Replace a 5S with a 5S...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by StarShot, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. StarShot macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I know what I just wrote with the above title. My wife has the 5S which is coming up on the end of the 2 year contract. She ONLY wants to replace it with another 5S as she thinks the IP6 is just too big for her various pockets. Does anyone know if the 5S will again be offered when the 6S debuts?

    I was just on the ATT site and don't see the 5S offered anymore. I'm not going to waste my breath telling her she needs the IP6 or better yet, a 6S.

    Reminds me of an old saying, "You can always tell a Marine, but you can't tell him anything". Substitute "Marine" for anything else, but I think you get my drift. I would have used "Woman", but I don't want to start a FLAME war.

    My apologies to any Marine.
     
  2. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    The iPhone 5s is basically an iPhone 6 with a smaller screen, so I think there is nothing wrong about wanting another one if that size is the preferred one. However, there is a chance that in September the device be replaced. We've yet to see what the "C" series phone will be this time around. It might be worth waiting to find out.

    If nothing changes and the lineup is the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 5s, then it could be worth it if she upgrades to the iPhone 6s, continue to use her iPhone 5s (perhaps change the battery?), and then sell the iPhone 6s for profit. Is this something that she would consider?
     
  3. StarShot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Andres, but she is DEFINITE that she doesn't want a bigger form factor than her 5S. My guess is that the 5S will not be available after the new one comes out.
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You should still be able to find 5S models for sale.
    Maybe refurbished, slightly used in good shape etc....
     
  5. braddick macrumors 68040

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    I was just at AT&T yesterday and right next to a blue iPhone5C (8GB) was the various offerings of the 5S. Perhaps your AT&T was just out.
     
  6. Sam5281 macrumors member

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    Is the iPhone 5s really just like the 6?

    Currently have the 5s love it for size its perfect. But I think the camera shoots better pictures on the 6
     
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3

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  8. wproct macrumors 6502

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    I don't blame her at all, makes perfect sense to me! Of course I'm a huge 5s fan.
     
  9. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    Most likely it will still be offered, and even if Apple replaces it with a 6C it won't be hard to find one. But what is wrong with her current 5S that she wants to replace it with another one, if it still works fine then keep it. Most carriers now have cheaper plans if you don't get a subsidized phone, and if you happen to be on an old plan that it is still cheaper to get a subsidized phone than to keep your old phone then see what the most expensive phone you can get free on a contract is, get that and sell it while keeping your 5S.
     
  10. geta macrumors 6502a

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    Out of curiosity, why she want to replace her beloved 5s for a new one ? is it broken or defect...?
    or just for the shake of having new phone after 2 years...?
     
  11. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    She wants to lock in a 2 year contract with the same phone?? What's wrong with keeping the phone with a much cheaper plan?
     
  12. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    For the most part, yes. In terms of performance, the iPhone 6 is the first iPhone since the iPhone 4 that does not double the performance of the previous generation (plus no change in RAM, either). As for the camera, there is not a big difference between them, considering that both have 1.5um pixels and f/2.2 apertures.
     
  13. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Try the ATT site again. I immediately see iP5s, both new and "certified like-new"

    But, other than the contract expiring, why the sudden rush? No phone suddenly stops working as the contract expires - but any wireless provider will certainly start reminding you that you "need" to spend more money with them, and quickly replace your 'phone for more money (to them :D ), and no mention of the fact that you can just continue using your present 'phone.
    If you are just replacing with the identical model, then why not just keep using your present 'phone?

    You might remind your wife that the iPhone 5s does not support ApplePay. I suspect that Apple will try to provide only iPhones that support ApplePay in the future. Perhaps they will continue to have a smaller screen model, so maybe wait until September to get a better idea about what Apple might be doing with the next iPhone.
    Until then, your wife's phone is out of contract, so you can replace with (whatever) any time you like - or continue using what you have.
     
  14. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    I recommend going to an Apple store/Apple website. I have never purchased any iPhone through any carrier as Apple always as stock, knowledge of the product.
     
  15. rockitdog macrumors 68020

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    Check Apple and you may be able to upgrade directly from them. Perhaps some AT&T stores will have them. I know my local AT&T stores still sell them.
     
  16. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Why would she replace it at all? There's no reason to get the same phone and lock into a contract when AT&T will offer a lower price without the contract.
     
  17. TheKevinFang macrumors member

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    Stupid thread, tell her to stick with her current driver... Perfect solution.
     
  18. TechFann macrumors member

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    Well they both have Touch ID,and an 8 MP camera that has many of the same functions but the iPhone 6 has slight improvements in its camera over the 5s. The 6 however has a faster processor, a better screen, and NFC for Apple Pay, which the iPhone 5s doesn't have.

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/compare/
     
  19. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816

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    No it's really not at all
     
  20. techspin macrumors 6502a

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    What's wrong with her current phone? If my <insert almost any product> works fine, I'm not going to replace it with the exact same model once I pay it off. Better yet, you should use her upgrade and get the 6S to take advantage of her subsidized phone plan.
     
  21. wproct macrumors 6502

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    Hey, I look at it this way. If she really likes the 5s, get the new one. She could then sell the old 5s, or better yet, what I would do is keep the old 5s for a spare if her current phone or her husband's phone gets damaged. That way you don't have to carry an insurance plan on the new phone. Just saying.
     
  22. chrfr macrumors 603

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    This is an expensive way to have insurance (which is what you're doing by keeping the old phone as a spare.) AT&T lowers the monthly bill if you aren't paying off a subsidized phone (and the phone can be unlocked so it's easy to go with another cell provider.) You might as well just use your existing phone until it breaks, and then if that happens, get a new one. There's no financial scenario where it makes sense to replace the existing phone with another of the exact same thing.
     
  23. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    May sound a silly question, but why change phones at all? Seems rather counterproductive to replace it for the sake of it for something that your wife doesn't like as much.

    You could consider replacing the battery, but apart from that why not just hang on to it for another year?
     
  24. nordique, Jul 14, 2015
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    I think he meant with respect to how "fast" and "powerful" the phone is, in which he is accurate - the 6 is not improved in performance in any significant way. Its only about, on average, 30% faster, which is very small relative to other performance increases seen before between recent iPhone generations. While it is correct that the 6 has a faster processor, it is only slightly faster. It is perhaps a testament to the 64 bit design apple introduced with the 5s, or philosophy with the A7 to A8 design. As far as the chipset goes, it is indeed a pretty weak upgrade from a 5s, never mind it still came to shelves with a disappointing 1GB of ram which has met with challenges for 6 plus users specifically.

    As far a features, the 6 does have better and improved features especially if one considers the larger screen and battery as integral features. The wifi is a big one, as I find that ac wifi is very fast. The Camera is also improved and that is a big selling point for many users. Apple pay is not something I personally care for, but it is shaping up to be the future of how to pay and those who use the service often really seem to love it for its ease of use and simplicity. So for others that can also be a big feature.

    The take away point is that most people who moved to the 6 were coming from the 4, 4s and 5, to which the 6 is a very large improvement spec wise

    For a 5s user however, it is not a big upgrade especially in terms of performance. The 6 by itself is still a very powerful phone, just relative to the 5s it is not a big performance upgrade.
     
  25. nordique, Jul 14, 2015
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    nordique macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly, I was going to ask this - OP, what is the purpose of getting a new 5s?

    Does she want more storage space? Is it broken?

    Otherwise, if the phone is in great condition and works fine...what's the point in getting another one on a new contract? Might as well just keep this phone and let the contract expire, and then she'll have a cheaper monthly bill (there's usually a discount when one is no longer on contract)
     

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