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Getting The Cheapest iPhone – The 7 Ways

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iphone cheapiPhones are the best-selling mobile device on the market. They’re fast, powerful, easy to use, and pretty cool. This coolness factor is a lot of the reason that most people want to buy one, but the iPhone is a great device with good functionality too. But an iPhone comes at a price, and a pretty hefty one at that. The price tag on an iPhone puts direct buying out of reach for a lot of people. Today, we’re talking about how you can minimise the cost of buying and using an iPhone. If you desperately want a great new phone, but are not sure if you can afford it, then read on to find out how you can get the best deals on iPhones…

Don’t Go for the Best…

The iPhone 5 is great. However, the iPhone 4S is also great. In fact, there are very few differences between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S. The 5 has a bigger screen, definitely. It also has a faster processor, but in everyday use that extra processor speed isn’t really that noticeable (unless you constantly multi task and have ten apps or internet windows open). The truth is that the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S run exactly the same operating system at this point, with exactly the same features, they also have exactly the same kind of camera. But the iPhone 4S is cheaper. It really might be worthwhile going for the older model to save yourself £100, or even more with some retailers. If you don’t need the bigger screen, then seriously consider going with the iPhone 4S rather than the iPhone 5.

Sign a Contract…

Another simple and popular way of getting the iPhone without paying much up front is by signing a contract. If you’re at the end of your current mobile contract, or you don’t have a current contract, you can go to your operator, sign a new contract with a new calling plan, and walk out with a new iPhone. That iPhone might not be free, though the iPhone 4S is being offered free by some operators, and you might get lucky and get the iPhone 5 if you’re willing to sign a big contract with large monthly payments. But contract signing does mean that you get the phone right now with little to no money up front.

iPhone SIM Only Deals…

Having said you can sign a contract, if you’re more interested in long term savings rather than off the bat savings, it might be a good idea to sign an iPhone SIM only deal. The problem with signing a contract is that whilst you do get the phone immediately for little or no money down, over the course of the contract you end up paying more than the retail price of the phone. If you want to save in the long term, an iPhone SIM only deal is a better bet. You do have to pay the entire cost of the phone immediately, but your monthly bills will be a lot less. This only works if you have the cash to buy up front though.

Recycle or Trade In…

Another way that you can get savings is by recycling or trading in your old phone. There are plenty of sites online that will direct you to somewhere that will pay to recycle your old phone, and even tell you what the best deal is for you. And if you happen to have an older model iPhone, Apple will gladly do a trade in deal with you. Depending on the model and the condition of the iPhone you currently have, Apple will pay to take it off your hands. They don’t pay in cash though, only in Apple credit, so you’ll have to buy your new iPhone direct from Apple. It’s worth going to their web site and checking out how much they’ll give you for your old phone though.

Online Shopping…

Whether you decide to buy from a retail store, or want to buy from a mobile service operator, buying online nearly always gets you discounts. Because it’s cheaper for companies to do business over the internet, rather than paying for the running of a retail store and shop assistants, they encourage online shopping by offering discounts. You’ll nearly always get a better price by buying online than you will any other way.

Get a Refurbished Phone…

Refurbished phones are models that have been sold and then returned. Generally they’re returned within a few days because the buyer has changed his or her mind. The phone is then thoroughly cleaned, rebooted, and inspected before it’s certified for resale. Apple certainly sells refurbished phones, usually through their web site. Mobile operators sometimes do, though you’ll probably have to request the models and prices for what they have in stock. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to tell the difference between a refurbished model and a new one, and you can get substantial savings. Refurbished phones rarely come in their original box, and sometimes come without connectors or the original manual, but they are fully functional and cheap.

Cash Rebates…

There are sites online that will offer you cash rebates for buying phones and signing contracts. What happens is that the mobile operator offers a commission to the third party site for selling phones and contracts. The more they sell, the bigger the commission. The site will then offer part of that commission to you in the form of a cash rebate as an incentive to sign. These offers can be a little dodgy, and you definitely need to check out the reputation of the site that you’re dealing with. The offers also tend to have strict and somewhat arbitrary rules about claiming the rebate. For example, you’ll often need to send them three or four randomly chosen mobile bills (they’ll tell you something like the 2nd, 8th, 9th, and 15th) and you receive a portion of the rebate for each bill. But if you can stay on top of things and meet their requirements, then you could save money.

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