Can't upgrade until August. Any other options for <$200 iPhone?
April 29, 2011 1:43 PM Subscribe
Another iPhone question. I tried to cash in on the 3Gs for $49 special today, but my contract still has 8 months on it, meaning I'm not eligible for an upgrade until mid-August. I can't afford to pay full price for an iPhone of any stripe. Do I have any options?
posted by mudpuppie to Technology (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The guy at the AT&T store said that I could:
a) Get an early upgrade for $250 (which I don't want to do)
b) Add another line to my phone for $200, to be paid out over the next two years (which doesn't make any sense, because I don't need another line)
c) Swap upgrades with someone who's eligible and doesn't plan on upgrading until August (but my partner isn't eligible until June, and no one in my family uses AT&T)
Are there any other options for getting an iPhone at less than full price? Is buying a used one off of Craigslist a horrible idea? Are there companies that sell refurbished ones for less? (And is that a horrible idea?)
Thanks for helping me work through the options. I'm not one of those people normally, it's just that I got all excited about getting one at a price I could actually afford, and now that I can't I really WANT IT.