Who gets every version of the iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mgb1120, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Does anybody get every version? Will your contract even allow it? Do you pay full price for example 599, ect?
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    In the US, contracts are usually 2 years. If one gets a phone every year, then every other phone they would likely have to pay the full unsubsidized price.

    I just get a new phone when my 2-year contract is up and they subsidize it.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    I've used every version color and size. Just trade around for it.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I've had every version since the 3G. Bought the 3G on contract. Bought a friends 3Gs for cheap, sold the 3G. Bought the 4 on contract. Bought the 4s off contract and paid full retail. Sold the 4. Sold the 4s and bought the 5 partially subsidized due to a snafu with AT&T (paid $559 or something like that for a 32GB). I could have gotten the full subsidy if I had cancelled my pre-order and tried again with AT&T but I didn't want to lose my pre-order status. So I bit the bullet.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    I buy every version....I have enough lines open to get a few each refresh.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2012
    North Carolina
    I have gotten the 4S and the 5, both on launch day.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    You can use a phantom line upgrade to get an upgrade every 9 months. You can also do an early upgrade, with a $250 subsidy instead of a $450 one.

    I planning to get a new one on launch day every time they release one. I'm ready for the next one.
  8. macrumors demi-god

    Apr 20, 2009
    I get every version. I get full upgrades, early upgrades or just pay full price (iP5). After selling my old ones I feel it is well worth it. :apple:
  9. macrumors 68040


    Dec 16, 2011
    I've only had one iPhone, my current one, the iPhone 4S.

    When I was using iPod touches I did an every other generation cycle (2->4), chances are I'm going to do that with the iPhone.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    The iPhone 5 is my first iPhone. Considering selling it (near) when the iPhone 5S (or 6) is announced so I can just hop onto the next unlocked iPhone bandwagon.
  11. eyespii, Feb 10, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2008
    Bought the 3GS mid-cycle, and then every version after that on release day. It actually turns out to be pretty reasonably priced as long as you sell the old one to offset the cost.

    $200 - 3GS new contract
    -$460 - sold 3GS
    $600 - 4
    -$400 - sold 4
    $200 - 4s new contract
    -$400 - sold 4s
    $600 - 5
    $340 - total cost out of pocket so far, or put another way, $85/year for my iPhone subscription plan.

    And the next one will be on a contract again! Rinse and repeat.
  12. macrumors demi-god

    Apr 20, 2009
    I need a plan like that. :eek:
  13. macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Where it's cold
    I've had every version since the original. I have 4 lines on a family plan so it works out. Plus selling the old phone pretty much pays the subsidized price of the new one. There's no reason for me not to have a new phone every year. I have to have service anyway so I don't worry about being locked into the contract.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2010
    the burrows
    I do, but... I'm married. I use mine, then his, then mine, then his...and we sell the old ones on amazon. I always get the newest. He gets my hand me downs.:D When you sell em, the *actual* cost out of pocket isn't high.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
  16. macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2012
    Winnipeg,Canada/New Delhi India
    Had a 3GS,iP4,then upgraded to 4S and now 5.All unlocked full price.

    My 4 and 4S are with mum and dad respectively now,and I will most probably skip the 5S and go to 6 this time.I have more hopes on iOS7 then 5S.
  17. macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    No, the 4 was my first iPhone and I have a 4S because I switched carriers.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France

    Back on topic ;), I've had every iPhone except the 5. Not sure if I'll end up getting it or not. I want it...but stuff happens.
  19. macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2011
    Every single release. With 10 devices on my plan the wife and I always have the newest toys. We never put any $$$ out of pocket as the new phones go on the bill, and by the time it arrives the old phones are sold for what is needed to cover the cost.
  20. macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    So you were willing to pay almost $300 extra just to be sure you didn't have to wait a week longer for your iPhone 5?

    Wow. Just wow.
  21. macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2011
    I like to stay current and since I have started iPhone I have had each one. Now that is only two, the 4s and now the 5. What allows me to do this is the number of lines that we have and the people that have those lines not wanting to upgrade so it has enabled me to do that for 2 generations. Not sure about the future
  22. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    10 devices?? Wow, your bill must be huge!
  23. macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    I have had 1 of each version of each phone so far. Dont have to pay full price as you can do an early upgrade every year on contract. I tried to do the same for iPads but didnt work out the same. Only owned the 1 and the Mini.
  24. macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    LOL good one, my wife and I "do it" every other year. ;)
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Rockland/Manhattan/Bay Area
    The resell value of iPhones in decent condition still sells enough to offset the cost of an early upgrade, and yes I upgrade every year

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