What are the Advantages of a No-Contract iPhone 5?

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    The answers probably will vary by country, but in the U.S., where I live, I'm not sure what the advantage is.

    Suppose that I pay $649 for an unsubsidized iPhone 5 16 GB. To recoup the $450, I'd need to find a plan that's at least $18.75/month less expensive than what I could get going the traditional subsidy-and-contract route. The forthcoming T-Mobile iPhone plan, for example, will save $20/month, so the savings over two years works out to $30. That's not a huge savings.

    So unless I can save a lot more than $30 over two years, what's all the fuss about?
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    You need to fork out more cash at one go.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    Higher resale value. That's about all I can think of.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    When Sprint PCS launched, it tried to break the mold by eschewing subsidies. That lasted about 5 minutes, about as long as its GSM network.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Straight talk is $45 a month and ATT is close to $100 for an individual line. Of course you don't get LTE but the savings is huge
     
  6. macrumors 68040

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    The fact that you are not stuck in a two year contract is an advantage to some. They can switch carriers as they see fit.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    This is why I switched from AT&T 6 months ago. I started out on a 4 and pick up a 5 a couple weeks ago. I am a happy camper. If T-Mobile gets there network together I may switch to them. These are the 2 factors that I value, a lower monthly bill and the freedom to change carriers when I want.
     
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    $30 tmobile postpaid plan with unlimited data 3G in my area!
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Shelling out $650 for an iPhone 5 and then signing up for 3G rather than LTE seems odd, like buying Apple TV and then signing up for 1.5 Mbps DSL because it's cheap.
     
  10. macrumors 601

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    I got WIFI at home, WIFI at work, I really only need to use my cellular data so *occasionally* hell even edge <gasp!> may suffice 4rme. I can't buy a dumb phone because they don't do data at all, and the "other" smart phones, well, don't work as good, smooth, seamless like the iPhone so that's what I got, but hell why pay the carrier if I don't have to?

    Camp1: Heavy cellular data user - indeed it does you no good to pay full price.

    Camp2: We know what we do, we know how much we want to pay as the total (2 yrs) cost of ownership.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    Once T-Mobile gets one it will no longer make sense to buy one out of contract.

    The only time it is a good idea is if you plan on using T-Mobile prepaid or an MVNO like Straight Talk or Simple Mobile. You won't have LTE either since the Big 4 will not allow prepaid or MVNOs to use their LTE networks.
     
  12. macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    This girl nailed it! Why bother if you're only going to have 3G?
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    An iPod Touch might be the way to go if you live in a city where there's enough hotspots that you could skip cellular altogether. LTE modems cost at least $125 in the volumes that Apple buys. Add in the markup, and that's a lot of extra money for something used only sparingly and then only on 3G or EDGE.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    2 years on atnt contract = 2.5k + 200 phone
    2 years on straight talk unlimited 45$ = 1.08k + 670$ phone

    pretty legit savings if you ask me
     
  15. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't need LTE.
     
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    Okay then regard this.
    I pay $23 a month on Rogers on an iPhone 5. This includes pay-for-use data (LTE) which is used maybe 1-2x a month at $1 per day usage. HUGE. Savings.
     
  17. macrumors 601

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    Roger that. But even occasional I do need it from time to time and I've been looking forward to merge my iPod and phone into 1 device for a long time.
     
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    duneriderltr450

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    Or if you live in an area where AT&T won't update to LTE for another 135 years. ;)
     
  19. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    A couple of years ago, Sprint sold a ZTE modem sled for the iPod Touch that basically turned it into an iPhone sans circuit-switched voice. I considered it.
     

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