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

    Mar 28, 2006
    Dalls, TX
    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.

  2. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2005
    the Netherlands
    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


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    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


    Oct 23, 2006
    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

    Mar 28, 2006
    Dalls, TX
    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

    Mar 28, 2006
    Dalls, TX
    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

    Apr 6, 2007
    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.

  8. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    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

    Oct 15, 2006
    blackberry pearl
  10. tjcampbell macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2006
    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!

Share This Page