Best way to get a 5s?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by scoskey, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. scoskey macrumors newbie


    Mar 22, 2016
    I was hoping for that $225 iPhone 5s rumor to be true. Now that Apple does not sell the iPhone 5s anymore, where is the best place to get it? Obviously the prices will slowly drop in the next weeks on eBay and Swappa etc, but I don't want to have to worry about the condition of the phone. I'd like it:
    • Unlocked (obviously) and presumably GSM
    • NEW, original charger and headphones
    • Not sitting on the shelf since 2013
    Other forums have linked to walmart at $200 for a straight talk phone, but these are badly locked. Any other suggestions? I mean something had to happen to all those little boxes that were in the back rooms of Apple retail stores as of Sunday!
  2. fet12 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2012
    you can try cricket. after 6 months it will be unlocked.
  3. Charadis macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2010
    I had bought two brand new this year from Virgin Mobile, both 32GB 5Ss. The space grey was $150 plus tax, and the gold was $250 plus tax. I was able to get the space grey factory unlocked through one of the eBay unlockers, but by the time I had received the gold one, it was too late; seems Virgin Mobile "cracked down" on those unlockers.

    Didn't seem they were sitting in shelves too long; the space grey has iOS 9.0.2 installed, and the gold has 8.1.3.

    Virgin still sells 16GB 5S for $250, but it seems the future of unlocking them is uncertain - some ppl on Slickdeals noted that theirs came with 9.2 out of the box. The fact that I was able to get one unlocked at least shows the possibility. For the interim, I've activated the gold one on Ringplus through Sprint, until i can find another option.

    Edit: forgot to note that, if you don't mind being with Virgin for a year, they would unlock your phone if you buy from them. The $250 price of the 5S includes $100 of credit that can be applied toward your next bills after the first two months.

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  4. scoskey thread starter macrumors newbie


    Mar 22, 2016
    Thank you both for the suggestions!

    The Cricket 6 month policy is nice compared to others at 1 year. Looking at Virgin's policy it seems they will unlock any time for $50 (obviously one would do this after 2 months plus the included $100 credit, so say 4 or 5 months). To other readers of this discussion: the two options seem roughly equal.

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