"Extra" iPhone 5 - Should I keep, return, or sell???

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dmk1974, Sep 29, 2012.

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"Extra" iPhone 5 - Should I keep, return, or sell???

  1. Return it

    13 vote(s)
    40.6%
  2. Return it and get my wife a 32gb iPhone 5 in May 2013

    2 vote(s)
    6.3%
  3. Return it and order my wife a 32gb iPhone 5 now

    3 vote(s)
    9.4%
  4. Return it and order my wife a 32gb iPhone 5 on the extra line

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Sell it and execute Option 3

    14 vote(s)
    43.8%
  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    #1
    AT&T is kinda screwed up with the online ordering process. Here's my recent history.

    9/14 - Pre-ordered an iPhone 5 64gb black at 8am through the AT&T Premier site. Since I wasn't eligible for an upgrade, I opted to add a line to my family plan in order to get it for the $399 (plus tax and activation fee).
    9/15 - Per checking my order status, saw it changed to cancelled for no apparent reason.
    9/17-18 - Wasted almost 3 hours with phone and chat support trying to figure out what was going on with my order that resulted in a cancellation.
    9/18 - Went to a local AT&T store and an awesome manager told me he'd hold a phone for me on launch day.
    9/19 - Got the cancellation email from AT&T (which I already knew about)
    9/21 - Got the phone from the local AT&T store and had it activated on my primary line (no line added...awesome manager who was sympathetic to my troubles).
    9/28 - At around noon, a FedEx truck drops off a package. It's another iPhone 5 64gb black that has an additional line sticker on it! WTF!?!?!
    9/28 - 2-3 hours later, I get an e-mail from AT&T saying my order was cancelled (same as the one on 9/19) and then seconds later an e-mail from AT&T stating that my order is shipping (even though I just received it a couple hours prior).
    9/29 - I took the phone to the same local AT&T store. I planned to return it and possibly get a 32gb version for my wife (she doesn't need a 64gb like mine), but they are completely out of stock of all models and colors and said they probably will be for weeks. They said I have 30 days to return it as long as it's unopened, but even suggested to try to sell it since they go for quite a bit on ebay and craigslist. I left the store with the phone and am now exploring options.

    SO...to make a long story short (too late), what should I do? Keep in mind, my wife's line is not upgrade eligible either (until May 2013) so any model would cost me an extra $250 compared to the upgrade-eligible pricing.

    1.) Return it.
    2.) Return it and get my wife a 32gb iPhone 5 in May 2013 (for $299 + taxes and activation)
    3.) Return it and order my wife a 32gb iPhone 5 (for $549 + taxes and activation)
    4.) Return it and order my wife a 32gb iPhone 5 on the extra line (for $299 + taxes and activation and about $13/mo for that extra line by putting a dumb phone on it totaling extra ~$310 over 24 months).
    5.) Sell this iPhone 5 64gb on ebay or Craigslist. I'd be on the hook for about $770 ($425 phone w/tax incl. +$36 activation and the $310 for 24 months of service). I would then also execute option 3 above to get my wife a 32gb phone now meaning I would have to net probably $900 or more for it on CL or ebay (right?).

    Well folks, what do you think? Thanks!
     
  2. RocketMan76 macrumors member

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    #2
    Return it and save that upgrade for the iPhone 5S. Unless your wife absolutely has to have the latest and greatest phone, that's what I'd do.
     
  3. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    My other thought process on adding a line to our plan is that we will then have another line that should be out of phase with the others so we would have at least 1 line with upgrade eligibility each year.
     
  4. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Hmmm....kinda surprised that most just say return it and not to get a 5 for the wifey.
     
  5. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Also, do you guys think I can net $1,000.00 for the iPhone 5?
     
  6. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

    AustinIllini

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    Normally I would say "Keep the Upgrade", but since it's the iPhone 5 and you can ask for a load of money for it, you can sell it and more than cover the early upgrade fee from AT&T ($200).
     
  7. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Yeah, the early upgrade fee now is $250 on AT&T (used to be $200). If I just add a line and then move it to my wife's, then her upgrade date will remain as-is and then I can use her upgrade in fall of 2013 (or whenever).

    At first, when I thought about selling this extra phone for $1000, I thought I was gouging, but really only by about 50 bucks for someone who is not upgrade eligible. An out of contract 64gb iPhone 5 is $849. Plus 7% tax by me and them not paying the $36 activation fee, it's not much more for them (assuming I get $1000).
     
  8. dasx macrumors 65816

    dasx

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    Check ebay. Pretty high prices are being paid for the iPhone 5. Worth a try imo!
     
  9. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Well, I cleared over $1,100.00 for it. Amazing what they are going for! I'll put a dumb phone on that extra line (I think I can get a cheap GoPhone at WalMart and then use it on that line). For my wife, I'll probably go ahead and order her an iPhone 5 now and when it comes in a few weeks, it will replace her 4S.
     
  10. krnboy503 macrumors regular

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    #10
    then sell the 4S and make more money ;)
     
  11. jimmirehman macrumors 6502

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    Last thing happened to me last year with the 4S. APPLE and AT&T both sent me an iphone 4S for the same number due to preorder day server issues. I ended up activating it on another line i had. It was a bitch to do since 1 line had two phones attached to it. but with a new SIM it eventually worked.
     
  12. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    That will absolutely be the next step in the plan :)
     
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