my poor iPhone 3GS finally died. how to proceed if i want a 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by xerenthar, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. xerenthar macrumors 6502

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    the phone that lasted through everything - a 2 story fall onto concrete, a snow drift, the on/off button breaking completely off, the home button working 1 out of 10 times, case cracks that go from the docking port to the camera... finally took its final tumble and it's done.

    i've been waiting for a 5 and want a 5. i also want to lose the least amount of money all-in.

    with a new K: iPhone 3GS $49, iPhone 4 $199/$299 + $699 for iPhone 5
    without a new K: iPhone 3G $200-250(???), iPhone 3GS $350-400, iPhone 4 $500+

    anyone in similar situations? so mad right now....
     
  2. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    I would say to not get an iPhone right now because you'll want to save your contract upgrade for the next generation one. Get a little prepaid popper phone and sit it out until the iPhone fifth gen comes out.
     
  3. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    Buy a used 3GS outright and use it till the 5 arrives.
     
  4. xerenthar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    as an addendum, i'm about to go to europe for 3 weeks, where i won't be using my phone as a phone, but i would like for the flights (iPod) and also the no-data-roaming applications that still GPS you and such things...
     
  5. wvphysics macrumors regular

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    Since no one else has asked the obvious....but how the hell does your phone have so many accidents? Are you using it to play fetch with a dog? Seriously though, is it just a lack of a case or something?
     
  6. xerenthar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    haha. i'm clumsy, but also hate cases. (if i bought one for the interim period i may actually case it to preserve resale value.) i'm not really nice to my technology, generally with the understanding i upgrade every year so it doesn't get to this point... but i got stubborn about the white iPhone 4...

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  7. aevelasquez, Aug 16, 2011
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    do what i'm doing, i accidentally broke my iphone 4 but i have an upgrade effetive 10/19/11 for the iphone 5, so get a prepaid go phone and have them activate that with your sim as a temporary phone.
     
  8. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    JEEZ your phone takes a lot of abuse. :eek:

    Do it a favor and get an Otterbox.
     
  9. xerenthar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    would that forfeit my unlimited data plan forever? :( :(

    i like the look of naked phones!
     
  10. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    One: No. Just pop in your existing SIM and it should work.

    Two: Naked Phones obviously do NOT like you though. Do it AND yourself a favor and spend the extra money to get a super case.
     
  11. emaja macrumors 68000

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    I am pretty sure that if you just pop your SIM in a different phone and do not change your plan with AT&T that all your features remain intact.

    You may be able to find a cheap phone on eBay/Craigslist to get you by.

    Not after you drop them 37 times! ;)

    YIKES!
     
  12. labman, Aug 16, 2011
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    Ok try this

    Step 1 make a Apple Appt.
    Step 2 tell the genus you are a clumsy dummy hope he take pity and exchanges it.
    step 3 if step 2 fails pay the $199 to get a replacement 3gs. this will not change your plan so you can upgrade to the 5 if you like
    Step 4 Buy a Otterbox
    Step 5 wait for the I5 or what ever it is.
    Step 6 if you get the I5 you you can get it in contract 3gs are going for around 150-225 on ebay so you will get most of your money back.
    Step 7 Buy a Otterbox

    I would get accidental insurance too if I were you.
     
  13. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Damn, that's one hell of an iPhone. Take it to an Apple Store. Maybe the genius will laugh at the extensive damage that they'll hook you up with a replacement one for free.
     
  14. xerenthar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i just called the apple store and said i broke my iPhone 3GS and that i was looking for an out of warranty replacement that will not use my upgrade and they said the only way to do that is pay for the price of the phone - 449 for 3GS, 599/699 for 4.
     
  15. labman macrumors 604

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    Fallow the Steps!!!! this is why I gave them to you. :p

    Make a Appt,don't call you are more likely to get pity or help. have you ever seen how busy Apple stores are. ;) I know people that have there iphone driving over with a truck and got it replaced for 199. just be nice when you go.

    BTW I love that you counted how many times you dropped it!
     
  16. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    See if you can get a cheap one, no point getting involved in a new contract until the 5 is out
     
  17. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

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    You have to make an appointment and go in to the store, as stated before. You may get lucky and get a free replacement, if you have a nice genius.
     
  18. xerenthar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    alright. i'm moving across the country, well, tonight, so tomorrow i'll hit up a NYC store and hope for the best. $199 would be great.
     
  19. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

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    The only fault I see is that 3GS are going for 150-225 on ebay now, once the iPhone 5 launches, the 3GS prices are going to plummet :eek:
     
  20. labman macrumors 604

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    Plummet is a big word the 3G are still going for $100-$150. 2G about $75 if he takes care of it and doesn't drop it another 37 times I would still expect him to get most of his money back.. this dude needs the Otterbox.
     
  21. Ijustfarted macrumors regular

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    You may be the clumsiest mofo on the planet. Good god....
     
  22. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    get an iPod touch?
     
  23. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    No pride of ownership. I bet your car is filthy all the time.
     
  24. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    man, every time i see a 3GS, i miss it :(

    but to answer your question OP, just take it to Apple for an out of warranty replacement. $199+tax.
     
  25. IverTHPS2 macrumors newbie

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    That's one hell of a good-looking phone, avatar!
     

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