problem, however, is that it will only work over WiFi throughout 2010. While that's better than nothing, it means that the device can't be used to its full capabilities this year. And besides, you can already enjoy videoconferencing for free over WiFi with Skype. The real innovation would be doing so over a mobile data network.