16g too small?

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  1. Chevelle macrumors regular

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    I'm looking to buy a new iPhone for my wife. Since before we were married she has used Virgin. I have a grandfathered ATT plan that I'm not going to give up so I can't add her to my plan.

    Virgin is very limited with available phones. They currently have the 6s but it's only 16g. She currently uses a 5c and I believe it's only 8g. She loves the phone but I've caught her looking at the new iPhones so I want to surprise her.

    So do I get her the 16g 6s or should I just set her up with her own ATT plan? The problem with that is keeping her old phone number.
     
  2. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    You can port the number to AT&T however if she is getting by fine with 8gb right now 16gb will be fine for her.
     
  3. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    It's hard question to answer without knowing your wife and how she uses here phone. Honestly, for the sake of convenience (if not necessity), I would say 16 is too small. Honestly, 64gb is the smallest on any phone I will accept.

    Are virgin mobile phones discounted from the full price? If not, can you get an unlocked one from Apple yet? I haven't looked into this myself.

    Alternatively, you could get a used Verizon 6s on swappa. You should be able to score a 64gb model for a decent discount. Verizon phones are factory unlocked, so you would be good to go. Swappa require the imei be fully paid off, so you are protected on that front as well.

    * I didn't see catch that she has an 8gb model now. She might be fine if she is happy with what she has, and isn't necessarily looking to expand.
     
  4. 617aircav Suspended

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    Simply just buy the highest capacity you can afford. Everyone is different.
     
  5. Chevelle thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would buy her more capacity but it's not an option with virgin.

    From what I understand you can't use an unlocked phone on virgin. You have to have a phone from them to use their plans so that's the limiting factor. Yes, the phones are discounted.

    I've used unlocked phones on my plan before, but again that's ATT.

    Her usage is basically pictures. Doesn't store any music on it. Not a ton of apps. Just skype and viber and stuff like that. Pics are backed up to iCloud and her MacBook Pro.
     
  6. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    If she's getting by with 8GB then 16GB will be fine.

    Congrats to her.
     
  7. Chevelle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nvm. I just looked in her phone. It's 32g and she doesn't have a lot of space left so no way 16g will work.
     
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Unfortunate.
     
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  10. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    No, it's not.

     
  11. Chevelle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ended up buying her a 64g through ATT with no contract.
     
  12. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    Shoot just buy an apple phone not tied to a vendor. Personally 64 gb is ok 128 gb the smart choice in my opinion.

    You should be able to just use the existing SIM in the new iPhone as long as her iPhone is 5 or newer.
     
  13. Neverbepeace macrumors 6502a

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    16GB would of been fine. However, 64gb is better....
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  14. Chevelle thread starter macrumors regular

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    From what I understand, the simless iPhone is the same as the ATT version just without a SIM card. It supports 23 wireless bands. The Verizon and sprint phones are slightly different and support 22 bands and have a different model number. So for my circumstances it doesn't matter if I got the phone from ATT or simless from Apple. Since we didn't do a contract and paid for the phone in full we are always free to switch carriers and just put a different sim in it. From what I understand anyway. But with my unlimited data I don't ever plan on switching unless they kick me off.
     

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