If you're thinking about buying an iPhone there are some things to think about first. This lesson explains them in detail.
Apple's iPhone has become a widely popular device since its launch in 2007. Before you purchase an iPhone, however, you should familiarize yourself with the different options you have to choose from. This includes deciding on a monthly cellular contract and where you're going to purchase your iPhone—either online, from Apple, or from another retailer.
There are two current versions of the iPhone: the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The biggest difference between these two new iPhones and older models is the new 3D Touch feature, which allows for more types of multi-touch interaction. Both versions of the iPhone 6S also include a higher-quality camera than previous models.
These prices require you to sign a two-year contract with a wireless provider, such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, or T-Mobile. In addition to regular cell phone service, you'll be required to purchase a mobile data plan, which usually costs at least $20 per month. You can also get the iPhone 6 for $99 or the iPhone 5S for free with a two-year contract, but keep in mind that these are older models.
Visit Apple.com to Compare iPhone Models and see different models side by side.
If you're still not sure which model you want, take some time to think about the features that are most important to you and how they fit into your budget. Things to consider before you buy include a cellular service contract (can you afford a monthly cellular phone bill?) and data storage (do you need a lot or just a little?).
To place phone calls with your iPhone, you'll need to purchase cellular phone service. Cellular service providers offer a variety of calling plans to fit your budget and lifestyle. There are two types of cellular service options to choose from: a two-year cellular contract and no contract. Both have their pros and cons.
If you aren't ready for a new cell phone or a cellular service contract, the iPod Touch might be an option for you. It has most of the features of an iPhone but cannot be used to make phone calls or send text messages. You can, however, connect to the Internet over Wi-Fi and download apps from the App Store.
There are several ways to approach storing data on your iPhone. Here are some things to think about before making a decision:
For more help making a decision, you can always ask an associate at your local Apple Store for advice. Alternatively, you can call 1-800-MY-APPLE for more information on the product you're interested in.
When you're ready to make your purchase, you have several options. Depending on your preference, you can purchase your iPhone and sign up for a cellular service plan by:
Your decision will probably come down to whoever has the iPhone you want in stock and the cellular service plan that works for you. You might find yourself doing a little bit of research to find a suitable plan before buying your new iPhone.
Beware of any sales, promotions, or contest giveaways that sound too good to be true. Because the iPhone is in high demand, there will always be scammers and other disreputable sellers—especially online—who will try to take advantage of unsuspecting buyers. When in doubt, purchase your device from a well-known retailer.