Thinking about getting a new phone? You want an iPhone, but have sticker shock? If you’re on a limited budget, there are ways to help you save money in an iPhone. Here are a few tips.
1. Purchase An Older version
Used technology marketplaces often get an influx of older iPhone’s around new releases, which drives down costs. If you don’t need of the most recent iPhone release, look into purchasing an older version to save some money.
2. Pick A Smaller Phone
Larger iPhone’s with more storage capacity are somewhat more costly. You can save by picking out the smaller model with less storage space.
3. Wait For A deal
Fall is a prime time to find savings, but keep your eye out for promotions year-round.
Cell phone carriers and electronics retailers offer some of the finest iPhone deals during the holiday buying season, particularly around Black Friday. For example, Best Buy’s 2017 Black Friday sale included the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for about $200 off with qualified activation on select networks. One of the best times to buy an iPhone is in September, when new versions are usually launched and older ones are not highly sought out after. After the iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR announcement in September 2018, Apple dropped the price of the previous generation iPhone 8 from $699 to $599
4. Pick A Payment Plan
Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program spreads out the cost of the device and Apple Care+ coverage — which includes repairs and software support — over 24 months with 0% interest and permits you to turn in your present phone and upgrade to a new one after 12 payments. Monthly payments to your iPhone XS start at $49.91, so after 12 payments, you will have paid $598.92 — which is about $400 less than the phone’s retail price.
The AT&T Next Each Year strategy doesn’t include insurance, but it provides a lower monthly fee of $41.67 for the 64GB iPhone XS and you’re entitled to upgrade after paying 50% of the cost, or $499.99. With both programs, your device must be in good physical and working condition to meet upgrade requirements.
5. Purchase A Pre-Owned iPhone
Used does not necessarily mean its not a good phone. A previously owned phone that was taken care of well will have a lot of life left in it. Used or refurbished phones often have a stigma attached, but when purchased from a trustworthy seller, they are quite reliable — and economical — choices
6. Sell Or Trade In Your Old Phone
Estimate the resale or trade-in value of your device via Apple, your carrier or trusted sites like Swappa and Gazelle.If you don’t need your previous device as a backup, sell it or trade it in. You could wind up getting a few hundred bucks in money, gift cards or credit that you may apply toward a new iPhone. You may typically get more money for selling a phone rather than trading it in, but it may be more of a hassle.
Getting a new iPhone can be costly. It doesn’t have to be out of your reach though. These are 6 great option that will help you save money when purchasing your new iPhone.