Why hold off?
Pre-4G has nowhere near the coverage and availability of 3G phones currently, but you should still check your carrier’s coverage maps when considering a new smartphone. With the state of networks today, even a 4G-capable phone like Sprint’s Epic 4G will default to a 3G network if it can’t find a 4G signal. And 4G-capable phones in 3G areas can sneak in hidden costs for services you might not even be using. On Sprint’s network, the Epic 4G and Evo 4G smartphones come packaged with a $10 premium fee that you’ll pay monthly, whether you ever get anywhere near a 4G network or not. That makes your local 4G availability the biggest concern when considering a 4G phone.
On the other hand, a 4G phone can run on a 3G network just fine, and it’ll be ready for the 4G revolution when the time comes. But depending on availability, your mobile plan may have already refreshed and you could be due for your next shiny piece of mobile technology.
For now, consider sticking with your 3G phone, and keep your eyes and ears open for when widely available 4G networks spring up.
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