This iphone 3G has been in my life since December 25, 2008. In the "smart phone" era, my phone is ancient. I have been eligible for an upgrade for a really long time, and currently I have no contract with my provider, AT&T. I liked my iphone and well, I was hoping to hold out for the next iphone release, the iphone 5, which I heard was going to be in September.
I don't think I'm going to be able to wait that long. The home button on the front of the phone has stopped working, which means I can no longer navigate from say, the phone menu to my Facebook menu (or any other app). I have to power the phone off to get back to the main menu, and then whenever I select an app, I'm stuck there until I power the phone off again.
Not too cool. So, an appointment at the Genius bar at the Apple store tomorrow afternoon, but I'm thinking the phone is done, unless I want to wait another month and use just the phone features on my phone (what a novel concept!) and not be able to use all of the other cool features on my ancient phone.
I will also have to order another cover from here for my new phone, whether I wait it out or not. And there is no guarantee the iphone 5 is coming out in September, just rumor. Hard to plan your life based on a rumor.
The funny part is AT&T said I was eligible for an upgrade "discount" of $299 for the new iphone 4 that I was looking at, which is the exact same price that the Apple store is selling it for without a discount. And the Apple store will customize the phone for me as well, which is a huge bonus.
Will update my phone status tomorrow.