Can i still get a new 4S?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kariya, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. Kariya macrumors 68000

    Kariya

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    I may be crazy but i'm feeling serious nostalgia towards the 4S. I regret selling mine to upgrade to the 5. It was hands down the best iPhone i'd ever owned but i caught up in having the bigger screen/batman-style black/slate design of the 5.

    Now i want to see if i can still get a 4S new or at least refurb new, to have as secondary device but mostly just to keep as a sentimental item. To me the 4/4S are the best iPhone designs from Apple to date.

    Is ebay my best bet or are there other places i should look it?
     
  2. afsnyder macrumors 65816

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    You should not buy one simply because it would run iOS 8 and would be awfully slow...

    But if you insist, if it's sold by Apple, it's new.
     
  3. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    They want it more just to have it. I don't think it being slow is a problem.
     
  4. Kariya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Not even sure i'd take it beyond iOS 6 if thats what it came with.
     
  5. afsnyder macrumors 65816

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    It came with iOS 5 pre-installed back in the day but its sure to have iOS 8 installed if you bought it new today. Even if they were manufactured before iOS 8 was finished.
     
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  7. brent1977 macrumors regular

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    Cowboom (Best Buy) is still selling and auctioning off new 4S iPhones. I ordered an AT&T one from them (for the same reason - just to have) a couple weeks ago in their deal-of-the-day for $199. It came with iOS 6. Unfortunately, it had a defective home button and had to be returned.

    Here's a Verizon one they have in auction currently going for $188, now. Just search for iPhone 4S.
    http://www.cowboom.com/auction/1546943/
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You can still buy an Atari.
    But why would you?
     
  9. infcabbage macrumors newbie

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    Because ancient technology is fun and cool? Because nostalgia?
    My girlfriend has been on a retro gaming kick this last month, She bough 3 neo geo pocket consoles, a gameboy color, and a high quality sony CRT monitor to play emulated games on. Just because something is old doesn't mean to doesn't have value to some people.
     
  10. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    Why not get a new 5S? It's only half an inch difference.
     
  11. vgamedude macrumors 6502a

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    With how mine (what I'm using currently until I decide what the hell to upgrade to) runs trust me when I say you don't want one. Even on ios 7 it's pretty terrible, I can't imagine what it would be like on ios 8.

    But, to answer your question, I do recall looking for a 4s a while back new at carrier stores and not finding anything so I don't think you can get it new, you would have to get a refurb or used phone I'm sure.
     
  12. Vundu macrumors 65816

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    Did you read the OP?
     
  13. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816

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    Today I just returned my iPhone 6+ and bought a 64gb iPhone 4s for 179 on eBay that has lived in a lifeproof case all its life so it looks new. A new battery with tools is only $9 shipped. I'm really looking forward to having a "normal" sized phone again. And you can still downgrade to iOS 7....
     
  14. jenni122701 macrumors regular

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    I cant blame anyone for wanting to hold onto a 4S if they can. I used to have a 4S I ran iOS 7 on before I switched to a Windows Phone. Now Im back on an iPhone, but it's a 5C. And for anyone wondering, no WP didn't suck, I love it actually. But for other various reasons Im back with iPhone. Hope you find the 4S!
     
  15. madriven79 macrumors newbie

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    I don't understand why some peoples 4s are slow and laggy on ios 7 when mine is super fast, no lags, no crashes. I would not update to ios 8 tho.
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    That is not so. I dubt it will have ios8 installed, it would have what ever ios was available when it was made and that would be a while ago. Aplle does not update its phone to the latest iOS after it is manufactured.
     
  17. BingoBlue macrumors member

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    I loved my 4 and I know the 4S was a decent bump so I get it. That said I'm sitting here with my 6 having not had anything else since the 4 so the jump is huge.
     
  18. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030

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    As someone who has here a, 4s, 5s, and 6. The 4s isn't any great shakes. Each to their own, I suppose.
     
  19. Stanick macrumors regular

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    My 4s runs 8.0.2 okay it just lacks RAM... but if you do not use a lot of apps at the same time it's actually pretty okay.
     
  20. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    No, you can't. Apple has stopped signing iOS 7
     
  21. serega macrumors regular

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    Update to iOS 8 has been automatically downloaded on my old 4S and annoying "1" shows on settings. I use it as iPod and have no intention to install it. It seems pretty good phone and I plan to keep it.
     
  22. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    We are in agreement. My point is that even if the OP found a new and unopened 4S from Apple, it would not already be updated.
     
  23. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, I can understand regret from a 4S to a 6, but 4S to a 5 is minimal. I'm sure there are a gazillion 4S' out there in the wild.
     
  24. afsnyder macrumors 65816

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    Well, they still manufacture new 4s so you never know... Actually, I just checked Apple's website and it looks like you can't buy a new iPhone 4s... hmm maybe that was last year that they kept it around.
     
  25. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    This is not an old gaming console though.
    Its just an old phone with limited hardware and software capabilities.
    Doing your every day computing on a windows 3.1 machine will get old after a few days.

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    That is false.
    You cannot downgrade a 4S to older firmware at all. Not possible.
    You can only update but never downgrade it.
     

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