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Feedback and suggestions on iPhones for AT&T (prices for past generation models)

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Hi there,

I'm trying to help my parents find new phones. I am the head of an AT&T account for my family which includes both my parents. I have always had android phones and windows devices so I'm not very attached to the apple infrastructure.

However it's time to start looking at new phones for my parents. My mom is a teacher in a school district that exclusively uses apple devices. I feel like she would be more comfortable getting an iPhone and only having to deal with that ecoystem. I kind of did them a disservice by setting them up with windows phones (Dad) and gimped Android phones (Fire Phone).

She doesn't need nor want the latest iPhone and I'd rather not spend $500 plus buying something directly from AT&T or Apple.

Does anyone have suggestions on how or where to shop for iPhones? Looking at getting something like an SE or 6/6+ and buying outright if it makes more sense from a cost standpoint.

I feel like I missed the boat on the AT&T compatible prepaid deals (they can be used on plans correct?) when retailers like best buy and walmart started clearing out their stock of SE and 6/6+ phones.

Is there anywhere else I can look? What carriers and MNVO's are compatible with AT&T plans?

I would like helping her find something by the end of the week and am just looking at suggestions.

Thanks for the help and input!

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For reference Best Buy appears to have the 32GB Space Gray SE for $195 and 6 for $245. These both include $45 of prepaid airtime which we wouldn't need. IIRC this is the same price point they had around the holidays ($150 and $200 respectively) if you factor in the prepaid airtime card. Is it still possible to port over these phones to AT&T plans with no to little legwork? Could the airtime card be resold if they won't remove it from the bundle? Any thoughts?

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/at-t...Id=6178600


https://www.bestbuy.com/site/at-t...Id=6178671
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As long as your talking about the model with the A9 Processor your probably ok. You want to make sure your buying a device that's expected to get security updates for the next several years.

One thing you might consider is a phone with larger screens. I have several older relatives I help out and they started with smaller devices but have all upgraded to phones with larger screens and they find them much easier to use and read on. It might be best to go to a store with your parents if possible and have them hold them in hand and use them a bit rather then have something show up at the door step.
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As long as your talking about the model with the A9 Processor your probably ok. You want to make sure your buying a device that's expected to get security updates for the next several years.

One thing you might consider is a phone with larger screens. I have several older relatives I help out and they started with smaller devices but have all upgraded to phones with larger screens and they find them much easier to use and read on. It might be best to go to a store with your parents if possible and have them hold them in hand and use them a bit rather then have something show up at the door step.

Thanks! That is a good suggestion. I'm aware that the SE is effectively a smaller form factor of the 6 right? They both have smaller phones now so even the 6 (versus the 6+) would be an upgrade in regards to screen "real estate".

Is there a way to check which iPhone models have that "A9" processor?

Yeah I plan on going today. First to AT&T to ask a few questions about my/our account and then to a few retailers to find the best deal.

is it still possible to use AT&T prepaid phones on post paid plans?

Edit: According to those Best Buy links the 6 has the A8 Chip and the SE has the A9 chip. Is that something I should consider? The 6 is $50 more but obviously a bigger form factor
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Phones with the A9 chip (SE, 6s, etc) will continue to get updates for longer than older phones. There's a good chance that support will end for the 6/6+ some time in the next year. I would recommend going with either the SE or the 6s if possible.

FWIW, both my parents have SEs and prefer the smaller form factor. I think it looks pretty silly with the small screen and font sizes turned up, but whatever works for them.
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Can you still use the AT&T prepaid phones on postpaid plans? Guy at AT&T store said only with android phones, that apple and AT&T did something to prevent the prepaid iPhones from working on postpaid plans.
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What is your budget? You mentioned not wanting to spend more than $500, is that for 2 phones? I only say that because there's a B1G1 Free through Next on iPhone 8.
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