Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPhone

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jun 27, 2013, 07:47 PM   #1
waa1futs
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
What would you rather do: iPhone 5 right now for $99 or wait and pay $236 for the 5S?

Which option would you prefer?

- Upgrade to an iPhone 5 right now for $99 (no upgrade fee)

or

- Wait 3 months to pay $236 for the 5s (199 + 36 upgrade fee)

Please explain why you chose the option you did
waa1futs is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 07:48 PM   #2
JoshGlzBrk
macrumors 6502a
 
JoshGlzBrk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
You can always get the 5 now for $99, and sell it for $500+ later.
__________________
iPhone 5 16GB White (Verizon unlimited LTE) | 2012 15" rMBP 2.3GHz, 16GB, 256GB | iPad 3 | iPhone 4S | 2011 13" MBA | iPad 3 | iPhone 4 | iPhone 3GS | 2012 15" MBP (Sold 4/24/2012)
JoshGlzBrk is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 07:56 PM   #3
Mrbobb
macrumors 601
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Neither. I love my 4s and will hang on to it until it falls apart.
Mrbobb is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 07:59 PM   #4
HankHowdy
macrumors 68000
 
HankHowdy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Victorville CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mrbobb View Post
Neither. I love my 4s and will hang on to it until it falls apart.
This. Lol.
__________________
"It just works."
HankHowdy is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 08:02 PM   #5
paulbennett95
macrumors 6502a
 
paulbennett95's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Long Island, NY
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mrbobb View Post
Neither. I love my 4s and will hang on to it until it falls apart.
Agreed
paulbennett95 is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 08:06 PM   #6
dave420
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
I am planning on waiting for the new model. I would like to get it at launch time, but if I don't get it then the Black Friday deals could get me if they are similar to last year.
Regarding the activation fee I have had decent luck getting those waived in the past, but I have heard that has gotten harder. With a handful of lines out of contract the cancellation department will often offer a waived activation fee to keep a customer.

The 4S is holding up very well for me so far.
dave420 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 08:06 PM   #7
waa1futs
Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mrbobb View Post
Neither. I love my 4s and will hang on to it until it falls apart.
Quote:
Originally Posted by HankHowdy View Post
This. Lol.
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulbennett95 View Post
Agreed


C'mon guys, lets say you HAD to chose between those two options (5 now for $99 or wait 3 months to pay $236 for the 5s). What would it be?
waa1futs is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 08:14 PM   #8
Menel
macrumors 601
 
Menel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Atlanta
Quote:
Originally Posted by waa1futs View Post


C'mon guys, lets say you HAD to chose between those two options (5 now for $99 or wait 3 months to pay $236 for the 5s). What would it be?
Now.

What more can 5S bring?

Any CPU boost unnecessary.
Any LTE boost unnecessary.
Display not changing.

Camera might get a big boost for low light.
Maybe they push a big battery boost? Unlikely.
Fingerprint security rumor.

How much do you put in those last 3? Me, not much
__________________
iPhone 5 \ iPad Air \ Mac mini i5/Radeon
Menel is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 08:50 PM   #9
ogremoustro
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Im on the same boat. I don't know whether I should get the 5 now or wait and get the new iPhone when it comes out. My 4S is a bit beat up, Sleep button barely works and the speakers sometimes don't work.
__________________
 2011 MacBook Pro 15" with dead dGPU
iPhone 4S 16GB
iPhone 5S 32GB
ogremoustro is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 09:01 PM   #10
fedecape
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Miami, FL
If you feel uncomfortable with your current phone, go for the iP5. As somebody said, you can always sell it later. If you're fine wait and get a new device.
fedecape is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 09:08 PM   #11
chanman
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Arkansas, United States
wait, then if you dont "like" iphone 5s, get the iphone 5 or speculated low cost iphone even cheaper
chanman is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 09:23 PM   #12
maxosx
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Southern California
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mrbobb View Post
Neither. I love my 4s and will hang on to it until it falls apart.
Very smart decision. I've had every new iPhone including the iP5 I'm currently using. The 4s is far and away the best iPhone overall.

With IOS 7 a new addition to the 5S, it's the perfect time to stick with what we have. There's going to be loads of problems and annoyances to let others suffer with.

Besides the iPhone 6 is sure to be introduced with much fanfare from Apple. That's most likely going to be the iPhone to have.
maxosx is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 27, 2013, 11:30 PM   #13
waa1futs
Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by ogremoustro View Post
Im on the same boat. I don't know whether I should get the 5 now or wait and get the new iPhone when it comes out. My 4S is a bit beat up, Sleep button barely works and the speakers sometimes don't work.
Glad I'm not the only one wrestling with this decision

It's a really damn tough one to make. I keep going back and fourth, back and fourth over the last few days. Do I want the 5 for $136 cheaper? Or should I wait the extra time and pay the extra money for the 5s?

Any more thoughts on the matter?
waa1futs is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 12:27 AM   #14
RichardC300
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Quote:
Originally Posted by Menel View Post
Now.

What more can 5S bring?

Any CPU boost unnecessary.
Any LTE boost unnecessary.
Display not changing.

Camera might get a big boost for low light.
Maybe they push a big battery boost? Unlikely.
Fingerprint security rumor.

How much do you put in those last 3? Me, not much
This says it all.

