How can I get iPhone 5 if I got iP4 under contract?

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  1. Myiphone7 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
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    After the news that the iPhone 5 may have a bigger screen, I'm really pumped.

    How much for an iPhone WITHOUT contract and how much can you get for a 16GB iPhone 4?
  2. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    You're going to have to pay the $399 or $499 price and I say you can sell your 16gb iP4 for 350- 400
  3. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

    Rajani Isa

    Jun 8, 2010
    Rogue Valley, Oregon
    That's incorrect, John3. At least for the 4.

    There are three pricing tiers :

    With New Contract - the fully subsidized price. This is the $199/299 for the 16/32 GB current iPhone.

    Early Contract Upgrade/Renewal - Varies when made available, usually something like 18-21 months : This is the $399/$499

    No contract price - if you're not eligible for either of the above two : $599/$699
  4. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    My bad you're correct I didn't read the last part where be said without contract.
  5. chineseboy macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    iPhone 5

    You'll probably have to either buy out your contract or get a second contract to get your iPhone 5.
  6. nukem170 macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2011
    And a second or third job while trying to keep up with apple product cycles.
  7. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    That would do it... :D
  8. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    And you should easily get over 350 for the 4 on eBay. They are up to 500-600. the 3GS still is at 350.
  9. TimShady macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2011
    Selling your iPhone 4 on craigslist for cash and buying the new iPhone at retail is probably the most cost effective way to do it. Ebay would work too, but then you have to deal with those pesky fees.

    If you could sell the iPhone 4 for $400, then buy the new one for $600, it would cost you $200 to upgrade. Next year you sell the iPhone 5 for $400, then buy the new subsidized phone for $200, you make $200. You could theoretically break even by doing this and get a new iPhone every year. Make sure you take good care of your phone to get the most out of it when selling.
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. Since you are under contract, you will have to pay more for the new iPhone. Selling your iPhone 4 should pay for the majority of the upgrade.
  11. Reefbone macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2008
  12. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You pretty much take out your wallet and pay for it:D
    But depending on your situation it will vary in price.
    Some people get full upgrades every year, others 18 or 24 after their upgrade.
    Also you could do early upgrade if you're eligable and that costs an additional $200 from the full upgrade. So $399 and $499 typically.
    Or full price and save your next upgrade for later.
    Up to you.
    Your old i4 can also help you offset or pay in full for the next iphone.
  14. bmwhd macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2008
    eBay's your friend. Your current IP4 will sell for as much or more as you're likely to have to pay for the IP5. I've upgraded every year and am yet to shell out $$ after the sale of the old phone.
  15. epicshredder macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2011
    Boulder, Co
    Depending on when you got your iPhone 4 u may be able to buy new iPhone5 at contract price if you renew. I've gotten new iPhone every year for last 3 and have had no problem "upgrading". They(apple/att) have a way of making it easy for you to spend more money and get locked up for 2 more years. I've gotten every new iphone w/in months of release and been able to upgrade for advertised contract prices. Just be patient! And sell your iphone 4 when time is right.
  16. himesh macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2010
    Birmingham, England
    May not be the cheapest way, but the UK sells them sim free...

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