1. kilgore walleye's Avatar
    So my 920 died a little while ago. I chugged along with it but it just wasn't receiving all calls or texts and service was almost nonexistent. I upgraded to 1520 but returned it because I was just fumbling it all the time. Then I bought a cheap 630 ($50), which I've been using to get me through until the next windows flagship, but I feel like I'm wasting my ATT upgrade. I don't plan on leaving ATT because I'm in a family plan and still have unlimited data, so I don't mind being on contract. But my contract was up in November and I feel like I'm losing money every month because I'm paying for a subsidized phone in my bill, but don't actually have a new phone. I'm also going on my honeymoon and would like a new phone with a nice camera for pics. So since it doesn't look like a new WP10 device is coming until the fall, this is my question:

    Do I upgrade to a popular/easily-sell-able phone like the iPhone 6 that would hold it's value, then sell it for $400+ on the private market when a new WP10 flagship arrives? Has anyone ever thought about doing this??
    02-19-2015 12:39 PM
  2. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    It is a wise choice if you are not going to end up spending too much! There is no exciting hardware here till Windows 10 comes in next 6 months or so.
    jmshub and xandros9 like this.
    02-19-2015 12:40 PM
  3. Blacklac's Avatar
    Not a bad idea. New iPhones seem to be the best choice for holding their value. Plus, you get to play with a different ecosystem, in Apple/iOS. It will still obviously cost you when it comes time for buying your new WP Flagship, outright. Probably $700-800. Just depends if that's worth it to you for a few months with a new device.

    Although, even though we know new flapship(s) are coming, who knows what/when AT&T will carry.
    xandros9 likes this.
    02-19-2015 12:47 PM
  4. tgp's Avatar
    I did that, although I wasn't after a WP. I wanted a Nexus 6 on Verizon, which they don't yet carry. I used my upgrade for an iPhone 6, sold it as new, and used the cash to buy the Nexus 6 outright. It worked out great!

    I sold my iPhone new, but you'll be using yours. As long as you take good care of it, you should still get a good price for it. It wouldn't hurt to put it in a case and/or install a screen protector. If, when you sell it, you can advertise as being in a case/screen protector since Day 1, you will likely get a better price.

    The iPhone's resale value is excellent. That's why I chose that for an upgrade to flip. I looked at trending sales prices and calculated that an iPhone would give me the best return.
    02-19-2015 01:07 PM
  5. hugo alberto's Avatar
    I always do the same thing: Buy a subsidized phone, sell as new and buy for myself another one and always a unlocked one.
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    02-19-2015 01:17 PM
  6. kilgore walleye's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies folks. I never thought about just buying the phone and leaving it in the box. If you sold a phone, new or used, how did you sell it? craigslist? or something like Gazelle? What kind of return did you get for it?

    When my sister got her iPhone 6 in the fall, she got a huge bill credit from ATT. Are they still doing anything like that? That would sweeten the pot even more.
    02-23-2015 01:02 PM
  7. hugo alberto's Avatar
    In Mxico I sell it as new and opened just for check guarantee. Here I sell it in mercadolibre (something like eBay and amazon). The guarantee is always with the carrier.
    02-23-2015 02:39 PM
  8. PepperdotNet's Avatar
    You're not "wasting" an upgrade if you don't use it immediately. You are saving either $25 or $15 per month on the bill, depending on how much data is on that shared plan.
    JohnStrk likes this.
    02-23-2015 02:58 PM
  9. Maaz Mansori's Avatar
    You're not "wasting" an upgrade if you don't use it immediately. You are saving either $25 or $15 per month on the bill, depending on how much data is on that shared plan.
    The $15-$25 month savings applies to the shared data plans. This person is on an old family plan with unlimited data on this particular line (not shared).
    02-23-2015 03:21 PM
  10. Blacklac's Avatar
    You're not "wasting" an upgrade if you don't use it immediately. You are saving either $25 or $15 per month on the bill, depending on how much data is on that shared plan.
    Unless something has changed, AT&T bills you "on contract" pricing unless you personally change it. Meaning, if your contract is up, you're still paying the subsidize fee unless you change your plan. So you either need to upgrade ASAP or change your plan when your contract expires.
    02-23-2015 04:36 PM
  11. kilgore walleye's Avatar
    Yes, since I'm on the old plan (and want to stay on it) my bill doesn't go down when my contract ends.
    02-25-2015 09:05 AM
  12. PepperdotNet's Avatar
    Yes, since I'm on the old plan (and want to stay on it) my bill doesn't go down when my contract ends.
    In that case, in my best Rosanne Rosannadanna voice, "never mind!"

    Considering the resale value of iPhones, it's probably a good idea.
    02-25-2015 09:49 AM

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