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How To Buy an iPhone

Know what to look for when shopping for this very cool mobile device.


  • Step 1: Once you've examined the features and made your choice, order your iPhone online or pick one up at an Apple retail store.
  • Step 2: Activate your iPhone with an approved wireless carrier. Enjoy you new-found mobile freedom!
  • FACT: In 1995, long before the iPhone, Michael Kovatch bought the domain. In 2007, Apple generously paid Kovatch for it.
  • Step 3: Before take the plunge, determine whether you have a computer that can connect to it. Minimum Mac system requirements are the Mac OS X 10.4.11 operating system, while minimum PC requirements include Windows Vista or XP. Both systems require a USB port, the latest version of iTunes, and an iTunes Store account.
  • TIP: More recent iPhone models also include a camera that takes still photos and video.
  • Step 4: Examine the features of the various versions. You can order an iPhone with a smaller or larger memory capacity, depending on how much you want to spend.
  • Step 5: Check out the iPhone's other features to decide whether the device fits your needs. Features include a 3.5-inch multitouch screen, but no external keypad, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and anywhere from 5 to 12 hours of continuous battery life, depending on how much you use the phone.
  • Step 6: Go to Apple's website to see the latest versions of the iPhone. Buying an iPhone without signing up for a wireless plan can cost as much as $699.

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