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MacManiac102

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Hey guys.

First off, I have looked at this site just about every day. Even though I haven't posted here, this has been a great source of info.

So, my goal is to get an iPhone. I am a die hard Apple fan! I own a MacBook and a 30gb iPod with video. Yet, I do not have the luck that some have to be able to get an iPhone as soon as they come out.

When Steve first announced the iPhone, I was all really hyped up but there are a few things in my way:

1. I am on Verizon
2. I am a 15 year old short on money at the moment

So I mainly need advice on what I should do. Break the Verizon contract? (I just over a year into my 2 year contract) Or wait for better iPhones next year. Just mainly, what should I do?

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MacManiac102

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Hah

Sure I have. Hold on, I have thought about getting a constant job but currently I referee soccer for $15 each wreck game and I do yard work for $10/hr.

I have looked into getting jobs at like Staples when I turn 16 but most places have gone to 18!

I have also thought about bugging an Apple store manager to letting me on the team when I am 16 also. :)
 

gcvt

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First off, no one knows if there will be a better iPhone next year.

A 4GB iPhone and breaking your Verizon contract is going to run you about $725 or so after taxes. An 8GB will run you about $825.

Sell some stuff...like your iPod? Get some paid work around the house? Get a part time job? Beg on the streets?

Not really sure what your question is. If you can't afford it now, you'll have to wait.
 

MacManiac102

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I guess the main thing I am getting at is should I break the contract, get money and buy one now or wait?

Apple is famous for coming out with something that is better really fast. I bought my MacBook and in like 2 days they updated the whole line to faster speeds and such. I expect another iPhone next year.
 

cdodkin

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I guess the main thing I am getting at is should I break the contract, get money and buy one now or wait?

Apple is famous for coming out with something that is better really fast. I bought my MacBook and in like 2 days they updated the whole line to faster speeds and such. I expect another iPhone next year.
you could wait for ever...

The 'next version' will always be over the horizon, will always be better, and will always be followed by a next version....
 

MacManiac102

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Save that $800... you'll need it when you turn 18 and your parents put you out. ;)
You sound like you speak from experience. :)

Unfortunately I am not smart enough to save money when it comes to getting the next Apple thing. It isn't my fault they came out with something this revolutionary already.

Just kidding...
 

kisstine

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Is breaking your Verizon contract *really* an option? I'm guessing, at 15, that your parents are paying that bill and doubt they'd support that decision even if you came up with the money. I wouldn't let my kids do it.
 

MacManiac102

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They are not fond of it but...

Does the early termination fee drop as time passes? Say like I break my contract 6 months early instead of a year isn't it less?

If that were the case then there wouldn't be that much of a problem.
 

kisstine

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They are not fond of it but...

Does the early termination fee drop as time passes? Say like I break my contract 6 months early instead of a year isn't it less?

If that were the case then there wouldn't be that much of a problem.
I have no idea whether the fee is reduced as the time remaining on the contract decreases. I'd never spend my hard-earned money to buy myself out of a contract; that's just me.
 

xSoNiCcRaCkErSx

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They are not fond of it but...

Does the early termination fee drop as time passes? Say like I break my contract 6 months early instead of a year isn't it less?

If that were the case then there wouldn't be that much of a problem.
Your still going to have to pay for early termination fees, or you could pull a poor mans method and just stop paying the bill alltogether but that will kill your parents credit.
 

MacManiac102

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Your still going to have to pay for early termination fees, or you could pull a poor mans method and just stop paying the bill alltogether but that will kill your parents credit.
No no no no. I would never do that.

Maybe I should just wait and hope that other wireless companies follow in Virgin Mobile's footsteps pulling out the whole contract thing.
 

gcvt

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They are not fond of it but...

Does the early termination fee drop as time passes? Say like I break my contract 6 months early instead of a year isn't it less?

If that were the case then there wouldn't be that much of a problem.
Yes, Verizon has a prorated ETF which, I believe, began if you signed after March of 2006. Call and ask them to confirm though.
 

WolfmanXII

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i say wait til the verizon contract is up. stupid to pay 600 dollars and a termination fee when u are short on cash. the monthly charge, case, etc. will only cost u more. its only one year :)
 

Zman-iPhone

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im 15 as well dude. i have a job, do you?
thats all you need, then the paycheck at the end is bliss, although, most of you already know of this feeling.