Lingering iPhone 5 Questions Answered

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The iPhone 5 is already Apple’s best selling iPhone, but people still have a lot of questions about it. So, we’re answering them on this month’s Ask Rich segment.

Question: Hey Rich, What is LTE?

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, it’s a new high speed wireless network. Basically, it makes 3G look like a snail in comparison!

Web surfing is faster and downloads happen in seconds versus minutes–but beware, you’ll be consuming a lot more data.

Question: If I get the new iPhone 5, can I keep my current plan?

AT&T and Sprint have both said you’ll be able to keep your current calling and data plans if you upgrade to the new iPhone. But, on AT&T you won’t be able to Facetime over cellular coverage.

Verizon is using the device as a way to get you to switch to their new shared data plans; Unless you pay full price for the phone, which would start at $650.

Question: Will I be able to call and surf the web at the same time on the new iPhone 5?

If you’re on AT&T’s network, yes. But, if you’re using the phone on Verizon or Sprint’s network, no.

The Reasons is that the iPhone has a single antenna, for both data and calls. There is one exception though, if you’re connected to WiFi, you’ll be able to surf the web and talk on the phone at the same time no matter what network you’re on.

Question: I already have the iPhone 4S, is it really worth the upgrade?

If you have the 4S, you’re already getting some of the best new features like navigation and built in Facebook integration.

So, unless you have to have the latest device, or crave that 4G speed, you’ll make do. But, if you have an iPhone 4 or previous models, this is worth the upgrade just based on the camera quality alone.

One last thing, your old sim card–the small chip that acts as the brain of the phones on GSM networks–won’t fit in the new iPhone. The new device uses a smaller card called nano sim, so it’s not a good idea to force it in.

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