Does paying for a full priced iphone rather than getting a contract price ....

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  1. himynameiscody macrumors 6502a

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    Make any difference at all? In terms of warranty or anything
     
  2. AlohaMaui macrumors member

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    No difference at all, in terms of warranty.

    The only reasons to get a full-contract unlocked iphone is that:
    1) Travel overseas often and so want to use a foreign carrier SIM card when abroad.

    2) Want to use a GSM non-Sprint/ATT/Verizon carrier for some reason such as prepaid SIM cards.

    If you stay in the US mostly and dont plan to switch to another carrier, then using a contract phone is much cheaper.
    You have to pay for the phone plan anyway so might as well get a phone subsidy out of it.
     
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    I wish I could use a contract price when the 5 comes out :(
     
  4. cyks macrumors 68020

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    You pay (much) more for it and the only benefit is that you are not bound to a 2(+) year contract.

    Everything else is the same.


    If you're comfortable using slower speeds on T-Mobile or if you travel out of the country often, it may end up saving you money down the line, but otherwise there are no real benefits to buying one out of contract.
     
  5. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    Then you should have held off on entering into another contract with a 4S.
     
  6. himynameiscody thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Old phone broke :(
     
  7. ilifecomputer macrumors 6502

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    being no contract is nice because when things change carrier to carrier you can put your money where you want it. like i assume when an LTE iphone comes out I will want it with whoever has the largest LTE rollout.

    the beauty of doing it with iphones is that once you start the contract-less life with your first purchase, you will essentially be paying the same as upgrade if you sell each one before buying the next.

    for the 4S, I sold my 4 for 430 and then ended up paying about 3something total for the new one (about the same as if i was committing for 2 years without having to). all it takes uis buying the first one
     
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    Damn they hold their value!!
     
  9. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Well seeing how this is an international Forum you might also want to consider that outside the US you can get monthly plans for between $15 and $20 per month cheaper if you don't take the subsidy. That is $480 over two years.
     

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