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  1. HollowGrapeJ98's Avatar
    The flagship phones that come out nowadays usually cost $600-$700+. So how do you manage to get your hands on them? Do you pay for monthly installments? Purchase full price? Or what?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-09-2016 01:16 PM
  2. mitul_mehta's Avatar
    07-09-2016 01:19 PM
  3. PJRed2008's Avatar
    Nope, gotta be CMS.
    07-09-2016 02:53 PM
  4. chanchan05's Avatar
    Carrier subsidy. Lol. Honestly I don't know how my carrier would be doing it, but the S7 Edge is priced at around $800 here, and I'm just paying a monthly contract of $40 for it, inclusive of the carrier services, for 24mos. Basically thats unlimited calling and texts and mobile internet for 24 mos at just $160.
    07-09-2016 04:19 PM
  5. pjwk81's Avatar
    Bought my last 4 phones outright from Amazon or direct (Nexus4, G2, G4, S7 edge). In the beginning it was to give me the freedom not to have a contract but now luckily my job gives me a new iPhone every year so I can sell it to buy my own.
    07-09-2016 04:54 PM
  6. cwbcpa's Avatar
    I buy most of my phones on Swappa.com. I let someone else pay full price and then I'll get it for at least a couple hundred less on Swappa depending on how old the phone is.
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    07-09-2016 07:43 PM
  7. tracypagedotnet's Avatar
    Verizon has a plan where you pay monthly installments until you reach 75% paid off then you qualify for an upgrade. I'm essentially leasing my phone with the option to upgrade when ever I want (assuming I have the money to pay off 3/4th the value of my current device)
    07-09-2016 09:26 PM
  8. Morty2264's Avatar
    I definitely do monthly installments with my carrier. I've sometimes wondered about doing an unlocked deal, but I don't think I can justify such a big purchase. I'd rather pay less over a longer period of time to equal up to the same price.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-09-2016 09:30 PM
  9. Sergiusz Jasper's Avatar
    Kijij mainly for me, but will usually grab a new one on contract when I have my upgrade then sell it and get what I want, also trades are good way of trying different phones.
    Tho this time when contract over I will stay on month to month cos one can save money plus I find used flagship phones can be bought cheaper used.
    07-09-2016 11:04 PM
  10. Alanhd's Avatar
    I buy my phone outright unlocked, I've never had a contract and never will.
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    07-10-2016 03:27 AM
  11. tube517's Avatar
    I buy refurbished/used from Swappa, Ebay, and Amazon. I never get brand new flagships.
    07-10-2016 07:52 AM
  12. cbreze's Avatar
    I buy my phone outright unlocked, I've never had a contract and never will.
    Same here
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    07-10-2016 12:30 PM
  13. libra89's Avatar
    I buy them unlocked when the price drops a bit. B&H Photo is one of my favorite places. If they don't have the phone and I really want it, I buy from sellers (Ebay, Amazon) that I can return the phone to, with ease.

    My iPhone is the oddball, bought a 5s for low, and traded it in to get that direct discount from the Apple Store (with the SIM-free version of course).

    Ever since I left Verizon, I don't bother with contracts.
    07-10-2016 06:23 PM
  14. Almeuit's Avatar
    The flagship phones that come out nowadays usually cost $600-$700+. So how do you manage to get your hands on them? Do you pay for monthly installments? Purchase full price? Or what?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Usually through the carrier store -- or Swappa.

    BTW .. Nice avatar, Ryuko-San! .
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    07-10-2016 09:38 PM
  15. rdubmu's Avatar
    I finance it through tmobile. There is no contract, and once I pay off the phone I can get it unlocked. The other thing is by financing it at 0%. With inflation, my money is worth more now. I would rather pay it down later.
    07-10-2016 10:50 PM
  16. Gbsa's Avatar
    EBay, never paid full price
    07-11-2016 07:15 AM
  17. Alanhd's Avatar
    Here's a question for those that buy used. I would be wondering what's up with the phone to make them sell. Has anyone had bad experiences buying used.
    07-11-2016 07:42 AM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    Here's a question for those that buy used. I would be wondering what's up with the phone to make them sell. Has anyone had bad experiences buying used.
    It depends. Most people who sell on Swappa usually are willing to tell why they are selling and they are individuals. As for companies on the other hand, most of the used stuff sold is usually customer returns for possibly anything, but the big thing is that it didn't work in their area, or they didn't like it. For some phones, they were even store demo units that have never been activated.

    I haven't had any bad experiences personally. For individuals, feel free to ask questions. For me, I feel more comfortable ordering through Swappa and Ebay (read feeback, very important!) Companies sell on Ebay too, just always be sure to read feedback.
    07-11-2016 09:04 AM
  19. tube517's Avatar
    Here's a question for those that buy used. I would be wondering what's up with the phone to make them sell. Has anyone had bad experiences buying used.
    Swappa sellers have various reasons.

    - They are upgrading.
    - They didn't like the phone but still in great or good condition.
    - They are getting rid of older phones/tablets because they are just lying around.
    - They need the money.
    - They want to sell on a reputable site and not deal w/hassle of Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc.


    That's just some I can think of right now.

    It's just like selling anything else. Swappa is a very good site and highly recommended
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    07-11-2016 09:18 AM
  20. libra89's Avatar
    Swappa sellers have various reasons.

    - They are upgrading.
    - They didn't like the phone but still in great or good condition.
    - They are getting rid of older phones/tablets because they are just lying around.
    - They need the money.
    - They want to sell on a reputable site and not deal w/hassle of Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc.


    That's just some I can think of right now.

    It's just like selling anything else. Swappa is a very good site and highly recommended
    I second this. Also some people do sell phones that were never opened, got my most recent phone from someone there who never opened the phone.
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    07-11-2016 09:56 AM
  21. cwbcpa's Avatar
    I second this. Also some people do sell phones that were never opened, got my most recent phone from someone there who never opened the phone.
    I can back up what has been said as to why people sell. There are a number of reasons and I have not had a bad experience buying and I've bought and sold a lot. I just bought the S7E brand new and about $250 less than retail on Swappa.com.
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    07-11-2016 10:53 AM
  22. dpham00's Avatar
    I do it the old fashioned way and buy on service contract. Bought at release and paid $100 ar plus free vr.
    07-11-2016 05:46 PM
  23. NexusGirlX's Avatar
    Except for the early days of the iPhone when you had to do two year contracts, I have bought every phone since then outright since I've been on T-Mobile. I hate having monthly payments. I still have every phone that I have bought since the Nexus 4, I don't sell them. I still use all of them except for that Nexus 4.
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    07-11-2016 06:38 PM
  24. Wizzy's Avatar
    All my phones are purchased outright. Considering that I'm paying $20 per month for 3GB of data and voice for PAYG, I'm happy getting a bloat-free, unlocked phone.

    Posted via the Android Central App from my S7 edge
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    07-11-2016 07:10 PM
  25. rockitdog23's Avatar
    Swappa.com. I love it!
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    07-12-2016 07:00 AM
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