How much of a boost do you think the 5S will get? Probably not enough to suffer through the phone you currently have. I don't even understand why people say the 4S is better than the 5. The 5 is AMAZING. So much thinner and lighter and faster and just plain better.
RichardC300 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 12:28 AM   #15
Dominicanyor
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mrbobb View Post
Neither. I love my 4s and will hang on to it until it falls apart.
I love my 4s as well.
Dominicanyor is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 12:49 AM   #16
ogremoustro
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by RichardC300 View Post
This says it all.

How much of a boost do you think the 5S will get? Probably not enough to suffer through the phone you currently have. I don't even understand why people say the 4S is better than the 5. The 5 is AMAZING. So much thinner and lighter and faster and just plain better.
Yeah, you're right. I've decided I'll get the 5 now.
__________________
 2011 MacBook Pro 15" with dead dGPU
iPhone 4S 16GB
iPhone 5S 32GB
ogremoustro is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 12:52 AM   #17
vistadude
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
I think i'll wait for the 5s or 6, but I won't get it until at least 2 months after release. I'm not waiting in some line in the morning.
vistadude is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 12:53 AM   #18
sarcosis
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Went through the same thing. If you can get it for $99, you would be getting the fall price early. The 5 is a great phone and love mine.
__________________
Mac Mini i5 10GB 128 Samsung 840 Pro| Droid Ultra 16GB | Twitter: @Sarcosis
sarcosis is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 01:11 AM   #19
sam2428
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
4S owner here and I contemplated the same thing. At the end of the day I'd rather wait and see what the 5S has to offer when it is officially announced and then make a decision.

You don't want to pull the trigger now and regret it later... The $99 dollar deal will still be there.
sam2428 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 02:06 AM   #20
1080p
In Time-Out
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Planet Earth
Option C:
Sold iPhone 5 and bought Galaxy S4 Active
1080p is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 02:17 AM   #21
ogremoustro
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1080p View Post
Option C:
Sold iPhone 5 and bought Galaxy S4 Active
How's that phone?
__________________
 2011 MacBook Pro 15" with dead dGPU
iPhone 4S 16GB
iPhone 5S 32GB
ogremoustro is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 02:42 AM   #22
1080p
In Time-Out
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Planet Earth
Quote:
Originally Posted by ogremoustro View Post
How's that phone?
So far so good. Seems like using a regular S4, but a little more weight/heft and grip to it (a good thing). Camera seems to take pictures that are just as nice... just with less pixels (13MP vs. the Active's 8MP). The LCD screen is a helluva lot better in sunlight than the regular GS4's AMOLED.

I know the phone is water poof, but I am not going to go dunking it like some people because if the charge door isn't properly closed or the batter cover properly attached, water can get inside and the warranty can still be voided. I will just utilize the "water proof-ness" and "dust proof-ness" once our Arizona monsoon rain/dust storms get going for the summer. Also useful when I take my getaways to western Washington state too.
1080p is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 03:39 AM   #23
AndrewR23
macrumors 68020
 
AndrewR23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
You also need to remember to add taxes to those prices.
AndrewR23 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 03:58 AM   #24
ritmomundo
macrumors 68000
 
ritmomundo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bel Air, CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by waa1futs View Post
Which option would you prefer?

- Upgrade to an iPhone 5 right now for $99 (no upgrade fee)

or

- Wait 3 months to pay $236 for the 5s (199 + 36 upgrade fee)

Please explain why you chose the option you did
The fact that you're asking strangers means its not a need, but a want. People who want now will want later. So I say wait for the 5S. Getting the 5 today will make you happy for a couple months, but miserable once the 5S is announced.

Problem solved. Next!
ritmomundo is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 2013, 04:48 AM   #25
Menel
macrumors 601
 
Menel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Atlanta
What would you rather do: iPhone 5 right now for $99 or wait and pay $236 for...

Quote:
Originally Posted by ogremoustro View Post
Im on the same boat. I don't know whether I should get the 5 now or wait and get the new iPhone when it comes out. My 4S is a bit beat up, Sleep button barely works and the speakers sometimes don't work.

Quote:
Originally Posted by waa1futs View Post
Glad I'm not the only one wrestling with this decision

It's a really damn tough one to make. I keep going back and fourth, back and fourth over the last few days. Do I want the 5 for $136 cheaper? Or should I wait the extra time and pay the extra money for the 5s?

Any more thoughts on the matter?
I have 5. Girlfriend and others have 4S.

Trust me, theres not much difference,

9mbps HSPA+ to 50mbps LTE sounds big, but when using it? Maps, webpages, meh.
camera is about the same
Same pixel density
Both dual core, and 4S doesn't struggle with any apps... So.... Meh

My 5 looks great on paper. And it was a great upgrade from a 4: but compared to daily use on a 4S... Meh.
__________________
iPhone 5 \ iPad Air \ Mac mini i5/Radeon
Menel is offline   2 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPhone

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Credit Score Question--to pay or not to pay? Frisco Community Discussion 11 Sep 24, 2013 02:08 PM
How much will I pay for a new iPhone 4s? DataEast iPhone 3 Dec 20, 2012 10:10 AM
Price Advice: Used iPhone 4. How much would you pay? STiNG Operation Buying Tips and Advice 2 Oct 20, 2012 04:21 PM
Price Advice: What should i pay for a used iphone 4s? XxpikachuxX Buying Tips and Advice 15 Sep 22, 2012 10:34 AM
...or I can wait and pay $99 kannesss iPhone 8 Sep 20, 2012 02:14 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:05 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC