My Plan To Get A New iPhone Every Year...Worth It?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jonter19, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. jonter19 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Hey all,

    Been a lurker for a while and posted a few times (love the forums) but I have a quick question for you guys and gals.

    I'm a huge Apple fan. I have a MBP and an iPad. I've wanted an iPhone since they first came out but was loyal to Verizon since my entire family uses them and their service is much better in my area. I was ecstatic when the Verizon iPhone finally hit shelves this year, but my contract doesn't end until August 2011 and I'm not going to shelve out $600 for an off contract phone.

    I know the iPhone 5 is rumored to come out end of September, but I honestly don't think I can wait any longer after my contract runs up. I'm fed up with my crappy Droid and it's slow and painful software. Plus, I'm pretty stoked for iOS5 and iCloud.

    Here's what I'm thinking about doing....

    My contract runs up Aug. 2011 and my wife's ends March 2012. This means that one of us will have an expired contract each year.

    I'm thinking about going ahead and buying a used iPhone 4 from Craigslist or eBay (can probably spend anywhere from $300 to $400 out of pocket plus some PayPal credit I have). When the iPhone 5 comes out, I upgrade and give my wife the 4. When the 6 comes out next year, I use my wife's contract to get the 6, give her the 5, and sell the 4 to make up the difference. I would do this every year as the new phone came out.

    Does this seem like a workable plan? Or is it a waste of money to go ahead and buy the 4 so I don't have to keep waiting around for an iPhone 5?

    Thanks! :)
  2. tobyfarmer macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2011
    If it was me, I'd wait for the iPhone 5. As far as the rest of the plan, that's up to you. I'm no good at giving marriage advice.
  3. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    I hope your wife is getting something more out of this than your old phone.
  4. flipster, Jun 19, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011

    flipster macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2010
    It's not even worth it......... just wait for the 5 in September. It's basically the same thing as the 4, but it'd be a little faster, and have a better camera......Screen size isn't gonna change anytime soon, the selling point of the iPhone 4 is the retina display. Larger screen = worse quality. Higher resolution = different app layouts. It won't happen right now.

    Just wait, you'll be glad you did. The iPhone 4 is still an awesome phone :)
  5. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    The 4 is still gonna be like $500 online. Maybe $400 if you're lucky.

    But I buy the iPhones outright for $600 each year. If you want it that bad, just shell it out. It's just money.
  6. rick98761 macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    I do this exact thing with my wife on att. Have for 4 years. She is perfectly happy.
  7. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    While I agree it sounds more than a little unfair to me, his wife may not care about ever having the latest and greatest.

    But if she does, I foresee the OP will have hell to pay at some point. :D

    My husband and I have always alternated on who gets the new laptop every year or two. But we both picked up new iPhone 4's and original iPads last year; I swore I didn't need an iPad until he brought his home, and he swore he wasn't upgrading his original iPhone after buying the iPad...until he saw mine. LOL It really just depends on what you agree on together as a couple, not what a bunch of random people on the internet have to say about it.

    Personally, we're both loving our ip4 models and neither of us are bothering with the 4s/5, or whatever they end up calling it. My upgrade is in March, but I'll wait for the 4G/LTE/whatever capable version. The phone rumored for this fall doesn't sound like a big enough upgrade to make a move that locks me into another 18 month-2 year contract worthwhile to me.
  8. RafaelT macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2010
    Lakeland, FL
    Some of you guys need to calm down a little bit, some people believe it or not don't care about having the latest tech as long as they have nice tech. My Fiancee is that way, she doesn't care about having the latest iPhone as long as she has a good working iPhone. She is more then happy to let me use her upgrade. So don't go jumping on this guy and calling him a ****** husband until you know his situation.
  9. AlvinNguyen macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
  10. scootaru macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Why not just sell your old iPhone and pay full price for a new one. You will still be spending somewhere around the subsidized price.
  11. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2010
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    Just do what I do every year, sell your iphOne for 400-500 and then just buy the new one full price, do the same when you can up your contract and then buy the new one for 199, pocket the othe 300 :)
  12. JASApplications macrumors 65816

    Nov 24, 2010
    Scarborough, United Kingdom
    You don't need a new phone every year. Total waste of money!
  13. ratzzo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    The plan works, because it's logical. I find it completely unnecessary, as you'd also have to sell the iPhone your wife had, your wife never gets the new ones even though its her contract, and so and so...
  14. localboy28 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
  15. soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
  16. Simm0nS777 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    Northeast Ohio
    wow you guys must have some uptight wives. Mine would be more than happy, and insist for me to get the newest iphone over her because she knows how much I want it. She gets plenty of new stuff all the time, an iPhone not being at the top of her list. Chill out guys.
  17. collisos macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2011
    Hey if your wife is okay with it I say go for it. Otherwise, you might be kinda screwing her over. And the iPhone 4 is a great phone you would like it I bet.
  18. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    Why would you do that when you could not buy their policy and sell it for twice the amount privately?
  19. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    My .02 cents, this really depends on your wife.

    Is it just a phone to her? Does she care all that much about technology? Does she just want something that is handy but doesn't care about the latest?

    Cause honestly, if she were like me, I'd be annoyed I always got the hand me down phone (I'd be like, use your own upgrade to get a new phone, I want mine for the new phone that's out when my upgrade is up).

    So, I think you are the best person to answer that question. Is your wife a big techie (cause believe it or not people, female geeks exist ;) <- is one) or loves gadgets or is it just a tool to her?

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