1. Bradley Spence's Avatar
    Hey guys,

    I'm just curious to what most of you do. Do you buy your phone from Apple unlocked outright or do you wait until your contract is up for renewal and upgrade? Or pay early upgrade fees?

    I find the best way to do it is buy it unlocked from Apple then every time the new iPhone comes out I list mine on eBay and offer (almost) worldwide shipping and find that I usually sell it for around $200 less then I paid for it. Then I line up at the Apple Store on the release date and buy 2 new iPhones, sell one on eBay (for $200 more than it's worth usually), and between selling the new one and the old one I sold on eBay, it usually pays for my new iPhone. It's like I get a free iPhone every time a new one is released. Anyone else do this?

    This seems like the best way to upgrade year after year without being stuck in a big contract. It also gives you power to negotiate a better plan with the retention department with your phone carrier
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    03-31-2014 11:01 AM
  2. pr1nce's Avatar
    I buy my phones every two years on contract renewal
    TurboTiger and phonejunky like this.
    03-31-2014 11:24 AM
  3. TurboTiger's Avatar
    I buy my phones every two years on contract renewal
    I did the same.
    Good Luck
    03-31-2014 11:27 AM
  4. Septembersrain'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.


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    03-31-2014 05:23 PM
  5. zerog46's Avatar
    I buy yearly.
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    03-31-2014 05:46 PM
  6. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    It depends on my needs at the time...
    03-31-2014 05:47 PM
  7. anon4757448's Avatar
    I upgrade on contract renewal but next time around I'll probably buy unlocked. It's funny because I used to buy phones every 6 months but when I got an iPhone I thought there was no need to upgrade.


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    03-31-2014 06:32 PM
  8. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Almost always buy outright, simply because they tend to hold better value when I get ready to sell it to buy the newest variant. I have, however, used my upgrades a few times just because I've been with AT&T so long and have no real plans to switch. Over the last couple of years, I've given my upgrades to my sisters or brothers since they benefit more from the cheaper cost.
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    03-31-2014 07:11 PM
  9. iEd's Avatar
    I haven't bought a phone outright since the original iPhone. My last 3 phones I upgraded early. The first 2 BB to HTC EVO 3-D wasn't satisfied with. Next a 4S to 5S because really wanted the 5S. I plan on keeping the 5S until Sept 2015 to get a potential 6S.
    03-31-2014 07:34 PM
  10. taz323's Avatar
    Depends if I think the upgrade is worth it, I will pay full price. so far they all been worth it.
    03-31-2014 07:46 PM
  11. Megan Blok's Avatar
    I upgrade on renewal every 2 years. If I had the $$ I would upgrade yearly.


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    03-31-2014 08:43 PM
  12. ajl's Avatar
    I use my caniving speech to get myself an upgrade. The last time I waited 2 years for an upgrade was when getting my iPhone 4. After that, I've gotten early upgrades free of charge from AT&T. First the 4S, then the 5, then the Galaxy S4, then the Note 3 and finally the 5s, all for $200. As of now, I'm technically eligible in August of this year


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    04-01-2014 12:08 AM
  13. GusHerb94's Avatar
    My last two phones have been purchased outright and secondhand. I'll be buying on contract for the iPhone 6 this fall if I don't decide to switch to att, otherwise I may buy unlocked.
    04-01-2014 02:46 AM
  14. Haalcyon's Avatar
    All 4 of my iGadgets are bought on AT&T's NEXT


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    04-01-2014 06:53 AM
  15. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    I buy outright. My next purchase, the iPhone 6 will be bought outright now my contract with Vodafone is in the free cancel period and I can move to a cheaper 30 day rolling contract with another carrier for a third of what I'm currently paying.
    04-01-2014 05:33 PM
  16. nikkisharif's Avatar
    I buy a new device ever year, so every other year I use an upgrade. The iPhones with Verizon are unlocked, so using my upgrade isn't a big deal because I can still use a different sim when I'm out of the country.

