Which is better and cheaper?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Elvir180, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2013
    So I've finally decided to get an iPhone 4. Now the decision of which one to buy! So which is better iPhone 4 for Virgin Mobile which can be purchased for $350 on their website or buy an iPhone 4 Sprint/Verizon and flash/unlock it to Virgin Mobile? Which is cheaper and more efficient? Because I heard that if you flashed an IPhone 4 to MetroPCS then the MMS or data would not work properly. Would flashing an iPhone 4 to Virgin Mobile give you all the features? Or is it best to pay $350 to buy the iPhone 4 off the Virgin Mobile website?

    Elvir Smajlovic
    iPod user to upgrade to iPhone 4
  2. macrumors 68040

    Jul 2, 2012
  3. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    If you plan on using it on VM get one that's for them so all the features will work.
    You don't want to spend money on a crippled iPhone that most features won't work with your carrier.
  4. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2013
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    $350 is a lot for iPhone that is only 8 GB. That is 2 models old. You could get an unlocked GSM or even an AT&T with more storage on eBay, slightly cheaper and can use on better network like AT&T or even Straight Talk prepaid. You might even get a 4S for that price.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2008
    Agreed, I sold my old iPhone 4 32GB for 250 and it was mint.
  8. TacticalDesire, Jan 11, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2013

    macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    The iPhone 4 isn't worth paying $350 for. Even off contract. You're getting 512mb of RAM, an 800MHz Single Core CPU, and 8gb of storage. With the rate of how things are going, that's a bad investment. If it were free, I'd be less hesitant to recommend it but I'd still be wary. Look on ebay for a used unlocked 4s if you must have an iPhone.

    I hate to recommend this on the iPhone forum, but if you want a cheap, unlocked, new phone. I'd take a look at the Galaxy S3 Mini.

    1gb RAM
    1Ghz Dual Core
    8-16gb of Storage with SD card expansion.
    Bluetooth 4.0
    Dual Band Wifi.

    We can argue which OS is better (both have their strengths and weaknesses) until the end of mankind, but if you want solid bang for your buck in a cheap, unlocked phone in a small package, the S3 Mini makes a compelling option.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Mar 27, 2009
    At least get an iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4 is heavily crippled because of its 2-and-a-half-year-old hardware.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2012
    I won a 32gb iPhone 4S for $270.00 and its got 6 months of warranty left...

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