1. iOSX's Avatar
    It wouldn't be for myself but for a younger relative. We have T-Mobile, so there isn't a 'free' subsidized option; in fact, T-Mobile doesn't sell the 4S anymore. Would it be worth it to buy a new unlocked 16GB 4S for $250?
    Last edited by iOSX; 08-25-2015 at 10:06 PM.
    07-06-2014 01:19 PM
  2. Flow39's Avatar
    I think for $250 you can't go wrong. The 4S isn't the latest and greatest, but for a 12-year old it shouldn't matter.
    However, if you want a phone that will remain up to date for the next couple years, I would suggest an iPhone 5.
    07-06-2014 02:37 PM
  3. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    The 4s will get iOS 8. But that will most likely be the last system update for the 4s. So it should be good to go for a couple more years. I mean, there's still some using the 3GS. So...


    Sent from from my iPhone 5
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    07-06-2014 03:15 PM
  4. ajl's Avatar
    You could get an iPhone 5 for around that price range.. No reason not to fork out another 20-30 bucks.
    07-07-2014 02:14 AM
  5. Speedygi's Avatar
    You could get better phones for 250 dollars these days, no reason to get a 4s this late in its lifecycle.
    07-07-2014 05:01 AM
  6. pr1nce's Avatar
    The 4s is a great device. It will get iOS 8, probably without all the features. I would check and see what you can buy an iPhone 5 for too.
    07-07-2014 12:03 PM
  7. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I just checked their website, Walmart has the iPhone 5s for $99 and 5c for $29 (not sure about GB) with two year contract on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular....In store only.
    07-07-2014 03:11 PM
  8. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    There must be a few who still prefer that 3.5" screen. Why else would one buy a 4s, when they can get a 5c or 5s for not much more?


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    07-07-2014 03:43 PM
  9. hongquan's Avatar
    How do you do I am a international friends from China to America's BBS I didn't know what all rely on intelligent translation can you email me let me know about the United States apple mobile phone? thank you
    Last edited by taz323; 07-08-2014 at 01:58 AM. Reason: removed Email addressl address
    07-08-2014 12:52 AM
  10. hongquan's Avatar
    A: hello! I am a Chinese fans love apple mobile phones In order to learn more about the apple phone I can E-mail to communicate with you. Mainly depend on translation English is poor so I want to and you know, faster that way
    Last edited by taz323; 07-08-2014 at 01:58 AM. Reason: removed Email addressl address
    07-08-2014 12:58 AM
  11. Tilman Mueller's Avatar
    I just checked their website, Walmart has the iPhone 5s for $99 and 5c for $29 (not sure about GB) with two year contract on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular....In store only.
    But like Sebastian said, they are on T-Mobile. So no need for another contract (especially not a 12yo but that just my opinion).
    If I were you --> Buy the 4S. It's still a great phone but keep in mind that the "new / unlocked" ones are usually limited to 8GB. If your brother plans to install a lot of Apps he'll regret it. In that case you might want to buy a used / unlocked 16GB or go for the iPhone 5.

    Kind regards,
    07-08-2014 05:12 AM
  12. Spencerdl's Avatar
    But like Sebastian said, they are on T-Mobile. So no need for another contract (especially not a 12yo but that just my opinion).
    If I were you --> Buy the 4S. It's still a great phone but keep in mind that the "new / unlocked" ones are usually limited to 8GB. If your brother plans to install a lot of Apps he'll regret it. In that case you might want to buy a used / unlocked 16GB or go for the iPhone 5.

    Kind regards,
    Yes I know. I'm just trying to provide different options for the OP and his brother on their quest to get an iPhone.
    07-08-2014 05:25 AM
  13. Tilman Mueller's Avatar
    Yes I know. I'm just trying to provide different options for the OP and his brother on their quest to get an iPhone.
    That's totally fine, I wasn't arguing with that Walmart Option at all, it just occurred to me that this might not be the best way for someone, that is already on a Contract. But you're right - perhaps my assumption was wrong in the first place and they are on Prepaid or so, there's no other information given anyway. So a new contract might work out after all. If they live in the US of course.
    07-08-2014 05:37 AM
  14. OBF's Avatar
    Sure why not? It's still better than most Androids out there.
    07-08-2014 01:02 PM
  15. iOSX's Avatar
    That's totally fine, I wasn't arguing with that Walmart Option at all, it just occurred to me that this might not be the best way for someone, that is already on a Contract. But you're right - perhaps my assumption was wrong in the first place and they are on Prepaid or so, there's no other information given anyway. So a new contract might work out after all. If they live in the US of course.
    I have postpaid but T-Mobile doesn't subsidize phones, instead you have to pay the entire cost in monthly installments ($27/mo for 5S, $23/mo for 5C).

    And switching to Verizon or AT&T would end up costing more in the long run than the $250 iPhone, so that's not something I'm considering.

    If I were you --> Buy the 4S. It's still a great phone but keep in mind that the "new / unlocked" ones are usually limited to 8GB. If your brother plans to install a lot of Apps he'll regret it. In that case you might want to buy a used / unlocked 16GB or go for the iPhone 5.

    Kind regards,
    16GB it is.
    Last edited by iOSX; 08-25-2015 at 10:09 PM.
    07-11-2014 10:24 AM
  16. abidan2000's Avatar
    I just bought a verizon 16gb iphone 4s off ebay from a company called gazelle-store for $154.19 Verizon iPhones 4/4s with clean ESN can be used on tracfone at about $103/year. I do minimal calling and mostly use mine on my own wifi, And as long as I can get on with wifi, I can free call with free calling apps. (no bidding, Buy it now!)
    Last edited by abidan2000; 07-16-2014 at 08:35 PM. Reason: added pertinent info I had forgotten.
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    07-16-2014 08:33 PM

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