    I also never sell my phones in order to pay for new ones. I'll either use it on my second line, keep it as a back up or end up passing it down to someone.
    04-01-2014 09:22 PM
  17. Premium1's Avatar
    I buy them outright. I am on verizon and have unlimited data. I usually use Best Buys Credit card so I get 18 month no interest so that I make payments spread out over a couple months. Usually sell my old iPhone as well and what I end up paying is like if I were to renew with a contract anyway.
    04-01-2014 09:33 PM
  18. t3ddie's Avatar
    Go to the Apple store and just get one, I know ridiculous!!
    04-02-2014 03:53 AM
  19. Speedygi's Avatar
    I usually just buy the phones outright, I don't buy many of them anyways and not much of my money goes to non-phones.
    04-02-2014 04:10 AM
  20. toneofark's Avatar
    I bought my last one on contract. However, I plan on buying the 6 (or whatever it's called) outright.
    04-02-2014 06:39 PM
  21. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Contract! My wife just upgraded from a puny LG Enlighten to a 32 gb iPhone 5c. She got it free with Verizon's 2 yr contract. It's hard to beat free!


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    04-02-2014 07:09 PM
  22. AvalancheRyder's Avatar
    My question is, are people really buying iPhones on eBay on launch day for $800+? Does that take into account sales tax on the phones from the Apple Store, shipping fees, eBay & PayPal fees?

    I'm in New Jersey, USA and sales tax is 7%. So add that to eBay & PayPal fees of 12% combined, and you're losing almost 20% on every device before you factor in shipping. I tried that scheme before and realized I wasn't really saving as much as I thought.

    Figure, if you buy a new iPhone for $599.99 + 7% tax, your total is $641.99. Then you sell it for $800, eBay takes $72 (9%), PayPal takes $24 (3%), and you cover shipping for say $15, then deduct the $641.99 for the iPhone, you wind up with a profit of only $47. Not to mention, on the old iPhone you sell for $400, eBay takes $36, PayPal takes $12, and you cover shipping for $15 again, you wind up only getting $337. Subtract $337 and the $47 profit on the other iPhone from your new iPhone price of $641.99, and your upgrade costs $257.99.

    If I'm missing something, let me know. I'd love a way to make this viable myself.
    04-02-2014 10:51 PM
  23. phonejunky's Avatar
    I use to buy my iPhone outright every year. However after the 4S I began going on craigslist and finding my new renewal. This is cheaper and has never failed me yet.
    04-03-2014 12:36 AM
  24. jsing2010's Avatar
    I used to wait until my upgrade but since switching to the iPhone I buy outright every year almost


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    04-03-2014 07:33 PM
  25. Bradley Spence's Avatar
    My question is, are people really buying iPhones on eBay on launch day for $800+? Does that take into account sales tax on the phones from the Apple Store, shipping fees, eBay & PayPal fees?

    I'm in New Jersey, USA and sales tax is 7%. So add that to eBay & PayPal fees of 12% combined, and you're losing almost 20% on every device before you factor in shipping. I tried that scheme before and realized I wasn't really saving as much as I thought.

    Figure, if you buy a new iPhone for $599.99 + 7% tax, your total is $641.99. Then you sell it for $800, eBay takes $72 (9%), PayPal takes $24 (3%), and you cover shipping for say $15, then deduct the $641.99 for the iPhone, you wind up with a profit of only $47. Not to mention, on the old iPhone you sell for $400, eBay takes $36, PayPal takes $12, and you cover shipping for $15 again, you wind up only getting $337. Subtract $337 and the $47 profit on the other iPhone from your new iPhone price of $641.99, and your upgrade costs $257.99.

    If I'm missing something, let me know. I'd love a way to make this viable myself.
    I've never had to worry about the sales tax thing (maybe cause I'm in Canada?) but it is worth selling on eBay if you are willing to ship it oversees. If you look at closed auctions, the ones that ship worldwide sell for a lot higher.
    04-03-2014 07:41 PM
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