My iPhone upgrade plan

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ToyotaGuy23, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. ToyotaGuy23 macrumors newbie

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    Recently, I have had some great luck with my phones and AT&T plans, so I thought I would share. Sorry if this is a repost.

    I stopped into a Radio Shack for a set of $2 wire clips, and somehow the subject of the iPhone came up. I had no idea that I could trade in my phone with them.

    My wife's 8GB iPhone 3G was purchased at AT&T right after the 3GS launch for $99. After 2 years of use, several scratches, two large cracks in the back, and a loose home button, Radio Shack gave me $125 toward a 16GB iPhone 4 upgrade. So that was pretty awesome.

    My 16GB 3GS is in even worse shape than hers; it has a small crack and a 2" scratch in the screen. The current trade in is at $185 towards an iPhone 4 upgrade. So that leaves me with an iPhone 4 for only 15 bucks.

    Also, I learned that there is an early upgrade option as soon as 6 months. So worst case scenario, if I upgrade to an iPhone 4, and the 5 is something that I just have to have, it will cost me $450 (at 6 months) but I can sell my phone privately and it won't be too bad of a financial hit.

    What do you guys think about it?

    Edit: I originally posted in the wrong section. Sorry.
     
  2. ACHAMED macrumors member

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8G4 Safari/6533.18.5)

    What I do is every year before wwdc, I sell my iPhone for what its worth (average around $500) then I just use my back up till the new one comes out, then I buy the new one for 200 and have around 300 in my pocket.
     
  3. victorvu macrumors member

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    I think when iphone 5, which design really hypes people up, comes out, price & demand of iphone 4 will gradually decrease. but then, it's well-worthed months of your iphone 4 usage :D go ahead and grab that iphone4 you craved for.
     
  4. vincenz macrumors 601

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    I don't know where you're located where you can sell the previous year's iPhone for $500 right before the new one comes out, but I'd sure like to live there.
     
  5. TheyCallMeSaint macrumors regular

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    Actually, if you sell it as Jailbroken and Unlocked, it goes for insane amounts of money. I think I remember one guy saying he sold his unlocked 3GS for $650 after the i4 came out.
     
  6. gdjsnyder macrumors 6502a

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    The lowest I have ever received for an old iPhone (after a new one is announced) had been above $450. Mind you, I don't sell mine until I have the new one, so I usually launch the day of or after launch day. I got $495 for my 3Gs on June 26th.
     

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