1. hooplvr's Avatar
    Thinking about purchasing my next iPhone off contract and paying full price for the phone. I know this will give me the freedom of not being on a contract, but other than that is anyone aware of other advantages, or disadvantages, to purchasing the phone outright upfront?

    Thx!

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    Last edited by hooplvr; 08-11-2014 at 03:28 AM.
    08-11-2014 03:01 AM
  2. Beyond Fire's Avatar
    Only negative I see would be paying more out of pocket for no contract. However if you're like me, selling your old phone can cover a good 60-70% of the cost of a new phone. After selling your old phone, your out of pocket cost will probably be close to the subsidized price of the phone you get on contract. So really I think buying the phone outright is better.
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    08-11-2014 03:59 AM
  3. kataran's Avatar
    Most carriers are starting to lean towards eliminating subsidized phones. Sprint is next
    08-11-2014 07:46 AM
  4. jleis985's Avatar
    If you have AT&T and are on a Family Shared Data plan then you wouldn't get your bill increased $25 per line. The fine print for AT&T's shared data is sneaky, they give you a great deal on the plan and then if you use a 2 year upgrade to get a discounted price on a new phone, they raise each line $25 more...it happened to me.

    That'd be a big benefit of buying off-contract in my mind.
    08-30-2014 05:13 PM
  5. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    The benefit with AT&T is that you have a smaller bill. I like paying for my devices outright because I don't like having a contract. I would love to have unlocked phones so I can go to other gsm carriers if I want.


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    08-31-2014 09:28 AM
  6. nikkisharif's Avatar
    The benefit with AT&T is that you have a smaller bill. I like paying for my devices outright because I don't like having a contract. I would love to have unlocked phones so I can go to other gsm carriers if I want.


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    Same with Verizon. I always buy off contract & as much as I use my phone it pays for itself.
    09-02-2014 08:23 PM
  7. xderiwx's Avatar
    If you have AT&T and are on a Family Shared Data plan then you wouldn't get your bill increased $25 per line. The fine print for AT&T's shared data is sneaky, they give you a great deal on the plan and then if you use a 2 year upgrade to get a discounted price on a new phone, they raise each line $25 more...it happened to me.

    That'd be a big benefit of buying off-contract in my mind.
    Wow, I've never heard this before. That definitely is sneaky. So if one line uses an upgrade then all lines get increased? For how long?

    I'm actually on a VZW family plan, I wonder if it's the same? Definitely need to look into this now.

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    09-03-2014 12:00 PM

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