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To update or not update my OS: Verizon iPhone4

I've got an old Verizon iPhone I would dearly love to keep as long as possible, because once I give it up for a newer one I lose my unlimited data plan. (Grumble! Rant!). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 20, 2014 - 18 answers

iphone question

Okay, i need some advice on what is my best move. My new company just gave me a new iphone 5s (verizon) 64 gb. I had a iphone 5 (at&t) 64 gb. right after i got my new phone, i dropped my old (at&t) phone & the screen shattered. But thanks to applecare, i got a brand new one for only $50. (Go me!). Okay... my daughter has a 32gb iphone 4 with a slight crack at the bottom right of the screen... generally it operates kinda slow & she is having some problems with her home button (we had her screen replaced before) My son has a 16 gb iphone 4 ... his home button also isn't working great... (also, the screen has been replaced before). That's the summary of our situation.... So my question is... (seeing how i'm good with my new company phone) ... what is my best move to both upgrade both kid's phone & to maybe bank some money? [more inside]
posted by foodybat on Apr 17, 2014 - 7 answers

help us choose our first iphones

My parents and I are about to get iphones (and smartphones!) for the first time. We're trying to choose between the 4s and the 5. I've heard that the 5 models tend to eat through data even when the user isn't meaning to use data. Can anyone confirm, deny, or otherwise talk about this problem? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 on Dec 27, 2013 - 15 answers

What's a reliable way to unlock an iPhone 4 myself?

I know about the AT&T device unlock form, but is there a reliable way to unlock an iPhone 4 myself without waiting for AT&T to respond? Although it is an AT&T phone, it has been a few years since we've been AT&T customers, so the PIN I entered in the form may not be correct, and this is a time-sensitive matter. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Is it a bad idea to upgrade my iphone 4 to the 4S instead of the 5?

I've had an iPhone 4 for a couple of years now. It's seen better days; the home button works only half the time, etc. My fiance recently got his first, a 4S, and the difference between it and the 4 is amaaaaazing. I am sorely tempted to upgrade to that for a hundred bucks, rather than wait for the new 5's to come out (esp since there's no guarantee now that the original 5 will come down in price). [more inside]
posted by flyingsquirrel on Aug 14, 2013 - 19 answers

You're perfect, I love you, now change.

I've been using this case for my iPhone 4 for about a year now. Here's what I like about it: it doesn't cover the screen; it doesn't compromise the camera lens or flash; it is a smooth material that doesn't snag on my pocket (unlike, say, rubber); and most importantly, it has slots for credit cards that are very easily accessible. Here's what I don't like about it: all of the available colors are boring or ugly. Is there an iPhone 4 case out there that satisfies everything I love about this one but is more aesthetically interesting? At this point I would even consider different solid colors more interesting. (The one thing I am not willing to compromise on is card slots, so please don't recommend that. I know I'm being a brat.)
posted by telegraph on May 24, 2013 - 5 answers

What is wrong with my iPhone?

I got my iPhone 4 in October 2011. The past few months, it has had a couple of really annoying issues: [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Playing an iPhone Voice Memo over the phone?

Is there an easy way to play a Voice Memo (previously recorded, using the iPhone's app) during a phone call so that the person on the other end of the line can listen to it? This is an iPhone 4. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Mar 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Sculpted (not printed) Han Solo in carbonite iPhone 4 case?

Are there any iPhone 4 cases that feature Han Solo frozen in carbonite that are sculpted/3d, and not printed? The only one I've managed to find is this, which seems a little dicey.
posted by bdk3clash on Feb 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me finish unlocking my iphone, please!

I live in London and will soon be travelling to Melbourne, Australia. I have an iPhone 4 and a contract with Three UK; this week I paid Three fifteen quid to unlock my phone so that I can use a local sim when I'm abroad. Three sent me a text telling me my unlock request has been processed, and to finish the unlocking process I need to insert a non-Three sim card and connect the device to iTunes. I don't have another sim card and am not sure where I can get one before I catch my plane on Saturday. Help? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl on Oct 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

I have an iPhone 4. It is not jail broken or anything and I have no plans to do so. Is the upgrade to ios6 worth it? I understand that applemaps is pretty awful, and I'm not sure if the rest of ios6 is worth the loss of google maps. If you have ios6, what else does it do? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on Oct 4, 2012 - 21 answers

Oh noes. I'm dead.

