iPhone dilemma

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by spice weasel, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    Here's the deal. My employer just announced that it will no longer be paying for our cell phones or plans, effective at some yet-to-be determined point in the near future. We will be given the option to purchase our current phones from them and to port our numbers to our own account.

    I have a 32gig iPhone 4 that is two years old. It works fine. They want to charge me $150 to keep the phone.

    I also have an old iPhone 3 that still works that is mine.

    Do I:

    1) Spend a bit more and get the iPhone 4s (probably the 16gig model for $200), and then forgo the possibility of getting a subsidized iPhone 5 whenever they are released?

    2) Pay the $150 and keep my current phone, thereby allowing me to get the iPhone 5 for the subsidized price when it comes out?

    3) Pay nothing and revert to my iPhone 3 for the time being and hope that the iPhone 5 is released sooner rather than later?

    Will I even be eligible for a subsidized iPhone if I'm already into my contract but haven't bought an iPhone through my cell carrier yet? I assume that it would just restart the clock on my plan. If so, then I'm leaning towards option 3.

    What would you do?
  2. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    You can probably sell the 4 for that much, so it might be worth it. I wouldn't jump into a 4s with contract 3 months before the next one comes out, though. Not when you have 2 choices that will work for awhile.
  3. lostngone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2003

    If at all possible I would do what it takes to hold out until the 5. Otherwise you will have to pay a lot more for the 5.
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    If you want recommendations then help those to help you. Post your needs/wants/priorities. Polling isn't the way to determine what's best suited to you.
  5. skywalkerr69 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2011
    New York
    Pay the $150 for it, sell it when the 6th gen iPhone comes out this fall.
  6. spice weasel thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    Thanks for the suggestions to buy the iPhone 4 now and sell it later. I hadn't thought of that.

    I've since received word that I might be able to hold on to my current phone through the summer, which hopefully will get me closer to the rumored iPhone 5 launch. I agree that getting the 4s is a bad idea.

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