Buy clearance iPhone 5 or wait for 5S?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wellingtonwimpy, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. wellingtonwimpy macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Are any 4/4S users considering buying one of the $99 starting to crop up at carriers and retailers like Walmart? I'm trying to decide if it would be a steal or just foolish.

    I use my phone mostly for e-mailing, browsing and casual snapshots (no gaming beyond sudoku), and wouldn't use the fingerprint ID function even if I had it. I also don't want a phone that looks like it came from a claw crane machine (i.e., the 5C). Seems like a discount 5 might be the best bet, unless I'm missing something.
  2. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030


    Feb 9, 2010
    Remember if you are not into selling your phone on ebay or craigs list, you can bring in your old phone to an apple store and get credit towards a new one. My 4S is worth $200 so that really helps if you are already due for a new phone at the lower price.
  3. osofast240sx macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    Where are you going to get a discount iPhone 5 from?
  4. wellingtonwimpy thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2010
  5. Ramio macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2011
    Houston, TeXas
    I say get the 5 especially that you've stated you won't use the fingerprint scanner. The 5 is super fast and since you dont play games, I doubt you'll see a big difference in performance. The 5 for $100 is a steal imo since for the same money now you'll getting the 5c. I've had every iphone since the beginning and just got the 5 for $100 at the AT&T store. Sure I can pay another 100 and get the 5s but the 5 is a FAST phone.
  6. Paintballguy macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2008
    Anyone think that some places will make the 5 lower than 100 once the 5c and 5s are ofically out?

    I cant see them trying to sell it side by side with a 5c for the same price...
  7. The Robot Cow macrumors 6502

    The Robot Cow

    Sep 12, 2012
    Central California
    The 5s does offer hardware improvement such as improved lte bands, new processor with the m7 chip, much better graphics performance and 64bit architecture, slightly bigger battery. the iPhone 5 is still a great phone too
  8. wellingtonwimpy thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Given how tightly Apply controls these things, I doubt the retailer contracts allow those stores to sell an officially discontinued product. My guess is they'll sell as many as they can by next Friday for whatever they can get, then Apple will buy them back at the wholesale price and disassemble them for parts to use on refurbs.
  9. billycuth macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2010
    I plead ignorance, but WHY would a company take a sunk cost (manufacturing/packaging/shipping) and compound it (buying a product back/having it shipped back/disassemble it)?

    They could sell it "cheap" and not compound a loss.
  10. wellingtonwimpy thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2010
    That's what a normal company would do, and that's essentially what Apple always has done in the past by just knocking $100 off the previous model. But Apple is notoriously controlling and made it a point this time to discontinue the iPhone 5 in favor of its new high-end/lower-end scheme. I'm speculating, but I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't a concerted effort to get iPhone 5s out of the marketplace and push the new stuff, at least in primary markets. You certainly won't be able to find an iPhone 5 in an Apple store.
  11. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    The OP would. He just says he won't buy a plastic phone.
  12. macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2012
    I would try out the 5c plastic. I think it will have a pretty good sturdy feel not like the 3gs or what not.

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