iPhone 5 or earlier Do you feel you’re paying less for the phone on the Upgrade Program instead of buying?

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  1. AppleHaterLover macrumors 6502

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    Honest question.

    Everything Apple is now in installments. (iPhone! $50 per month, plus AppleCare is $4 per month, 256GB is another $10 etc.)

    My opinion is that this crap is what’s making people agree to paying these heinous prices (ooh, it’s $10 more per month so I’ll take it). this is making people believe their buying power is increasing when in reality thr truth is the opposite.
     
  2. edlex macrumors 68000

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    I upgrade every year so basically I’m paying for half the phone plus the taxes before I get the new one.
     
  3. tonybarnaby macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. The upgrade program has allowed people who normally couldn’t afford these phones to “own” them. I say own, because it’s basically a 1 year lease and then rinse and repeat.
     
  4. a reader, Sep 16, 2018 at 12:28 PM
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    I agree. Only having to pay off half of the loan to upgrade & not having to shell out for the full price of AppleCare+ make me feel like I’m saving money even if I’m really not. My brain knows that I took out a loan for the whole amount, but it’s still comforting not having to see the total price destroy my wallet all at once.
     
  5. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    Same here. I view it as more of a lease. I was upgrading every year before anyway; now I’m doing it for less than the unsubsidized cost of the phone.
     
  6. tonybarnaby macrumors 6502a

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    I think once 5G is out, people will buy a phone and keep it longer. If 5g comes out in 2 years, everyone will be inclined to upgrade no matter how good the previous phone was. Once we’re on 5g, I think upgrades might go down. At least that’s what I’m waiting for.
     
  7. Wags macrumors 6502a

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    Interest free loan that you don’t have to upgrade after one year. You can pay off and sell it just like owning. Don’t have to trade in.
     
  8. gadgetfreaky macrumors 6502a

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    you're actually paying a bit more but without the hassle of selling your phone. you get about what'd you'd get I think from a trade in minus tax.
     
  9. Wags macrumors 6502a

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    No way that it is less but really is the same as purchasing outright except for the AppleCare requirement which most get anyway.
     
  10. tonybarnaby macrumors 6502a

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    Agree, but it seems like most people have no plans to get off the yearly upgrade train. No problem here. I have always bought the new galaxy phone and sold it when the new one came. Upgrade program is new to me.
     
  11. Deguello macrumors 6502a

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    Interest-free, yeah, but if you live in a state with a sales tax you’re paying that as an additional cost each year. It’s not with additional cost, whether it gets labeled interest or not.
     
  12. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    Don’t underestimate the value of not having to sell your phone every year. I got so sick of selling gadgets online after a few years; I hate dealing with all the ******** involved. If I can trade in my used phone for 50% of its value, it’s worth that 5-10% difference for not having to sell it on my own.
     
  13. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68000

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    I’m done with selling phones. Verizon gives me the money for 0% interest and I don’t have to worry about scratches or dings as I’ll get a new one in a year. Plus if I do decide to keep the phone, I can just pay the rest off and costs no more than if I purchased to phone outright in the first place.
     
  14. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    In what circumstances would you not pay the sales tax anyway?
     
  15. Deguello macrumors 6502a

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    The circumstance of every year past year one in which you don’t buy another phone, versus paying it every single year.
     
  16. tonybarnaby macrumors 6502a

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    New on swappa for one.
     
  17. KrisLord macrumors 65816

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    The key thing for me in the upgrade programs is we’re comparing it with buying it outright for a large sum of money.

    Yes the upgrade program is good for Apple as it includes AppleCare and more so if you upgrade after a year.

    If we compare it to a network contract, it’s much better for the consumer to go with the upgrade program as the networks charge even more for the early upgrades.
     
  18. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    That has nothing to do with the financing program though. This would be true whether you financed it or not.
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    I don’t see the XS or Max on swappa.
     
  19. Deguello macrumors 6502a

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    Except that the subject of the thread is the Upgrade Program which very typically involves an annual payment of sales tax. If someone isn’t doing that, why are they in the Upgrade Program?
     
  20. tonybarnaby macrumors 6502a

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    Give it a week or 2. Plenty of people will be selling theirs if they can’t make a big profit selling it day 1 to people who didn’t get one.
     
  21. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    The subject of the thread is whether or not the Upgrade Program is encouraging Apple to charge more because people can justify the higher retail prices since they’re paying in installments. You don’t have to upgrade yearly on the program; my wife is probably not upgrading her X this year. In that case, it’s just an interest free loan for the phone, and no different from buying outright except that I got a free loan to do it instead of paying $1100 up front.

    No harm no foul, I say. I’d be buying these for myself every year anyway; the iUP just reduces the hassle for me.
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    Fair enough. I’m not interested in waiting to buy it from some failed price gouger on swappa, though. In my case of course that’s doubly true since I am in the iUP.
     
  22. Deguello macrumors 6502a

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    And people do feel like they’re paying less, even though they’re paying a sales tax “premium” every year.

    Yes, if you don’t upgrade every year, it comes out the same as an outright purchase.
     
  23. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    I just think your point is odd; of course you’re going to pay sales tax if you buy a new product every year, regardless of whether it’s not on an installment plan or not.

    If you’re buying every year then you do end up paying less than the retail price for the device, not taking into account the potential losses of not selling the phone yourself.
     
  24. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

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    I guess you assume everyone buys AppleCare+ since that's baked into the IUP. I've never had AppleCare on any of my 10 iPhones. Don't have it on my iPhone X that was also bought outright. So there is a difference.
     
  25. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    It doesn't matter how one feels. What matters, is whether or not said person is paying more through the program, and whether or not said person can truly afford it.
     

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