iPhone 6(S)(+) Need an iPhone only for 6 months, would iPhone 6 be the best bang for the buck?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kendo, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I can buy an iPhone 6 for roughly $100 and only need a "loaner" for 6 months. Then I hope to buy a cheap X or XR when the new iPhones are released in September. Is the iPhone 6 the best bang for the buck in terms of me not losing any value? Even with a terrible trade-in to a carrier or the Apple Store, the iPhone 6 seems to be trading for around $75. If I go the Craigslist route, I could probably break even.
  2. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Check out Walmart or Best Buy. You can get an unlocked prepaid SE for about $120. It’s a better phone in terms of performance over a 6 and will likely retain its resale value.
  3. akash.nu macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016
    After iOS 12 iPhone 6 should still perform acceptably but I’d rather suggest a SE or a 6S at least.
  4. Minimalist_Tech Suspended

    Mar 13, 2019
    Can you clarify which prepaid SE models are unlocked? I’d be very interested in this.
  5. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I personally have no experience with the devices. I just see Walmart and Best Buy advertising them here and there.
  6. Thai macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2016
    Verizon Prepaid SE requires that you be on Verizon pre-paid service for ONE YEAR before you can change. I heard ATT Prepaid SE is more flexible.
  7. AlexJoda macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2015
    Upgraded my 6 to a XR some months ago. The reason was that the 1 GB RAM of the 6 limits it somewhat in performance and it gets a bit laggy. Apart from that it's a nice phone but the SE and the 6s did not have this problem with it's 2 GB RAM. You can also assume that the 6s or SE will be longer supported with IOS versions.
  8. MacRazySwe macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    The 6 works alright, but that's about it. I would recommend the 6S (or SE) at this point.
  9. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
  10. rugmankc Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    My wife still has a 6. Uses it all day and for playing games. No issues. If possible, I would try it out first.

    Don't recommend Craigslist for anything anymore.
  11. martin2345uk macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    Doesn’t fit his requirements in any way.
  12. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    6 months for ATT Prepaid.

    If it is just 6 months, the 6 should be acceptable for $100 on ATT or Verizon.

    It is so hard to tell with Verizon. About 18 months ago, I bought an inexpensive Moto phone on Verizon prepaid. It just took $70 (or $75) in payments to my account before it could be unlocked. I unlocked it within a week after purchase by just adding funds to my account while the phone showed up as the active phone on my account page.

    I could see it being more than $70, but unless I saw the box I wouldn't tell. Online sites don't seem to show requirements.
  13. Relentless Power, Mar 14, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2019

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    At this junction, I can’t recommend the iPhone 6 at all. I mean, is it serviceable and suitable to use for a short time? Sure, but is it worth the experience being how performs on iOS 12 and with one GB of RAM? That depends on the user.
  14. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I ended up scoring a used iPhone 6S for a little over $100. Will gladly take the A9 and 2GB of RAM for just a few dollars more.
  15. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
    For six months the 6s should do you fine. That is my work phone and it still runs fine.
  16. nviz22 macrumors 603


    Jun 24, 2013
    Make sure you can replace the battery if need be. Anything close to 80% should be replaced.

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