Should I wait for the new iPhone?
“Absolutely yes, especially if price is no concern. Right now is the worst possible time to buy an iPhone on a 24 month contract. If you do, you’re going to spend the majority of your contract with an old iPhone model at a relatively similar monthly price to what the next iPhone will cost in a few months’ time,” says Alex.
In the last two iPhone cycles, WhistleOut has tracked a trend where iPhone launch prices from Australian carriers tend to be the most competitive on offer, with a specific 3-4 month window from launch providing the best time to buy. After this window, each carrier tends to lift their prices.
Alex says: “Over the past few years, we’ve seen the iPhone break all the rules. Mobile phones all tend to launch at a high price and then get cheaper the longer they are in the market. However, the trend for iPhones is to launch with the most competitive price, increase after 3-4 months and stay high for another 18 months, such is the popularity of the phone”.
Alex recommends the following plan of attack if you’re in the market for an iPhone: “The best time to buy an iPhone is likely to be late September or October, on launch of the iPhone 5. On launch we predict iPhone 5 pricing to follow previous trends and be at its most competitive. Alternatively, if you’re not after the latest technology, you’ll be able to pick up a bargain iPhone 4S, as past trends also show that previous model prices drop on launch of the next.”
Which Android phone should I buy?
If you can’t wait and need a phone now, Alex’ recommends the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X or HTC One XL with 4G as the best Android phones on the market right now. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has also been released, but so far no smartphones have actually launched with compatibility out of the box.
Windows Phone 7? Or wait for Windows Phone 8?
If you’re looking for a windows based phone, Alex’s advice is to wait: “Windows Phone 7 is a great and upcoming platform; WhistleOut are actually huge fans of it. But WP8 will bring many exciting and new concepts to the mobile world. Developers will be able to write an app for Windows 8 and then port it to WP8 with relative ease. WP8 will also support the Havoc graphics engine. Havoc is the basis for such titles as Assassin’s Creed and even Skyrim. The current generation of WP7 handsets are woefully under geared compared to the competition. With WP8, Microsoft will be catching up one or two generations of technology almost overnight.”
What about Blackberry?
If you’re one of the few remaining die-hard BlackBerry fans then the good news from WhistleOut is that your choice is easy, although again you’ll have to wait. There is only one option, the BB10 due out in early 2013.
Other Considerations - 4G
Currently in Australia 4G LTE is pretty hard to come by as it’s only available on the Telstra 4G network. There are more than a few rumours circulating that strongly suggest Optus may be aiming for an early September consumer 4G LTE plan launch, but those rumours are currently unconfirmed and a mobile phone handset partner is not in place. Vodafone will also be joining the 4G race, but probably not until sometime around February next year.
In terms of mobile phones compatible with the 4G network, the HTC One XL is available now and is, in WhistleOut’s opinion, currently the best 4G smartphone in Australia. However be aware that unlike the quad-core found in the HTC One X, the 4G capable HTC One XL only has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor.
However, while this phone is currently in favour at WhistleOut, Alex points out “that the iPhone 5 is very likely to support 4G networks on launch, although this isn’t confirmed as yet.”
For more advice from WhistleOut on choosing between phone plans for each smartphone go to:
iPhone Plans: http://www.whistleout.com.au/
Android Plans: http://www.whistleout.com.au/
Windows Phone 8: http://www.whistleout.com.au/
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