Last night, while playing with Find My iPhone, I erased my wife's iPhone. That's right. I erased my wife's iPhone. Apparently, it wasn't backing up to iCloud. Unless I have a good backup on her laptop via iTunes, I am screwed, right? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Sep 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Help Me Protect My Gratuitously Expensive Phone

I need a slim iPhone holster, and I can't find one for the iPhone4. [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on Mar 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me fix my iPhone4

I'm looking to replace the back glass panel of my iPhone 4. The options seem to be cheap ($2-$10) options from Amazon, or $80 from iFixIt. I'm mostly interested in the quality of the glass covering the lens. Mine is tremendously scratched, rendering my camera useless. I'd prefer to not pay $80, but I also don't trust the $2 knock-offs from Amazon. I've heard that the cheap ones have very crappy lens coverings - essentially just plastic wrap, not clear glass at all. Any advice on getting a quality rear backing at a decent price?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Feb 21, 2012 - 14 answers

My iphone 4 doesn't appear to be backing up to the backup folder

Dumb iphone backup question. Got an iphone 4 (not 4s) in December. Have sync'd and backed up via itunes several times since then, but when I browse to the folder where the backups are stored, only the initial one from December shows up. Buh? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on Feb 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Is "GSM [speaker] buzz" a thing of the past?

Is "GSM [speaker] buzz" a thing of the past? I have an iPhone 4. [more inside]
posted by skwt on Nov 16, 2011 - 15 answers

ROGUES ROGUES EVERYWHERE but there is unfortunately a more limited selection for Macs

I need roguelike or roguelike-like games that will work on OS X Lion or an iPhone 4, maaaaybe a PS3 but I'm not looking to spend much money. I have some optional preferences. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Oct 12, 2011 - 18 answers

Wireless audio for my computer and phone?

Which Bluetooth headphones will work well with an iPhone 4 and late-2008 iMac? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Goofy-proof iPhone 4/4s cases!

Which one of these iPhone 4 cases will resist my goofiness better? Or other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kitsuloukos on Oct 10, 2011 - 24 answers

What resources will help me understand how to, and build better iPhone applications?

Hello from Mefi's intern Dom. I'm coming in relatively cold to building iPhone applications and am teaching myself how to do it. What are some good resources/ references that would help make the learning process easier on me? [more inside]
posted by Dominic. Allen on Jul 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me be somewhat out of touch.

I don't want any access to email when I am on vacation this year. However, I do need cellphone access. I am currently using an AT&T iPhone 4. Can use the iPhone 4 micro sim card (with an adapter) in a GoPhone? Barring that, what is the most featureless AT&T phone I can put my iPhone 4 sim in (including ones I can buy used). Thanks!
posted by 4ster on Jun 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Need a Better iPhone Protection Solution

I want a dock-ready iPhone 4 case with a holster that will be protective but not overkill. Recommend me one? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Apr 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Will the iPad2 screen seem dinky to an iPhone4 owner?

iPad owners: I'm considering getting an iPad 2. I currently own an iPhone 4, though, and I'm worried that using it is going to be like using an iPhone 3G—the screens on those, which once seemed fine to me, now seem ridiculously grainy. Yes, I know I'm spoiled. But will this mess with my enjoyment of the device? Or is stuff/text generally larger on iPad apps, such that it won't be as noticeable?
posted by saltykmurks on Mar 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Built-in iSight or iPhone 4 for quick video shoot?

I have to shoot a quick, five-minute video that's basically a vlog: just me talking into the camera. To film it, I can use either a built-in iSight camera on a 2008 pre-unibody MacBook Pro, or an iPhone 4. Which one would be the better choice? Yeah, I'm aware it's not going to look cinematic with either one, but I want to look as decent as I can within reason. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Jan 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Easiest way to use a US iPhone 4 in the UK?

