Consumer Watch: Should you upgrade your phone?

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

(WHAS11) -- Friday begins pre-sales of Apple's iPhone 5 and so many smartphone users have the same question on their minds right now  to upgrade, or not to upgrade?

The time between an Apple iPhone launch and the day the gadget hits stores can be stressful, pondering whether the new device is worth the time spent braving the crowds, or the amount of cash to jump from one carrier to another. This is the debate in the minds of many smartphone users right now.

Just days before the phone is available others are wondering, why is there so much buzz about Apple?

“They really did invent that entire experience that we take for granted today. Just the fluidity of being able to touch your contacts and scroll through a list of music or have a full web browser on your phone. Those are things that no manufacturer in the world was doing before Apple,” said our tech expert.
 
And those are things apple has done on every version of the iPhone so tech experts say some consumers may not miss too much by skipping the iPhone 5.

“If you have an iPhone 4s, this may not be a necessary upgrade for you, because when the software comes out, you'll get a lot of the enhancements that the new phone will have in the software, which is free. But if you have anything older than an iPhone 4s, i absolutely think that this is a worthy purchase,"  countered another techie.
 
Remember, the 4s went on sale just last October. So an iPhone 6 cannot be that far off. Those who do make the leap this fall should look carefully at the plans being offered by the carriers because data plans have been changing. 
 

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