iPhone dead after swim - cheapest way to get a new phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by travod, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. travod, Jul 26, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 27, 2015

    travod macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2013
    I have the SIM card and I just want another iPhone 5C to throw it in and act as if nothing happened. Why the **** do phones without contracts cost $450 on the Apple website? Where can I pay $100 to get a phone?
  2. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    Swappa.com, craigslist, Gazelle, or even ebay? I would check out those sites and see if you can get one for your budget.
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Bring it to Apple and pay the out of warranty replacement fee.
    They'll give you another one for $329.
  4. bhayes444, Jul 26, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 27, 2015

    bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    They cost that much because that's what Apple deems they're worth. Since you don't like that, then do as Shadowbech suggested and go to eBay, Swappa, etc. and buy a used phone.
  5. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    iPhones don't cost $199, that's a subsidized price. Out of contract price is $649 (even higher in Europe where the 6 starts at €699).
  6. travod thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2013
    I said new phone but meant just a replacement. Why doesn't Apple sell refurbished phones?
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    They do, as noted above, it will cost you 329 to get your water damaged phone replaced with a refurb
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    That is what I would do. Don't have to worry about being scammed.
  9. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    For the 5c, it's $269.

  10. travod thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2013
    Thanks for the replies everyone. Next question is, if I buy a used iPhone and make sure that the activation lock is off according to https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/ - is the phone completely in the clear? Can it still be reported stolen even if the lock is off?
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    It can be reported as stolen to the carrier, even after you have activated and been using for some time, which is unrelated to Activation Lock or anything like that. Unfortunately there isn't much that you can do to truly know for sure that something like that might not happen when getting a used phone.

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