Traded 5 for 5s? Why?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by davistld01, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. davistld01 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2008
    Springfield, MO
    If you had a perfectly good iPhone 5...why did you upgrade to an iPhone 5s or buy it outright if you weren't eligible (like me) for an upgrade?

    And, please...don't answer "because I could". Thanks! ;)
  2. kre62 macrumors 68020

    Jul 12, 2010
    Because Im selling the 5 for 450 and paid 705 after tax for the new phone. That's the same price I would have paid with an upgrade (199 + tax), and my phone is unlocked.

    The 5S is much smoother and faster, and the fingerprint unlock is money.
  3. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    Because I upgrade every year and pass my 1-year-old iPhone down to my wife. She doesn't care about having the latest and greatest (and she knows I do), so I upgrade every year. And I do it for free because a 2-year-old iPhone is always worth about $250. It just makes sense to do it.
  4. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Because I have a family share plan with the inlaws on it. Who never upgrade their phones.

    So every cycle my wife and I upgrade our phones.

    Sell our on Amazon for usually $100 each more than we paid and get new phones.

    So we get roughly $200 and 2 new phones each cycle.
    Kinda a no brainer for us.
  5. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
  6. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    - A7 processor twice as fast as the A6
    - Fingerprint sensor for easy secure unlocking
    - Longer battery life
    - Dual LED flash
    - Gold color option
    - 64 bit iOS
    - Improvements to camera quality
    - Slow motion video capture
    - Facetime HD camera
    - M7 coprocessor
    - Free iWork / iPhoto / iMovie
    - More LTE bands packed in for international travel
  7. Matt8045 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    Because it's nice piece of mind knowing you have the fastest mobile device on the market for however short lived that is. I have to get the newest iPhone every year. I love technology
  8. Iphone5preorder macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012

    'Nuff said. Next!!!
  9. troubleonline macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, Scotland
  10. rgr555 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2012
    this and i will sell my 5 for $400.
    while AT&T free upgrade to 5S is only $200
  11. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I was about to type up my answer when:

    What that guy said. Perfect.
  12. tonyy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2011
    Giving my i5 to my wife who has the 4s. Used my upgrade to get the 5s.

    Next year, I'll give the 5s to her and use her upgrade to get myself the 6.

    Win win for everyone. :)

    Staggered phone upgrades ftw.
  13. darthastuart macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2010
    On AT&T, the iPad LTE number allowed me to upgrade to the 5 last year, even though I wasn't eligible. This year, my main line was eligible.

    Next year my iPad line will be eligible again as will my wife's main line. So I hope to stay on a cycle of upgrading every year and selling the year-old tech. I can get $325 for my iPhone 5 from Gazelle and I'm about $250 out of pocket on the 5s (including tax and activation fee) so that's $75 profit which I can put toward some credit card debt. A win all around.
  14. davistld01 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2008
    Springfield, MO
    I agree with most of the list. Longer battery life is yet to be proven. My 5's battery life has decreased greatly after loading iOS7, and a longer lifespan between charges is the greatest motivation for me to trade up to the 5s now instead of waiting for the 6.
  15. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
  16. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    It's proven and even apple says so... Unless you don't believe apple specs page.
  17. kevpan815, Sep 20, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2013

    kevpan815 macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2013
    Algonquin, IL U.S.A.
    NO SOUND while PLAYING GAMES (on my IPhone 5).
  18. Dascoyne macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2013
    Palo Alto, Ca
    I switched from Sprint to Verizon.
    Verizon gave me $350 for my iphone 5 towards the purchase of a $399 iPhone 5s. Considering I still keep the cables and headphones from my old phone I don't think the new phone really cost me a cent.
  19. Doc Evils macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2011
    The longer I held onto my 5, the more value it would of lost!

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