Which Deal is Best?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jsteg94, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. jsteg94 macrumors newbie

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    iPhone 5C (16gb) for $350
    OR
    iPhone 5S (64gb) for $600

    Both phones are used in mint condition.

    I just need something to hold me over until the iPhone 6. At that time, I will be selling the other phone, so resale value is an important factor. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    5C is better deal. U can probably resell it for around $250, maybe $300 at iPhone 6 launch.

    64gb iPhone 5S. Judging from 64gb iPhone 5 resells last September. People on these boards had hard time selling for around $500.

    It may be a wash with the $250 spread difference. GB doesn't return the same full value.

    Again it depends on local markets and the timing of the resells.
     
  3. jsteg94 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, aneftp. I think you're right.. For a $250 difference, it's probably a wash.

    I also have the option of a 5S (32gb) for $515. That would make it a $165 difference. Better, but I'm leaning towards the 5C still.
     
  4. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I I were you I would get the 5s 32 gig. But if you feel it's best to go with the 5c do that.
     
  5. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Why don't you just get an iphone 5, if you want to spend the least amount of money?
     
  6. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    All things being equal. iPhone 5c most likely has more warranty left vs iPhone 5 come Sept 2014.

    iPhone 5c guaranteed to have bands that support tmobile and ATT lte and HSPA BANDS.. Remember iPhone 5 didn't support tmobile HSPA bands until April 2013. Even though apple sold them as the same A1428 model.
    Apple didn't enable the 1700/2100 bands for those models sold before April 2013.

    These can be big resell points for tmobile users with spotty lte coverage but solid HSPA coverage. Or else they drop down to edge with the old iPhone 5.
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I'd take the 5c if you're just planning on using it until the iPhone 6 comes out.
     
  8. jsteg94 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate all of your responses and the respective insight from the differing perspectives.

    Aneftp answered I7guy's question perfectly as to why I'm not interested in the iPhone 5. I'm a T-Mobile user, and the lack of support for the 1700/2100 bands is a non-starter for me. I've also found (on Swappa, at least) that the iPhone 5's prices are comparable if not more expensive than the 5C.

    The 64GB 5S is awfully tempting, but I'm think you guys are on the right idea with the 5C. --While it's not cutting edge, it should be good enough to get me through the next 6 months until Apple releases the 6.
     
  9. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Kind of interesting the last sold price on swappa for a 5s is $610. Dont know the memory though.
     
  10. jsteg94 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ^Yep. That was the one.
     
  11. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    I'd agree that the 5C is the better option here. For whatever reason, I've noticed that when selling an iPhone you tend to take a bigger loss on a model with more memory. It's great for buyers, but not so good for sellers.
     

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