iPhone 4 SOLD. Do I upgrade or buy next gen iPhone sim free!?

StuartMoore

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Oct 26, 2011
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Hi there.

I've had an account with O2 that hasn't been used for nearly 2 years, and is eligible for an upgrade. The iPhone 4 I've been using (which was bought sim free) has had a different O2 pay as you go sim in it. Therefore I have sold the iPhone 4 in preparation of the new one launching.

Question is, do I per order on the day of release new iPhone only. Or upgrade on my original O2 contract....!? :confused:
Also which will be the quickest way to get the new device? Per ordering through Apple as opposed to upgrading through O2!?

Thanks, Stuart.
 

Want300

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Oct 12, 2011
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I will be giving my girlfriend my 4S soon, and I will sell my old iPhone 4... I am going to buy a GS3 outright, to use until I get the new phone. I am going to have it shipped to me. I am going to pass on the long lines this time around for sure.
 

toondw

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Jun 28, 2009
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The only problem I see at the moment is the nano sim, I suspect most uk companies for instance will at the point of the release will only supply a nano sim with a new contract, payg and sim only will follow a few weeks later.

So you could have a new sim free iPhone but no sim to put in it for a while.
 

neil1980

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Nov 1, 2008
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Similar thoughts here....

My Vodafone contract ended so I have the whole do I just get a 5 (or whatever they call it) on a contract or buy outright.

In the mean time I dropped a PAYG 3 sim in it and actually loving how much I get for so little, Its actually swaying me towards outright or keeping the iPhone 4.
 

Want300

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Oct 12, 2011
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As soon as we are 100% sure of Sep 12 reveal. I am selling the old iPhone 4...

EDIT: Or as close to 100% as we can be... I know we are pretty sure now
 

StuartMoore

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Original poster
Oct 26, 2011
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Scotland
The only problem I see at the moment is the nano sim, I suspect most uk companies for instance will at the point of the release will only supply a nano sim with a new contract, payg and sim only will follow a few weeks later.

So you could have a new sim free iPhone but no sim to put in it for a while.
Good point! I never thought about the sim card issue. To be honest if I did buy outright I'd probably change sim supplier anyway. There are much better deals now. Giff Gaff for instance. But yeah, maybe these companies wouldn't get the new sims until a while after.

So upgrading might have to be the option......

Stuart.
 

toondw

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Jun 28, 2009
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Northumberland, UK
Good point! I never thought about the sim card issue. To be honest if I did buy outright I'd probably change sim supplier anyway. There are much better deals now. Giff Gaff for instance. But yeah, maybe these companies wouldn't get the new sims until a while after.

So upgrading might have to be the option......

Stuart.
You must be my twin! Similar thoughts... I have just left giffgaff to go back to a month to month contract with a 3 sim only deal. (i found giffgaff (or o2) to have poor 3g.

However I want the iPhone 5 so I may have to get it on contract which I really don't want to do as contracts cost far too much with a new release, I may just buy sim free and play with it at home without a sim in it until 3 start giving out the new sim cards to customers.....

Dilemma, dilemma........I do wish apple would just stick to a simple sim!
 

StuartMoore

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Original poster
Oct 26, 2011
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Scotland
You must be my twin! Similar thoughts... I have just left giffgaff to go back to a month to month contract with a 3 sim only deal. (i found giffgaff (or o2) to have poor 3g.

However I want the iPhone 5 so I may have to get it on contract which I really don't want to do as contracts cost far too much with a new release, I may just buy sim free and play with it at home without a sim in it until 3 start giving out the new sim cards to customers.....

Dilemma, dilemma........I do wish apple would just stick to a simple sim!
Hahaha. I think I've decided to buy it straight from Apple sim free. Surely pre paid suppliers would get the new standardised sims within a reasonable amount of time! Upgrading my contract will mean I'll still have to pay between £150-£250 for the handset. Then a monthly payment of £40 or something ridiculous like that!! :mad:

Like you've mentioned, Giff Gaff/ 3 etc seem to be the way to go here in the UK anyway.

Stuart.