A thought on replacing 4S with 4S

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by puma1552, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    I've got a launch day 4S, and I love it.

    I've been waiting for the 5S as part of the natural upgrade cycle.

    My 4S still does everything it needs to, and I like the feel of it in my hand. Couple days ago it took a small 2 foot tumble on concrete, so it has a chip on the corner. Other than that, the camera shutter won't open. Apple wanted $80 to replace the camera, I declined since I figured I'd be selling soon to upgrade to the 5S.

    Other than that, the battery is starting to show it's age, and I've started to experience a couple general hiccups with the device, as I notice these things seldom make it two full years without issue.

    So I just got to thinking in the last five minutes, would it be possible to go get a new 4S from Apple for $200, then get a fresh, flawless device with a new lease on life, a new battery, a working camera, and then keep it beyond the upgrade and skip the 5S altogether?

    I figure I could get a brand new (refurb) phone for not much, and not have to sign a new contract to upgrade, so it's kind of the best of both worlds. Obviously I could pay full price for a 5S, but I'm not dropping that kind of money on a phone.

    Can I do that at Apple or does the phone have to be in worse shape/non functional?
  2. iphone46 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2011
    They should do it no problem. You may want to say the phone freezes a lot too since you've dropped it(or just crack the front). When I took a 4S to get replaced due to the closed shutter issue, they made me pay the $199 fee :mad: .

    Edit: Also, make sure the phone stays in one piece, they won't replaced modified phones or phones missing parts/in several pieces.
  3. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Think I could swap colors or no? I feel the answer is no but if I can spice it up, why not...
  4. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Unfortunately, Apple doesn't allow you to switch colours.
  5. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Since your carrier charges you the same amount for service whether you upgrade to a subsidized device or not, why not use the $200 to upgrade to the 5S when it comes out, sell it for $600 and use that cash to get your 4S replaced by Apple. You come out with an extra $400.

    For those on carriers that subsidize phones it's a total waste not use an available upgrade when the newest Iphone is available. Even if you don't want the device.
  6. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    That's not a bad idea, but I'd have to renew my contract...if I'm gonna do that I'd definitely just keep the new phone.

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