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How do some of you pay for all these new phones?
Seems like there is always a thread or two where someone state that they are buying a new phone just few months after they got some other phone? Seems like it would cost 1000s of dollars a year to be picking up a new phone every few months. You buy off contact? Or you have 2 or 3 different contracts going at the same time?
I have 5 phones on my family plan and I still do see you some of you do it.
- 06-03-2011, 09:27 PM #2
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- 06-03-2011, 10:19 PM #5
If people put funds aside and for example skip eatting out twice a week they could on average afford a $260 phone every 3 months :PThe art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving.
- 06-03-2011, 10:21 PM #6
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- 06-03-2011, 11:31 PM #11
I've always been one to upgrade at full price if I saw a device that I wanted. However, it does get expensive but I cut the costs by selling my old device. This helps bring it closer to a reasonable price. I paid full price for my Thunderbolt so I'm planning to keep it for a while. However, I have an upgrade available in September so I could upgrade. But, I would like to save that for a phone that blows the Thunderbolt away rather than one that has minor differences. Besides, HTC Sense > MotoBlur.
- 06-04-2011, 12:26 AM #12
I've been with VZW for over 12 years now. Lately, after I hit 1 year mark, they pretty much without fail send me an "early upgrade" offer (which is pretty much the 2-year contract price as long as I agree to renew). To be honest though, I have a feeling that's a regular practice and that I'm not very "special" at all. Sometimes I wonder if it has anything to do with the amount of time I've had a contract with them, the fact that I've been an early adopter of some "cutting edge" devices, or if it's just something that pretty much everyone gets.
I went from LG Voyager --> BB Storm --> BB Storm 2 --> Thunderbolt, all within approx. a year of each other, all at the 2-year contract price, at the time of launch of those phones.
I'm not sure, but I also believe my company's "corporate discount" with Verizon makes me eligible for early upgrades as well.
- 06-04-2011, 01:43 AM #13
- 06-04-2011, 01:52 AM #14
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- 06-04-2011, 03:43 AM #15The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving.
- 06-04-2011, 04:29 AM #16
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- 06-04-2011, 04:33 AM #17
- 06-04-2011, 05:17 AM #18
Interesting thread, fund read! I keep my phone for two years because I don't have a lot of $. If I did, I'd probably upgrade even six months too!
When VZW had annual upgrades, and I qualified, I did upgrade every year at a discounted price. Only one time did I pay retail for a Nokia 3620, like $300. Then it dropped to a free phone in 2 months and I regretted my purchase. Never did it again.
I always sell my old device for $100-200 to offset the cost of a new device.
Last edited by Chrisy; 06-04-2011 at 05:23 AM.
- 06-04-2011, 06:04 AM #19
buy and sell craigslist and ebay. You generally can break about even if you swap out every 6 months. Also carrying 2 lines helps so you have an upgrade every 8-12 months~Matt
Rooted Galaxy Nexus & Rooted Nexus 4
Rooted Asus Transformer
- 06-04-2011, 06:15 AM #20
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- 06-04-2011, 07:14 AM #23
I don't buy insurance so usually keep one phone on standby in case I break something. It's usually too old to sell on ebay by the time I get another. I used to get 1 every year on annual upgrade and that's how i picked up my thunderbolt. In most cases I spent all my extra on computers and I should switch to something like guns. LOL They always go up in value and plus in Dec 2012 I might need a few.
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