Worth it to get a IPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Tzuten, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. Tzuten macrumors 6502

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    I have an water damaged/dead iPhone 5 that I can replace at the Apple for about 290 after tax. Worth it? I can get it unlocked and I do a lot of international traveling and the 4 I used to use is breaking down. Seems like used ones are going for 300+ on craiglists.

    Or should I look into other options ? I'd like to keep in the apple ecosystem so not really interests in a low cost Android, however maybe for the right price. Thoughts ? Also would the Apple replacement be new?
     
  2. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    I'm not sure how "worth it" it is, but the replacement will probably be refurbished. The iPhone 5 was only in production for one year before it was discontinued and replaced by the 5c. A refurbished replacement can be good though since the case is new, and the internals have been checked.

    In the other hand you can get an iPhone 5s for $99 with a new contract. If you get it on Verizon, it's factory unlocked and you just have to switch out the SIM card when you travel.
     
  3. JulesJam macrumors 68020

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    Check swappa.

    http://swappa.com/buy/apple-iphone-5-unlocked/us

    Do you have an upgrade available or are you not willing to go on contract?

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    Is OP on Verizon?
     
  4. wolfaaron macrumors regular

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    If you want to get yourself into a contract you can do what has already been suggested and get a 5s from Verizon for $99 down.

    If you are considering an Android look at the One Plus One phones. They're very affordable and they have similar specs to $600 phones.

    If you don't like getting into overpriced contracts the iPhone 5 is still worth it. I had a 4s and it was still working like new so the 5 should be even better.
     
  5. andyx3x macrumors 65816

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    You can get a used iPhone 5 on Craigslist for about $200. Heck I bought a mint 5S last night for $325. I would go that route.

    What is the exact price on the refurb, $249 plus tax? Is it 16 or 32gb?
     
  6. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    I don't think they said, but they did say something about needing it unlocked for traveling. Getting a 5s on Verizon makes it easy.

    If they get a 5, they will want to make sure it's Verizon or unlocked GSM (AT&T or T-Mobile). I suppose Sprint would work too if they only need it unlocked for international, but I'm not sure I would recommend that anyone get on Sprint.
     
  7. nviz22 macrumors 68040

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/40085090335...49&var=670403378050&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    I just got one in Blue. 16 GB is not bad. I plan on using it as a backup phone.
     
  8. Ultra AleM macrumors 6502a

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    iPhone 5 is approaching its end. iOS 9 will be the last update, probably. If you can, but an iPhone 6 (or at least a 5s, but I recommend the latest model).
     
  9. Xenomorph macrumors 65816

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    I'd recommend iPhone 5C, minimum.

    Although iPhone 5S and newer are recommended.

    I would not bother with an iPhone 5 or older.
     
  10. GoingDark macrumors 6502

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    You could probably get the 5s used for the same price or slightly more, and it's a huge upgrade from the 5 internally. The 5s is also likely to get two more iOS updates, whereas the 5 would only get one more if Apple sticks to the upgrade eligibility they've had for past devices.

    I definitely wouldn't be considering an iPhone 5 at close to $300.
     

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