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I read on the Apple Store Website today that starting in November you can purchase your unlocked / contract free iPhone 4S directly from their website. This is really good news because you can get a warranty with your iPhone and it will cost half the price of buying one in Kuwait.
I'm still not sure if I want to just wait for the iPhone 5 to get released which will have a much longer battery life. Inshallah, we will see what I do since I cannot make up my mind.
The price chart for an iPhone 4S Unlocked and Contract-free:
$649 = 16GB
$749 = 32GB
$849 = 64GB
iPhone 5 Release Date a Mystery, Siri iPhone 4S with iOS 5 OK for Now
October 17, 2011 by Bill Palmer
“I’m on Sprint. Should I wait for the iPhone 5 release date, or get the iPhone 4S with iOS 5 now,” one reader asks. The question is the one we get the most often of any tech topic. Regardless of whether the carrier is Sprint or one of its iPhone rivals like Verizon or AT&T, the answer is the same: for most users looking to buy their first iPhone, there’s no quantifiable reason to wait for the iPhone 5 instead of opting for the Siri-enabled iPhone 4S now. However, if you already have an iPhone 4, there are arguments for both sides. Here’s a look.
The rationale for iPhone newbies diving in now as opposed to waiting is multi-pronged. First, the iPhone 5 release date is unknown and could be nine to twelve months away, a long time to continue going without an iPhone if you’ve already decided you want one. Equally important, the iPhone 4S isn’t lacking anything that most users would care about. The iPhone 5 will likely deliver faster 4G LTE networking and at least a slightly larger screen. But there’s little reason to want LTE now, with the networks still only fractionally built. LTE antennas are also oversized and power hungry, leaving the LTE phones currently on the market suffering from being bulky, not having enough room for other hardware features, and having startlingly short battery life. When that all gets straightened out next year, Apple will roll an LTE enabled iPhone 5. In the mean time the iPhone 4S uses 3G which is nearly everywhere and plenty fast for mobile computing while not committing atrocities on the battery. The 4S also offers the iOS 5 operating system, A5 microprocessor, and Siri digital assistant, which would have been the same three headlining features of the iPhone 5 if it had launched this year.
But the real tiebreaker might be that you can in fact have both the iPhone 4S and 5 if you play your cards right. If you’re upgrade eligible now, buy the iPhone 4S for $199. When the iPhone 5 comes out you won’t be upgrade eligible but you’ll be able to buy it for $200-250 above sticker, depending on your carrier. Sell your 4S on eBay at that time and you’ll get at least $300 for it (there’s always someone in a bad contract situation who’s willing to overpay for your used iPhone). Do the math and you got to use the 4S for free in the mean time, or perhaps even came out a little ahead (a dirty secret the carriers would rather you not discover).
Finally, there’s the scenario of the current iPhone 4 user. Upgrading depends on the value you place on the A5 processor speed and Siri; all the rest of the iOS 5 experience will run just fine on your iPhone 4. But for everyone else who’s eyeing the iPhone 4S, it’s almost a no brainer. Here’s more on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.