1 day old iPhone 4s on a 2 year contract - what would you do?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pw2989, May 30, 2012.

  1. pw2989 macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2012
    Just looking for opinions on what to do please?

    Last year I've been looking at these forums, anticipating an iPhone 5 release. When the iPhone 4s came out, I decided to give it a miss, to stick with my SGS2 and to wait it out for the iPhone 5.

    I broke my SGS2 at the weekend and took the plunge to order an iPhone 4s, which I've been using since yesterday.

    I am really enjoying using the phone, however upon looking at the forums today, there's an ever-growing chance there may be a Summer release for the iPhone 5.

    My carrier has a 7 working day cooling off period, whereby I can return the phone and cancel the contract. I have an (awful) old Nokia that I could use in the mean time.

    If you was in my shoes, would you return this iPhone 4s and wait for the iPhone 5?
  2. robertpetry macrumors 6502


    Feb 12, 2009
    Indianapolis, IN
    I would buy a used iPhone 4 or 4s and turn around and sell it when the 5 comes out. You will take a hit in resale but not by too much. Save your contract price for a new 5.
  3. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    I think it's unlikely that Apple would switch back to a summer iPhone release schedule.

    That being said, I would still cancel the contract and wait until the sixth generation iPhone is released. If you absolutely need a smartphone in the interim, I would just go the prepaid route with Boost, Virgin, or a similar provider.
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Or, similarly, keep this 4S and sell it when the new phone comes out. Then buy the new phone off-contract.

    Both are good options and I don't know that either plan will be extremely cheaper than the other. Luck will play into it either way so it's hard to compare.
  5. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    ^ This. Using your contract subsidy now or for the next iPhone won't be significantly different as you're paying a non subsidized price for the other handset. Plus, you'll probably be able to sell the 4s for at least as much as you paid for it. I just sold a 2 yr old iPhone 4 for what I paid for it, will probably do the same when the new iPhone comes out this fall.
  6. pw2989 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2012
    Thanks for all your advice!

    My brother works in I.T and has managed to get me an HTC One X to use for one month, via his work, so I'm going to send this 4s back, use the HTC, and hopefully in one months time we'll have more idea as the when the next iPhone may be released.

    Unsure what I will do if in a month's time there's no sign of a new iPhone and it looks like an October release, as I'll have to give the HTC back then, but at least I'll be one month closer to it!
  7. swiftbmx macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2009
    You should come back in a month and report your opinions of the HTC One X. MacRumors always has a healthy, civil, and pretty balanced dialogue about the difference in phones and OSes. Everyone in these conversations respects each other's opinion and people rarely choose a side and stick blindly to it. So please, report back so you can start this discourse. kthx
  8. isoft7 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2011

  9. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    This is excellent advice, I agree with this approach.

    In my case I generally give my phones to another family member, when I upgrade each year.

    It's a good way to go and insures that we are all using iPhones.
  10. Troneas macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    i had a similar situation except with the iPhone 4 which got stolen.

    i replaced it with the 4S when i was saving for the next phone.

    I'm really happy with the 4S and to be honest, unless the new phone brings some incredible new feature such as making your homework for you or prints money on its own, i won't be replacing it.

    the 4S is a great phone with an amazing processor, camera and design and I'll be just happy to update to iOS 6 when it comes out and make the most of it for a year or two. the rest is all hype.
  11. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    I agree to save the upgrade price for the new iPhone. Pick up a used 4S.
  12. saintforlife, May 30, 2012
    Last edited: May 30, 2012

    saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    Once you get used to the One X, I am not sure you will come back to the iPhone. That gorgeous 4.7" screen will suck you in and you will not be able to let it go. It will be very hard to switch back to a smaller screen device. Think about what you are doing.
  13. quietstormSD macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I would say just keep the phone. But if it's that important to you to have the latest, and already have experience with the android eco-system. An android phone should do. I just don't think it's a good idea to chase a phantom handset that's 4-5 months away. I think the iPhone 4S is a great phone with great specs and an outstanding antenna (Apple finally got the antenna thing right). Be happy you have, enjoy it. And if a new phone comes out, you'll have the option of selling it and buying the new one off contract.
  14. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    You must have just been joking about the statement above. You were joking were you not ? :D

    Ya, these are really Civil posts on below links.....



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