Alternatives to Rogers iPhone Package
Last October I bought an iPod touch. It’s essentially an iPhone without the phone. The phone part I didn’t need. I haven’t owned a cell phone for years, but if I did have a cell phone it would be a simple one to talk with; forget about this text messaging nonsense, but that’s just me.
So, is the iPod touch a viable alternative to the full iPhone? Well, besides missing the phone part, it doesn’t have the built in camera, nor Bluetooth. However, it does have Wi-Fi. Which means you can use it to surf the web when you’re within Wi-Fi range such as in my house or at Temptation Tea on Bank Street where you can sometimes ‘borrow’ an open Wi-Fi connection. This means, you can’t read your email on a moving bus, unless you’ve already downloaded it. Mind you, I don’t want to read my email on the bus, but again, that’s just me.
The keyboard for sending messages and the Safari Mobile web browser are the same on the iPhone as they are on the iPod touch. I really try to limit my use of that little on screen keyboard to urls and short emails. I use it way more for reading stuff. What’d be sweet is to figure out how to plug a full size keyboard into it. Of course, that’s why you have an iMac to go with your iPod touch or iPhone. Sure, they both will also work with a PC. Although, I haven’t tried it myself.
If I heard this right, the cost of a Rogers iPhone plan is over $6,000. So, as an alternative you could buy yourself a new 24 inch iMac, a MacBook Pro, 2 (yes two!) iPod touch(es), a Time Capsule, and an Apple TV instead. Oh, and there’d be left over to also buy a cheap iPod nano for the fellow who pointed this out to you on the interweb (me).
***BTW: the Wi-Fi in my house probably costs about $1260 over 3 years if you’re in the neighborhood the password is ‘FreeWiFi’ ***