Upgrading and trading in?

bballrob

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So I just got off the phone with my local AT&T Store, and this time I hit the jackpot. I spoke to my favorite sales guy over there, who I didn't even know still worked there. Hadn't seen him in there the past few times I was there, but I recognized his voice when he answered even before he stated his name.

I had actually called with a question about upgrading and porting a number from another carrier and he told me something interesting. My plan is to upgrade my line to iPhone 6 Gold(maybe iPhone 6 Plus, but I'm not set on that, and I'm not sure I want something THAT large as a phone) and then port my wife's number over from another carrier and putting my Golden iPhone 5S on her line. In the course of our conversation, I learned that if I set up my line FIRST on the new iPhone 6(or 6 Plus) and then put my 5S on her line, that neither of our lines will then be under contract, which is a screaming deal, because then it only costs $15 per month to add her to my Mobile Share plan instead of $25.

Here's the other part of the deal. When I mentioned I had an iPhone 5S, he said that those are worth $300 trade-in. When I asked him if that was the case for the 32 GB model, he said yes, it STARTS at $300 for a 5S and goes up from there. My wife is really interested in having a PINK phone, and while I told her we could likely get her a pink case to go on the Golden iPhone 5S, I'm now thinking of trading in the 5S for the $300 credit, and getting her a Pink iPhone 5C. This will be her first smartphone.

Part of the reason I'm going with the NEXT plan is because I don't currently have an upgrade available on my account. This is actually working out a little better than I expected when I found out my remaining 12 months on my line will essentially go away once I upgrade my line using NEXT. I do have a teenage son who will have one available next June, and mine's not available til September.

So, any thoughts on this?
 

Europa

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Next is a good deal. I decided to go with it this year since I will save money on the monthly plan, have no upfront cost and can upgrade every year.

I think it's a really bad idea to trade your 5s for a 5c just so she can get pink. The 5s is a better phone and it's only one year old. The 5c has specs that are two years old now. I would try to talk her into keeping the 5s and putting a pink case on it. She probably would have put a case on the pink plastic 5c anyway, and this way she can get her favorite shade of pink and have an better aluminum phone with a fingerprint scanner.
 

bballrob

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I think you're right. I think I'll likely leave the AT&T store tomorrow with a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus depending on what I decide in the wee hours tomorrow morning, as well as a new pink cover for her new Golden iPhone 5S which she will inherit from me.

She's really not going to care either way.
 

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It's the same kind of deal with Verizon. The guy I talked to on the phone said I could get $300 for my iPhone 5S and trade it in to get an iPhone 6. The phone just has to be in pristine condition. I'm excited to get my hands on a 6.
 

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The $300 trade in for iPhone 5S is only applicable toward an iPhone 6 or 6+, not the iPhone 5C.

And that $300 is given to you on a credit card that's only usable at the AT&T store. And the trade-in program expires on September 30.

For iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5C the trade-in value is $200.

I'm thinking of trading my iPhone 4S toward a new iPhone 6 and putting the $200 toward my phone bill. I'm not sure if it's possible to use it to pay down the per-month payments on the new iPhone, but if so, that would be great.