I'm studying abroad in London next semester, and I'd like to use my iPhone 4 while I'm there. I need some help figuring out how to jailbreak and unlock my phone, and what UK plan to use when I get there. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Dec 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Keep me wired in Puerto Vallarta!

Does anyone know if I can get a prepaid micro sim (with data!) that works in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? Data is actually more important than minutes - I'm taking my factory unlocked iPhone, and would really prefer not to have to rely on sketchy wifi while I'm there. [more inside]
posted by cgg on Dec 8, 2010 - 2 answers

My iPhone is storing photos that I don't know about

I have 182.5 MB of photos stored on my iPhone, but iTunes is telling me that my phone has 2.1 GB worth of "Photos." What gives? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Nov 24, 2010 - 5 answers

iPhone 4 won't stay connected to wifi when it's invisible

iPhone 4 won't stay connected to wifi when it's invisible [more inside]
posted by nelvana on Sep 5, 2010 - 6 answers

iPhone4 cracked glass, please help!

iPhone 4: Cracked from glass...what are my options? [more inside]
posted by jdlugo on Sep 5, 2010 - 7 answers

North by Northwest

I want an iPhone app that will allow me to get back to where I've been using the GPS, Compass and (optionally) mapping software. Essentially, I would bookmark places I want to return to. Then, to get back to them, I can just open the app, hit the bookmark and it tells me which direction to travel and how far to go. [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on Aug 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Getting the wife a new iPhone, and things related.

My wife wants to get an iPhone, and is currently on Verizon. I already have one. What's the best route for us to go? If she gets an iPhone4, can I take it and give her the 3GS just by swapping the SIM cards? What is your experience with AT&Ts family plans, or are we better off having separate accts? Does ordering the phone online make anything more difficult? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Aug 18, 2010 - 20 answers

Recommendations for free iPhone Cases?

Can anyone recommend any of the free cases in the iPhone 4 case program? I have a little while left to order, but I haven't seen any of the cases in person (even the bumpers), and I don't know which to get. [more inside]
posted by dam1975 on Aug 11, 2010 - 15 answers

Is my old itrip destined for the scrapheap (or freecycle)?

I've just got a shiny new iphone 4, but I'm having trouble making it work with my old itrip. [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita on Aug 8, 2010 - 1 answer

Dropped calls be damned. I want an iPhone.

Can I walk into an Apple Store and get an iPhone yet? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Aug 6, 2010 - 11 answers

My Wallets Going to Lose Some Weight...

I'm having a Canadian friend buy me an iPhone 4 in Canada (I'm in America.) How much is this going to cost? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on Jul 29, 2010 - 12 answers

HTC Desire vs. iPhone 4

Should I get an HTC Desire or an iPhone 4? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Jul 19, 2010 - 31 answers

How long for shipping for an iPhone 4?

Anyone with experience ordering an iPhone 4 online? My son decided he was ready to buy one and not one place local to us has one in stock. [more inside]
posted by jvilter on Jul 17, 2010 - 13 answers

iPhone 4 vs 3GS signal comparison

For people with the new iPhone 4, who previously had experience with the iPhone 3GS. How do you find the iPhone 4 stacks up against the 3GS in the area of signal reception? Is the iPhone 4 better or worse at obtaining and maintaining a cellular signal? [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek on Jun 29, 2010 - 9 answers

iPhone and Gmail Sync Issues

Overwrite Gmail contacts with iPhone contacts. How? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Jun 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Where to Pre-Order the New iPhone 4

I'm planning on pre-ordering the new iphone tomorrow. I'm eligible for the AT&T upgrade plan. Is there a price difference between ordering it at an AT&T store versus an Apple store? I thought is was the same in terms of price, but a friend recently told me the discount was larger at the AT&T store. Thanks for the help!
posted by leecohen on Jun 14, 2010 - 6 answers

What is a backside-illuminated sensor?

The new iPhone's sensor is backside-illuminated sensor. What does that actually mean? What other cameras offer this technology? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Jun 7, 2010 - 7 answers

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