Who has bought an iPhone 4 from apple at full retail vs contract price?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by waloshin, Mar 13, 2011.

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Did you buy your iPhone 4 from Apple or from a carrier ?

Poll closed Apr 12, 2011.
  1. I paid the full price for the iPhone 4 through Apple's website.

    27 vote(s)
    38.6%
  2. I bought the iPhone 4 on contract from a carrier and therefor did not pay the full price.

    43 vote(s)
    61.4%
  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    #1
    Who has bought an iPhone 4 from apple at full retail vs contract price?
     
  2. redrox5 macrumors member

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    #2
    I did, however I did so because I was buying it unlocked at a Canadian store. I travel internationally frequently and it just made sense.
     
  3. xAnthony macrumors 65816

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  4. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a

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    Got it on contract. It's too expensive IMO to buy it straight from Apple.
     
  5. Weiser878 macrumors regular

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    Kind of half and half.

    I buy them on contract, but then buy another a few months later with a new contract and they (AT&T) charge me $100 more, so $299 and $399 for an iPhone 4.

    Haven't done it since 4.2.1, but previously I'd get them, unlock them and sell them to T-Mobile customers for $600, then when the option to early upgrade for a penalty came in, I'd buy another. It was an easy $300 net for a while there...
     
  6. big samm macrumors 65816

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    Bought it full price unlocked for 879,30$ Cad at the apple store ImageUploadedByTapatalk1300053037.259926.jpg
     
  7. Dandrews524 macrumors 6502

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    i paid full price, but through Verizon, not Apple
     
  8. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    #8
    One contract, one full price.
    The full price one made more sense, it was for my wife, and over the two years it would save me money on the sim only plan she is on.
    The contract one was for me, and being on a two year contract is my way of making sure I skip iPhone 5 and wait for 6 :rolleyes:
     
  9. aldo82 macrumors regular

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    I bought sim free at full price from apple in the uk. That way you can get a much cheaper monthly plan and overall the costs work out about the same, just obviously with a higher initial outlay
     
  10. vincenz macrumors 601

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    I did. It's not something I'm going to do again though. Not worth it in the long run.
     
  11. PDE macrumors 68020

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    I did the same -- now using three payg for 15 pounds/month with 300min/3000sms/genuinely unlimited data. Worth it to not be bound to 24 month contract and unlocked.
     
  12. mbprouser macrumors member

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    I did also. However I sold my Droid Incredible for $200 on eBay and my 32GB iPod touch for $275. So, $599 for the 16GB iPhone minus $475 that I earned from sales meant I paid $125 before taxes. Not too shabby I think.
     
  13. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

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    More expensive than what you will be paying on that contract?
     
  14. forcetactic macrumors 6502

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    You pay ~$400 more upfront for it. $15 200MB data from ATT for 2 years costs $360 or so. You have to save more than ~$400 by using another carrier to make it worth it.
     
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I would never pay full MSRP on an iPhone. Its not worth it to me.
     
  16. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like you sold your Droid Incredible for too little.
     
  17. mbprouser macrumors member

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    Well, I got it for free when I switched to Verizon. So, $200 is still a win in my book :)
     
  18. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. Here in the US, there really is no benefit other than not being locked into a contract. We don't get cheaper monthly plans if we pay full price rather than a subsidized price.
     
  19. trekkie604 macrumors 65816

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  20. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    The price you paid is irrelevant.
     
  21. titatom macrumors regular

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    #21
    I also bought it full price at the Apple Store in Montreal, Canada.

    I travel a lot and I believe it gets better resale price afterwards.
     
  22. diegoesk macrumors regular

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    Contract price for me.

    I was 3 months into my att contract with an iphone 4 32GB.

    verizon iPhone came out and I placed my att phone on ebay immediately. Was trying to get $650 for it with mophie juice case. Guy offered me $600 cash (i bypassed shipping fees, ebay fees and paypal fees:D)


    Later that night I stood in the freezing cold for two hours and purchased the vIphone. I never took any of the plastic off and placed it immediately into an incipio snap case.

    When the iPhone 5 comes out I will repeat the process :D
     
  23. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Full price and no regrets...would do it again in a heartbeat.
     
  24. Mr. Incredible macrumors 6502a

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    Full retail price the first time back in 2007 (what a mistake that was).

    Contract price from then on.
     
  25. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    Bought the AT&T iPhone 4 off the contract and man was it expensive. I will be getting my Verizon iPhone 4 on contract in a few weeks ;).
     

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