1. thatgirl87's Avatar
    I normally wait until my contract is ready to be renewed, or use a family member's eligible upgrade. With the 5S, however, I bought mine outright. I saved up money over the summer when my phone got stolen and bought it on launch day.

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    04-03-2014 08:21 PM
  2. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    I always buy outright. I can't remember the last time I bought a subsidized phone.

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    04-03-2014 09:43 PM
  3. hooplvr's Avatar
    So does buying outright make a difference in what you pay a month on your service plan?

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    04-04-2014 03:33 PM
  4. joemd60's Avatar
    I've never once had a contract. I go through way too many phones for this to benefit me at all. I have financed one phone, I regret this decision and won't do it again. I don't like having higher bills due to paying off a phone. If I really want it, I'll sell what I have and put money saved to cover the difference.

    Though I'll likely not be buying another android that costs $800 again. Unlike the iPhone, these depreciate in mere minutes.

    Sent from the colored one using Tapatalk
    Agreed, that's what I did when I bought my 5C in October.
    I have since paid it off, but regret dropping that kind of money on a phone.
    04-04-2014 04:07 PM
  5. boomhower1820's Avatar
    Contract for me, over $800 for a phone is to much to swallow for me. (I buy the 32GB models)
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    04-04-2014 04:44 PM
  6. thatgirl87's Avatar
    Contract for me, over $800 for a phone is to much to swallow for me. (I buy the 32GB models)
    I agree. Over $800 a year for a new phone is ridiculous. I prefer the highest gigabyte models, though.

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    04-04-2014 05:04 PM
  7. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    I always used to do contract, but I bought my iPhone 5 outright, I'm debating whether or not to renew my contract or continue to purchase my phones outright.

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    04-04-2014 07:10 PM
  8. Les74's Avatar
    I do upgrades only because I don't usually have $800 laying around to drop on a phone.

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    04-04-2014 10:01 PM
  9. SprSynJn's Avatar
    I usually wait for the renewal period, but I have bought a phone early and paid the fee. That was when I had an Android phone and couldn't stand using any longer. 😜
    04-04-2014 10:36 PM
  10. DanielSwanborough's Avatar
    I always buy outright, I think it is more cost effective

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    04-05-2014 05:26 AM
  11. CJoel's Avatar
    I'm debating whether I should start buying outright the phones myself. Most likely I will since I do not want to be tied to another 2 year contract and have to pay ETF.
    04-15-2014 12:46 AM
  12. jarofclay73's Avatar
    I can't see upgrading faster than two years. I buy a decent amount of cases and accessories they better last at least two years. I feel comfortable on the non-S years. I used to think that the S years were mostly incremental. But, the 5s changed all of that with Touch ID and the 64-bit A7.
    04-15-2014 01:58 AM
  13. Almeuit's Avatar
    I buy all my phones outright.. I like knowing I have no strings attached :P.

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    04-15-2014 10:33 AM
  14. rellyrellz's Avatar
    Both. Recently either outright or eBay. This October will be the first time I fully completed a two year contract. Not with the same phone though lol. I will most likely purchase the iPhone 6 with a new two year contract to save money.
    04-17-2014 07:22 PM
  15. ame's Avatar
    I've done both. I will not do that "next" nonsense. Either the 2 year upgrade or full price and sell my current. My husband needs a new phone whether he wants it or not. So this year I'm sure I'll be outright.
    04-17-2014 10:09 PM
  16. theKHMERboy's Avatar
    I usually do early upgrade and go on contract with my service provider.. I can't afford to buy out a phone specially iPhone

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    04-22-2014 05:58 PM
  17. tigerinexile's Avatar
    I buy them outright, but I haven't sold them. The last two I got rid of went to family members.

    I keep the latest for home use, and the next-latest for a travel phone.

    I may sit out the 6, as I have two LTE iPhones and therefore no ultra pressing reason to upgrade, and buy the 6s. Unless Apple wows us in the fall. (Bigger screen isn't a wow, although it's time for it to happen.)
    04-23-2014 08:24 AM
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