How do you buy all the latest devices?

xxray

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Do you guys have any tips for buying and keeping up the latest devices? I see a lot of you that always are getting the latest devices whether it's the latest iPhone, Galaxy, HTC One, Nexus, etc. I'd love to buy a new phone each year or have multiple phones that I could change to whenever I wanted but I feel bad paying $600-$700 per phone since I buy them for full price.

Any tips, feedback, suggestions, etc. is much appreciated! ;)
 

blackhand1001

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I went from a galaxy nexus bought in January 2012 to a moto x bought in January 2014. Both on Verizon.
 

studIOS5

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I personally buy and sell on craigslist. I buy phones cheap and sell them high either on eBay or Craigslist or I do trades that are to my advantage value wise. Over the last two years I've managed to go from a droid razr to an iPhone 5c just buying selling and trading. Never lost a cent
 

JaySoul

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I buy the phone SIM-free and then put a rolling monthly SIM of my choice in.

Saves me LOTS of money, works out generally about 50% of the price of a comparable phone/contract.
 

Fernandez21

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I sell or trade my old phones and use my upgrades when I can. Couple of months ago I was able to get a moto x and lg g2 free on contract with at&t. Then I traded the moto x for a nexus 5 and the g2 for an HTC Google play edition on Craigslist. I just bought an HTC one m8 using at&t next with no money down and have my nexus and one m7 for sale and will be using that to pay off the m8 with some money left over.
 

Macman45

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Do you guys have any tips for buying and keeping up the latest devices? I see a lot of you that always are getting the latest devices whether it's the latest iPhone, Galaxy, HTC One, Nexus, etc. I'd love to buy a new phone each year or have multiple phones that I could change to whenever I wanted but I feel bad paying $600-$700 per phone since I buy them for full price.

Any tips, feedback, suggestions, etc. is much appreciated! ;)
I always buy Applecare as this helps keep the re-sale value up, and I try to upgrade ASAP after a new phone or iPad is released, and every 18 months or so with Macs....I'm off track this year due to finances, but if you do it that way, you do tend to get a better sale...Also taking good care of your devices using a case on them etc. helps keep those scratches at bay too.
 

maflynn

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In the past, I've gotten my phones via the subsidized price, though I paid full price for my Nexus One back in the day.

I now have a Lumia Icon and I did that through the Edge program. I'm a little skeptical of this, but I'll let this program play itself out. At the very least if I don't like the program I can just pay off the phone and own it outright.

The Edge program gives me some wiggle room however since I may not like the WP8 phone and choose to go back onto iOS or Android. If that does occur, selling a WP8 phone will be more work and time then if I was selling an iPhone. With that said, so far I am liking the Lumia.
 

Robster3

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Either buy and sell, or pay out and upgrade contracts, just paid out a $100 per month 5S contract for $300 sold the 5S for $800 and got a HTC One M8 on a $80 contract.
I run my business off a mobile so tax right offs too. If my phone wasn't earning me a living i could live happily without one:)
 

ucfgrad93

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I just accept the fact that I don't always need the latest and greatest phone. My previous phone, an iPhone 4, I had for 2 years before I got my HTC One last July.
 

Shanghaichica

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I usually pay off my existing contract and then upgrade or sometimes I sell older handsets.
 
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The Game 161

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I buy the phone SIM-free and then put a rolling monthly SIM of my choice in.

Saves me LOTS of money, works out generally about 50% of the price of a comparable phone/contract.
Yeah that's what I'm doing from now on.. Three has unlimited tethering but now only on sim only deals
 

kupkakez

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I never keep my "old phones". When I'm ready for something new I'll sell on Swappa and put the $$ towards the next phone I want. I sometimes buy them off contract or from Swappa.

With the S5 I'm hoping to just keep that for at least the next year. We will see though! ;)
 

jkeekij

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Oct 17, 2011
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I always pay the upgrade price. My Verizon account has 10 devices on it, so there is usually always an upgrade available.
 

Nabooly

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Buy and resell. I only do this when I don't need the device anymore, or if it has limited capabilities compared to the newer version. I don't update based on simply bumped specs. I'm still running a MBP late 2008 as my DD. My luck is terrible in terms of phones though. Something always goes wrong with them.
 

rockitdog

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My current phone is a 5S which I am hoping to sell shortly for an S5. I'm currently on a standard 2 year plan with AT&T and if the iPhone 6 is an absolutely knock out of the park must have- I will switch to the NEXT plan and get an iPhone 6 which they are allowing people do almost with minimal resistance. Where there's a will, there's a way!