Pronav bought an iPhone 5 on Sprint, but hears that Verizon iPhone’s comes unlocked. Would the Sprint iPhone 5 be unlocked as well, since it’s the same phone? Leo says no. Verizon chose on their own to unlock the iPhones that come through them. Leo believes that going forward, this will likely become the norm though. Will he be able to use his Sprint phone on another service when his contract is over? An eager rep at Verizon may be able to do it by unlocking it with software.
Bill is looking to get his first smartphone. Which one should he get? Windows Phone 8, Android or iPhone?
Leo says don't wait. It's probably not going to be here until fall of 2013, because Apple doesn't typically release new iPhones sooner than a year. Even then, the iPhone 5S would probably only have marginal improvements over the iPhone 5.
This week, T-Mobile not only announced that they're finally getting the iPhone, but that they would be eliminating phone subsidies, two year contracts and early termination fees. They will offer "financing" for phones, which makes Leo wonder what the difference is. They are also going to lower the cost of their monthly plans. An interesting move as T-Mobile tries to leach more customers from the big two.
Leo suggests going with the iPhone 5 because it comes unlocked on Verizon. He can put in a European sim for a local number and local data. But he shouldn't use the phone for calls home, he should use Skype instead!
Leo doesn't usually recommend extended warranties because they're a pure profit center for Apple, as most customers just don't use it. However, Leo generally recommends it for portable devices because they're more fragile and she would get better service with it. She may end up paying a deductable, but it's probably worth it on an iPhone.
Leo says that's because states want the full tax since she's really buying the phone at full price, just amortized over time. Every state law is different, too. Leo says there used to be a way around this with Amazon, but they're collecting sales tax now.
Leo says that there's a good chance he won't be able to use it all. It's a CDMA phone, and most cell networks overseas use GSM technology. If he upgraded to the iPhone 5, he'd have no problem. The Verizon iPhone 5 comes unlocked and is a world phone, so Eric could buy a local SIM card and use data locally.