Need to buy a phone...which one?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Benjamin Black, May 9, 2007.

  1. Benjamin Black macrumors member

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    OK, so I've been patiently waiting for May 31 when my contract expires so I can upgrade to "insert non iPhone here," sell it, and then, you guessed it - purchase an iPhone when released. That was until my phone goes and BREAKS IN HALF last night.

    Now faced with the prospect of no phone, I am going nuts. Honestly, what did we do before the age of cell phones? I can remember the time before them, yet still find myself tortured unmercifully without a functioning phone. I digress.

    Anyhow, the kind folks at my local Cingular have agreed to have mercy upon me and offer me the upgrade now (since it's within 30 days). So I ask you - what phone should I get now with the above intention to resell soon? The Sony W810i seems pretty nice in hand, but it's not fetching too high of a price on the open market... so what do you suggest? I don't really care about anything other than talking, iSync, and resell.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

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    Why don't you buy a throw-away phone to keep you for those two months (yes 2) instead of wasting you money on a regular/fancy one? If all you care about it talking, that's what I would do. Alternatively ask a friend or family-friend if they have a spare one lying around. Plenty of people I know have tons of old phones they never use.
     
  3. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i think this guy wants to get the nicest phone he can with his upgrade credit, so he can sell it when the iphone comes out, deflecting part of the iphone's $600 price tag.
     
  4. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

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    The money you 'make' on selling a phone is being used for an iPhone anyway - so just hold out for an iphone.
     
  5. Benjamin Black thread starter macrumors member

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    EXACTLY!!! Assuming there will be no forthcoming Cingular discount on the iPhone, seems like the best bet. And who knows, maybe I like the fancy new phone and decide to wait it out for the next generation iPhone. So either way, I want to get something solid and nice.

    As for using an older phone until... that was the phone that broke! The old one. So now I am completely without a phone. Naked as it were.
     
  6. Benjamin Black thread starter macrumors member

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    Well if I get a $200-300 phone for half that price cash, and sell it for close to it's retail value, I will have in essence subsidized the iPhone on my own (er, with Cingular's help)
     
  7. InlawBiker macrumors 6502

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    If that were the case I'd look on Ebay to see which phones have a high resale value. The Sony you mentioned does I believe.

    I did the same thing with a Blackberry - I got it for "free" after rebates, then Ebay'd it for $150.

    Just be aware that people won't pay anywhere near retail for a mobile phone, everybody knows the carriers give them away for nothing.

    Greg.
     
  8. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    That's the problem... any phone you get will not only be LOCKED, but everyone knows they're heavily subsidized, so you're really not going to get near retail, BUT, I do think you could still make some money. I would take whatever's hottest on Cingular (W810i, or the V3XX, or maybe the KRZR) and see what prices Cingular locked models are going for.
     
  9. l4t13 macrumors regular

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    blackberry pearl
     
  10. tjcampbell macrumors 6502a

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    I have an xda orbit from o2. I run missing sync and it works great. The phone is awesome. It has tomtom!!!! I use it in the car and even when walking (London is nuts). Plus I got a 2 gig memory card off ebay so I can fit tonnes of mp3's on it. It kicks ass!
     

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