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Looking for a good iPhone upgrade strategy
August 22, 2019 at 12:22 PM
- I have a 128GB iPhone 7 with a broken audio component. It renders the device useless as I can't make any phone-calls, record videos, use Siri, etc.
- When trading-in, Apple will credit this phone for $200, which would be more than I'd get selling it in eBay, etc. (esp. with the audio issue)
- Furthermore, repairing the phone will cost as much as it's worth
- I'm currently subscribed to a pay as you go cheap mobile plan - 3GB of data and unlimited calls\texts for $25 (before tax)
- I suspect the trade-in value of the phone will drop to $100 once the new iPhone is announced
- I can wait until the end of September, which is usually when pre-ordered iPhones are shipped, but no longer than that
- Finally, assuming the rumors about the iPhones are true, this model will not have 5G network, which is something I'd really want to have. Since I don't intend to upgrade my phone every year, I was thinking about enrolling into the iPhone upgrade program, which means I'd have to sign up with one of the largest carriers.
- I guess another important data point to mention is that Family plans are irrelevant for me
Thanks for reading so far - I understand it's impossible to predict what kind of promotions the carriers will offer, but assuming it will be similar to previous years, what's the best route for me?
1. Enroll to one of the carriers in a solo program + an upgrade path
2. Trade-in with Apple (I can probably talk to them and lock the $200 trade-in value) and then sell the device when the 2020 model comes out
3. Switch to Android?
Thanks for your advice!
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