Welcome to the iMore Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
+ Reply
Results 1 to 13 of 13
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By pkcable
  1. Thread AuthorThread Author   #1  
    iMore Question
    iMore Question's Avatar
    Guest

    Default Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    My 2 year (iPhone 5S) contract with Verizon ends in November this year. I will stay with Verizon cell service but I want to get a new iPhone every year instead of every 2 years. Better deal thru Apple or Verizon? Thanks!
  2. Best Answer

    So in other words your mileage may vary! There is NO perfect answer here!

  3. #2  
    mountainman15's Avatar
    iMore Nanite

    Posts
    7 Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    Quote Originally Posted by iMore Question View Post
    My 2 year (iPhone 5S) contract with Verizon ends in November this year. I will stay with Verizon cell service but I want to get a new iPhone every year instead of every 2 years. Better deal thru Apple or Verizon? Thanks!
    The cost should be exactly the same - Verizon's Device Payment Plan and Apple's Upgrade Program simply split up the cost of the iPhone over 24 months.

    The upside of Apple's upgrade program is that you can tack on Apple Care + for $5/month. The downside of Apple's program is that you have to open a line of credit to finance the phone and requires a hard pull on your credit. If you've been a Verizon customer for a while with good payment history, they'll at most do a soft pull of your credit (if any at all) and you won't have to open a line of credit which is much more ideal.

    Unless you want Apple Care and want to pay for it monthly rather than all at once, Verizon's plan is the better way to go, IMO.
  4. #3  
    sx4dude2013's Avatar
    iMore Intermediate

    Posts
    105 Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    Plus Verizon is offering a trade in deal
  5. #4  
    pkcable's Avatar
    Q&A Jedi

    Posts
    3,680 Posts
    Global Posts
    39,619 Global Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    Verizon may actually be cheaper, as they don't require you to have Apple Care, BUT you then don't get Apple Care. Also via Apple you are getting ab unlocked device and you are NOT locked in to Verizon (to a degree), HOWEVER with the Verizon financing you are totally locked in to Verizon.
  6. #5  
    pkcable's Avatar
    Q&A Jedi

    Posts
    3,680 Posts
    Global Posts
    39,619 Global Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    Quote Originally Posted by mountainman15 View Post
    The cost should be exactly the same - Verizon's Device Payment Plan and Apple's Upgrade Program simply split up the cost of the iPhone over 24 months.

    The upside of Apple's upgrade program is that you can tack on Apple Care + for $5/month. The downside of Apple's program is that you have to open a line of credit to finance the phone and requires a hard pull on your credit. If you've been a Verizon customer for a while with good payment history, they'll at most do a soft pull of your credit (if any at all) and you won't have to open a line of credit which is much more ideal.

    Unless you want Apple Care and want to pay for it monthly rather than all at once, Verizon's plan is the better way to go, IMO.
    Apple Care is actually required now.
  7. #6  
    ekneeiphone's Avatar
    iMore Newbie

    Posts
    41 Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    My 7th grader's 5s is paid off and we are going to get her a iphone7. Can anyone please give the pros and cons of the apple upgrade program vs. verizon for a 7th grader. Thank you
    Both myself and my wife are on the apple upgrade program.
  8. #7  
    SwitchBeach's Avatar
    iMore Elite

    Posts
    2,361 Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    The Apple Upgrade Program requires a credit check. Verizon's program does not. It just requires that the account be in good standing.

    Apple's program rolls the cost of Apple Care + into the monthly payment (which makes the monthly payment slightly higher but spreads out the cost).
    With Verizon's program, you have to pay for Apple Care + separately and all upfront.

    Verizon is usually fairly generous at the release of a new iPhone with the trade in of an old iPhone.

    Otherwise, they are very similar.
  9. #8  
    sx4dude2013's Avatar
    iMore Intermediate

    Posts
    105 Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    Quote Originally Posted by ekneeiphone View Post
    My 7th grader's 5s is paid off and we are going to get her a iphone7. Can anyone please give the pros and cons of the apple upgrade program vs. verizon for a 7th grader. Thank you
    Both myself and my wife are on the apple upgrade program.
    Verizon in my opinion is better
  10. #9  
    pkcable's Avatar
    Q&A Jedi

    Posts
    3,680 Posts
    Global Posts
    39,619 Global Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    So in other words your mileage may vary! There is NO perfect answer here!
  11. #10  
    ekneeiphone's Avatar
    iMore Newbie

    Posts
    41 Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    Why?
  12. #11  
    SwitchBeach's Avatar
    iMore Elite

    Posts
    2,361 Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    Quote Originally Posted by ekneeiphone View Post
    Why?
    Why what?
  13. #12  
    pkcable's Avatar
    Q&A Jedi

    Posts
    3,680 Posts
    Global Posts
    39,619 Global Posts

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    Name:  budwhyneon.jpg
Views: 85
Size:  13.3 KB
    SwitchBeach likes this.
  14. #13  

    Default Re: Cheaper to go thru Apple or Verizon to get a new iPhone every year?

    Quote Originally Posted by iMore Question View Post
    My 2 year (iPhone 5S) contract with Verizon ends in November this year. I will stay with Verizon cell service but I want to get a new iPhone every year instead of every 2 years. Better deal thru Apple or Verizon? Thanks!
    They are pretty much the same price, no matter who you go through. It just depends on what you want. Nobody does contract anymore so your bill will go up a little.

Similar Threads

  1. Can I get this background
    By Khizer Hayat2 in forum General Apple News & Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-18-2016, 02:58 AM
  2. Why cant I hold my apps down to get them to move or delete?
    By iMore Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-15-2016, 06:39 PM
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-15-2016, 03:35 PM
  4. I attempt to FaceTime from my laptop.
    By iMore Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-15-2016, 01:03 PM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-15-2016, 12:13 PM

Posting Permissions