Should I buy a factory unlocked iPhone?
August 2, 2010 12:39 PM Subscribe
Should I buy an unlocked iPhone or remain indentured?
posted by Gortuk to Technology (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have an iPhone 3G purchased about 2 years ago, under 3-year contract with Rogers (Canada). I'd like to upgrade to an iPhone 4 which was just released in Canada, and we Canadians now have the option of buying a factory-unlocked phone direct from Apple.
For a 32GB phone, the price is $269 with an additional 3-year contract with a wireless provider or $779 direct from Apple. Paying full price from Apple is the only way to get a factory-unlocked phone.
Emotionally, being contracted to my provider for the next 4 years is intimidating, but all phone companies in Canada seem to suck equally and my plan is pretty decent right now ($30/6GB data + $25 voice).
Is there a clear financial justification to buying a phone without contract? I've read that resale value for factory-unlocked phones is higher, but not sure what the actual numbers are. I guess there's also a chance I could negotiate $X a month savings when it's time to renew my contract, which could pay for itself.
Having an unlocked phone would be fantastic when I travel, but I know I can probably do that myself (just did my 3G in 10 minutes, thanks jailbreakme.com!). What other advantages are there to a factory unlocked phone?