Apple Offering Pre-Approvals to iPhone Upgrade Program Customers Ahead of iPhone 8

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2008
    A hard credit check shouldn't a big deal for most. Even if you're actively home shopping or looking to buy a car, it's not going to impact your credit score. You act like a credit check is some kind of death blow. It shouldn't matter to anyone with decent credit.
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    In the past they had to go in to get their phone. As there have been no changed stated, it would seem T-Mobile customers are still going to have to go in to get their new phones.
  2. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    At current rates that’s, £44.64 when VAT is added, then there’s at least £9 a month for the AppleCare option, takes it to 54.56. And that’s not taking into account import duty which would shove it well over £60.

    Doesn’t look so bad when you run the numbers. Not that I’m saying it’s cheap.
  3. WannaGoMac macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2007
    I feel the same. My 6+ is still working fine, do wish it was faster. Too bad they didnt improve the 8+ design a bit, like reduced sized bezels, or just one bezel on the bottom for the button.
  4. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    Yeah, we’re just getting the standard first come first served reservation style upgrade. Maybe next year we’ll catch up.
  5. jlseattle macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2007
    Seattle WA
    I know this is probably a dumb question. So if I sign up for the program to buy a iPhone 8 and make 12 months of payments and then upgrade to the iPhone X (next year when upgraded model might be announced) what happens to my payments I've made? Can I upgrade to the more expensive iPhone X for 10 a month more but I'm only making the payments of my iPhone 8? So through making lower payments each month I'm really recouping the lost $$ from the previous year?

    I'm coming from having an iPhone 6 that I bought outright for $600 4 years ago and have gotten all realized value from it over the 4 years (I feel). I'm just thinking I won't get my $50 realized value each month from my new phone. But that money is gone forever. And really I'm stuck making payments for the rest of my life on a phone until I just stick it out with one phone.

    Is this like car leasing? So confusing.
  6. a.gomez macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2008
    Nope. My girlfriend finally got a letter from Verizon taking her off after this upgrade from her old subsidized account. Any way we sliced it, with an iPhone she got a better deal on her old 2 year subsidized account.

    She changed jobs - so she has no need for an iPhone at the new place - so timing works out.
  7. WannaGoMac macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2007
    Your iphone is 3 years old :). And yes, this is pretty much like car leasing without any interest.
  8. MBPnoob macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2010
    Biggest question for me is.... will this apply to Tmobile?

    I have an amazing plan ($80 per month for three, full HD phone lines) that I don't want to lose, but I'm going to go with whatever carrier is the most Apple friendly.
  9. semka macrumors newbie


    Sep 9, 2015
    In the USA, this is the price before taxes, btw. But yeah, for Apple £1=$1.
  10. rtomyj macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2012
    Wait do you feel bad for people who are stupid enough to buy something they can’t afford or do you feel bad for people who don’t need a new phone every year and go into debt because of it?
  11. zapm, Sep 13, 2017
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    zapm macrumors member


    May 16, 2017
    $56 a month for a 256GB iPhone X....How is anyone gonna be able to afford this?!?!?

  12. Jmausmuc macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2014
    Are you being serious? What a joke. The X has a bigger screen than the Plus while almost as small as the 8. I can’t believe what you are saying.
  13. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
  14. Vanilla35 macrumors 68030


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    $50 per month for X vs $35 for the 8. Even when you look at the monthly payment it's starting to look like a bad deal... o_O
  15. a.gomez macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2008
    na, that is just the random excuse people do for (place whatever gadget made in china person likes here) and help justify their purchase. This is their 2018 phone and at 700 dollars - Edge to Edge should be a minimum.
  16. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    This is in the app, itself? I could care less about the 8. My sole goal in life is to secure a X 256 Black.
  17. slippery-pete macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2007
    I called Citizens and was told they don't do a hard inquiry unless you had issues with the previous loan, I.E. late payments, missed payments.
  18. quinneverett macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2016
    New York, NY
    I mean yeah there is still the chin and forehead but the side bezels didn't really come down much... look at the difference on the sides... it's minimal.
  19. fjfjfjfj macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    New York, NY
    I'm not clear on something...isn't it true that on Verizon, if you are on a device payment plan they give you like a $20 discount on their data plan? So switching to the iPhone Upgrade Program would cost $20 more a month than the similar Verizon upgrade program (plus the cost of Apple Care)? I've long wanted to switch to the program directly with Apple but didn't want my data plan to go up by $20. Do I understand the difference correctly?
  20. WannaGoMac macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2007
    People spend far more than that at starbucks in a month.
  21. LotusLord macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2008
    The Capital of the Land of Cheese and Beer
    Same. Luckily(?) for me I've held off since getting the 6 Plus and am more than ready for all the new features I'll be getting. Now I just debate the 8 Plus or the X.
  22. GetSwole37 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    Let me ask you a Q. I can give you $1000 now, or I can give you $1000 in a year. What will you take?
    Now is the right answer. You always want to have money now.

    The pricing to buy outright or payments was the same. So why would I give my money now when I can pay as little as possible interest free and extend it out for as long as I can?

    Buying it this way is not "someone who can't afford" it's someone that understands economics and knows how to play the game. Now, if someone doesn't pay off the balance and let's interest build up on them, that's another story
  23. carpleror macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2014
    Customers can choose whether or not to buy expensive products, no one is leading you down anything. You should only be blaming yourself for buying an expensive product you can't afford.
  24. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Different people have different budgets and Apple has a wide range of available phones starting with the iPhone SE at $349 up to the fully loaded X at $1149. To many people (myself included) $56 is nothing and more is spent on much less useful things all the time. We're talking about a premium brand's flagship device, this is not the economy phone meant for people with tight budgets.
  25. 78Bandit macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2009
    If your credit score is so marginal that a credit check is going to be the tipping point that makes you pay a higher interest rate or be denied a loan then you probably don't need to be financing a phone. Buy something decent for $250 outright that will last a couple of years and put the extra money toward paying down the other balances that would be ultimately causing your credit problems.

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