Broken iPhone 6...buy cheap Android phone until iPhone 8 or just buy the 7?

intervenient

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GPS and Wifi completely crapped out. Tried to do a home repair and the whole thing went to ****.

I was trying to wait until the 8 came out, but given still months away, that's a hard pass for me. I'm debating just buying a 7 now, or holding out for the 8 and getting a $100 Android phone while I wait. What's the best course of action here, price wise?
 

chscag

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Check out the Apple Refurb store. They now sell refurbed iPhones - new outer case and battery. And they come with the standard one year Apple warranty. You can save 15% or more that way.
 

QueenTyrone

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Last time I checked you can take your 6 up to an apple store (even out of warranty) and they'll just give you a 6s or a 7. So I would try that
 

intervenient

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Last time I checked you can take your 6 up to an apple store (even out of warranty) and they'll just give you a 6s or a 7. So I would try that
Eh. It's an old phone, way out of warranty, pried open with the screws not going back in on the bottom and pretty bent. I can't see them giving me something for this. They wouldn't even repair the GPS issue in the first place.
 

QueenTyrone

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Eh. It's an old phone, way out of warranty, pried open with the screws not going back in on the bottom and pretty bent. I can't see them giving me something for this. They wouldn't even repair the GPS issue in the first place.
Did you go in a store? If yes Call apple, I've seen people with pretty much destroyed 6's get them replaced out of warranty. Nothing beats a try
 

Reno Raines

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Eh. It's an old phone, way out of warranty, pried open with the screws not going back in on the bottom and pretty bent. I can't see them giving me something for this. They wouldn't even repair the GPS issue in the first place.

I have read on this site that Apple will usually give you some kind of gift card for older phones you turn into them. I am not 100% sure so call them first but it would be better than nothing.
 

akash.nu

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Apple will not touch that device. It'll be a waste of time. I'll say buy a second hand SE if you can find online and within your budget. It's a powerful device and will serve you really well until the iPhone 8.
 
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mjschabow

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Yeah you can get an SE for $200 on Swappa. It'll work much better than any $200 Android phone.
 

intervenient

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Best Buy is actually doing a promotion that lets you pay $7 a month to get a 64 gig SE. I went ahead and did that and will just pay the device off when the 8 comes out. I'm pretty stoked how this all worked out :D
 

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Last time I checked you can take your 6 up to an apple store (even out of warranty) and they'll just give you a 6s or a 7. So I would try that
Why would Apple do this ? I could see them doing it in limited cases but by no means as a standard procedure. Hell, I just switched to an iPhone and am using my wife's 6+ at the moment. Once the 7s or 8 come out, I can't imagine going to the Apple store, showing them this 6+ and saying I don't like it anymore or something is wrong with it and them hand me a newer version. This phone is in almost brand new condition too - it's had a screen protector on it from week 1 (probably took a day or two or so to pick up one) and same with a case.
 

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I agree. There is no way Apple is going to hand over a new phone in trade for your old one. They may in fact offer you a trade in $$ but it will be based on the phone. That's exactly what they did when I purchased my 7+ and traded in my 6+. They gave me $175.00 for the 6+ and deducted that from the cost of the 7+.
 
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Best Buy is actually doing a promotion that lets you pay $7 a month to get a 64 gig SE. I went ahead and did that and will just pay the device off when the 8 comes out. I'm pretty stoked how this all worked out :D
How much months do you have to pay for the new iPhone SE 64GB?
 

mpavilion

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I agree. There is no way Apple is going to hand over a new phone in trade for your old one. They may in fact offer you a trade in $$ but it will be based on the phone. That's exactly what they did when I purchased my 7+ and traded in my 6+. They gave me $175.00 for the 6+ and deducted that from the cost of the 7+.
What sort of condition was your 6+ in? Unless it was in terrible shape, you likely could have sold it yourself for considerably more $$$
 

chscag

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What sort of condition was your 6+ in? Unless it was in terrible shape, you likely could have sold it yourself for considerably more $$$
It was in perfect condition but I was just too lazy to sell it myself. And since our Apple Store is only about a 15 minute drive from my house, I took the easy way out. :rolleyes:
 

bufffilm

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$200 for an SE? I don't believe that. Even the 5 still sells for that amount.
Probably closer to $250 than $200 now.

Just searched for Verizon, 16gb, good or better condition...may be some carrier versions are a little cheaper.

And of course, timing is everything...
 

nostresshere

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Depends how much you will desire the new iphone. Personally, I thought about it and I had an old phone available. But instead opted to buy iphone 7. Sams has the 256 at the same price as the 128 right now and a $150 off that (gift card).

If I really want the new phone, I can get it next June.
 

warshaw

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I'm in the same situation as you. My Note 4 has been having serious issues lately. I've been holding onto this phone for what feels like forever waiting for a worthy upgrade. Was planning on getting the Note 8 or iPhone 8 this year. Just recently the Note 4 has become almost unusable. I purchased an iPhone SE but I'm going to return it. I thought it would be fine, but it's way too small. I'm planning on getting a cheap $60 BLU android phone from amazon. Hopefully I won't have too many problems with that until the new phones are released.
 

HallStevenson

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A "cheap" Android phone, if it's new, will work fine for most people for months if they just need to hold off for a bit. I think it's the materials and build quality that differentiate a Samsung Galaxy, HTC One, etc from the low-end Huawei, ZTE, etc models.
 

lanceh5

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I have an iPhone 6 that the screen separated from the body along the left side. We used this primarily for a camera and have used it as a phone about 100 times. It has been sitting on the kitchen counter not in my pocket. Chatting with Apple, the repair is $330. We are 4 hrs away from an Apple Store so they will send a box to mail it to the repair facility.
So some one will get this lightly used phone as a refurbished and I will get someone's heavily used iPhone as a replacement.

In hind sight, if I was going to get a new phone, I should not have repaired the old one and just bought a new one and throw the old one away.
 

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