Need a 'hold over' phone until September - advice please

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  1. SueyMac macrumors newbie

    SueyMac

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    Hi All,

    My husband dropped his 5S and smashed the screen. We need something to get him through until the new phones are available in September. Can he just go to Walmart and buy a pay as you go phone to use until he can get a 6S? He would just need to put his SIM in the pay as you go phone?

    We're with ATT by the way and his iphone is not under contract any longer.

    Thanks for any help!!
     
  2. Bacong macrumors 68020

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    What network are you on?

    Also, consider just having the screen repaired at an Apple Store and sell the 5s after -- you'll make money.
     
  3. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020

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    Yep, get a cheap AT&T GoPhone and use it for a month.
     
  4. Flow39 macrumors 68000

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    Repair the screen on the 5s or buy a Moto G, if you want to use Android.
     
  5. Bacong macrumors 68020

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    yeah, any GSM phone will work. So if your husband can handle a month with a much worse phone, just get a gophone for like 10 bucks. Otherwise scour craigslist or ebay, you can get him something different and interesting for not much money.
     
  6. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Honestly, buy a new screen off eBay which isn't that much I think, and repair it. IFixit has good instructions and just take your time. It doesn't hurt to try since the screen is broken.
     
  7. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    I agree here. Either take it to your local Apple Store and get the screen repaired (then sell the phone when you get the 6s), or just buy a Moto G to hold him over until he can get the 6s.
     
  8. grifftaur macrumors regular

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    Get a cheap AT&T phone at Wal Mart or Target. You may have to go to AT&T and ask them to give you another SIM Card as cheap phones will use a different size sim card. I dropped my iPhone 4S in water a few years ago. Managed to save it with a bowl of rice. While waiting out the 3 days I bought a dumb phone for $20 at Target. My suggestion is to always have a back up phone in case something happens to your main phone.
     
  9. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Dropped my phone two weeks ago. Screen is easily 100 pieces. Placed clear packing tape over it and it still works. Had an old Iphone3 in drawer and now using that until new phones come out and will buy one via Next.
     
  10. SueyMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    SueyMac

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    nostresshere - that's what my husband did for now. Put some kind of clear hospital tape over the screen. I think he can make it with that for a month or so. Then get a 6S and maybe get the 5S repaired and sell.

    Thanks for the advice, guys!
     
  11. Nyy8 macrumors 6502a

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    What about one of those shady mall "We Repair Phones!!" things for like $60 or so.
     
  12. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Yea, the tape thing works pretty good. Stupid me covered the speaker hole at first. When I pulled up the tape to uncover it, a few pieces of glass came as well. LOL!

    As to repairing it myself. I am pretty handy, but discovered if you damage a cable in the process, the phone is toast.
     
  13. Bako-MacAddict macrumors 68000

    Bako-MacAddict

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    Look on craigslist, I just recently bought an iphone 5s for $225 for at&t. And when the 6S comes out I could easily for -200-230 and get my money back. You can easily do the same thing : )
     

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