Want to buy iPhone 4...buy now or wait for next iPhone launch ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rak007, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. rak007 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    I am planning to buy an iPhone 4. My wife already has one. I feel iPhone 4 will suffice my needs and I don't really need the 4S or the next iPhone.
    So should I wait for the next iPhone to be launched and then try finding the iPhone 4 on eBay etc ? Or buy now itself ? Can I expect prices of iPhone 4 to further drop after next iPhone launch ?
    I want minimum 16 GB so the 8GB won't really cut through. Also what is the going rate of used iPhone 4 as of now ?
    And last and most important I need the phone to have a real unlock as the phone will be used outside USA.
  2. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Definitely wait, the influx of 4/4S sales should drive the price down a bit. Nothing drastic, maybe £30ish.
  3. HishamAkhtar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2011
    Anyone know how much an iPhone 4 costs nowadays?
  4. iBreatheApple, Aug 19, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2012

    iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    8GB only, black or white. $99 on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.
  5. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Wait. It's only a few weeks and the price has nowhere to go but down.
  6. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007

    Depends on your disposable income or upgrade status.

    Personally I purchase my iphone's outright.

    I now have £500 awaiting the next release in hope it ticks the right boxes for my wants , needs and expectations.

    If your gonna stick on a present iphone choice then i would suggest the iPhone 4s, for speed and longevity, ref updates etc.
  7. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
  8. rick98761 macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    Just a word of advice. The 4 may suit your needs now. But it's already being left out of features like turn by turn maps in iOS 6. If you are going to use it for a while you may be better off at least getting the 4s.
  9. HishamAkhtar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2011
    Is that a subsidized price? I mean to buy a used one out-right.
  10. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    Those are subsidized prices.
  11. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    I think its $50 at bestbuy
  12. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    The prices for non-subsidized phones are on the same page.
  13. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I'd wait (which I normally don't say, usually you should buy what you need), the price point for the 4S will drop (presumably) to what the 4 is now, so you could buy a super cheap 4 or buy a 4S for what you were planning on spending anyway.
  14. SR71 macrumors 68000

    Jan 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    These are two very important points that you should definitely think about before springing for an iPhone 4.

    Not to mention the speed difference between an iPhone 4 and a 4S. I have an iPhone 4 because I didn't want to upgrade to the iPhone 4S last year when the rest of my family did because I wanted to wait for the iPhone 5 (or whatever it's called). My iPhone 4 constantly lags, Safari crashes when I have too many tabs open, apps can take a while to load, the camera takes considerably longer than the iPhone 4S's camera to load while also taking worse pictures and video than the iPhone 4S, it freezes up, etc. Compared to my iPhone 4, my sisters 4S FLIES. It never lags, all the animations are buttery smooth, apps load quickly, the camera loads very fast and takes excellent picture and video (not to say the iPhone 4 doesn't, because it does), etc. All of these little annoyances on the iPhone 4 can make it feel slow, laggy, and can cause some frustration (especially when apps that take a long time to load finally load and then crash).

    And when the price of the iPhone 4S drops down to $100 when the next iPhone is announced, it'll be an even better deal than the iPhone 4. Like the poster above me said, the iPhone 4 is already starting to receive less and less features of newer versions of iOS; for example, in iOS 6, the iPhone 4 doesn't get turn-by-turn maps or Facetime over 3G like the iPhone 4S and the next iPhone will. This will continue to be the case when iOS 7, iOS 8, etc. are released.

    Just some food for thought. Good luck! :)
  15. HishamAkhtar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2011
    Sorry the reason I'm asking is because I'm considering selling my unlocked phone but seeing as I've never done it before, I'm not too sure of the rates...
  16. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    An 8GB iPhone 4 is $549 unsubsidized.
  17. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    It seems possible that Apple will finally drop the 3GS from the US market when the next iPhone comes out. Why sell 4 versions at once?

    Other than, possibly, the prepaid market or overseas.

    So the 4 should drop in price to take it's place.

    I'm going to give my iPhone 4 to my brother in law soon, and buy the new phone. It has been over 25 months, so I'm eligible for subsidy.
  18. rak007 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    I know everyone is mentioning that 4S will be better and I do concur that.
    Just that apple navigation might never come to my home country India where the phone will be used and I don't see myself using FaceTime. Also I will have to buy one with a real unlock.
    I hope what you all are saying is true that 4S will see a price drop in used market as I too would prefer the newer version. Just that I have read that 4S has worse battery than 4.
    But if the price is not enticing I would still go with iPhone 4 as I personally am satisfied with its performance. I am patient with opening of apps and camera loading and stuff and 720p video is ok for personal needs.

    Btw how reliable are those eBay listing where they claim to get an iPhone a real unlock from AT&T for under 20$ ?
    Are they genuine ? Because if they are then I can further save some money by buying locked iPhone and using that eBay thing and get it unlocked.

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