Getting a new iPhone? It’s worth spending an extra $100 — unless it isn’t

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Best value Apple iPhone 6s deals.

If you can’t afford to buy a phone outright but don’t want to be locked to a carrier, Vodafone is selling unlocked iPhones with interest free payment plans that spread anywhere from 6 months to 36 months. T-Mobile’s got you covered with an iPhone 6s plan that will only cost you $5 a month, or $9 for the larger 6s Plus, if you trade in your current phone. On Wednesday, T-Mobile announced that it would offer the iPhone 6s 16 GB devices for just $5 per month for customers who trade in a iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Galaxy S6 Edge, or Note 5; a $10 monthly price for iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5 trade-ins; and $15 for older smartphones like the iPhone 5 or 5c. While the 16GB model is a lot cheaper than the others, it’s hard to recommend a device with that little storage, so for us, we’d be looking at buying the 64GB iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on Telstra’s Large plan which includes 7GB of data and unlimited call and text, which will set you back $112 for the 6s and $125 for the 6s Plus.

That’s nowhere near the $450 discount consumers used to get on new phones by agreeing to a two-year contract, but it’s better than no discount, which is what the other carriers are giving. John Legere, the chief executive of the T-Mobile who has been known to battle with rivals on social media, said that the company is seeing “crazy demand” for iPhone preorders. With Telstra you also get a free 24 month subscription to the Apple Music streaming service and the option to upgrade your phone in a year’s time for $149. Verizon and AT&T may offer financing so you don’t have to pay for the whole cost of a new phone at once, but their financing options don’t save you any money off the $649 price of an iPhone 6s: Verizon offers monthly payments of $27 for 24 months for a new phone, and AT&T offers monthly payments of $21 for 30 months. Why this matters: Other carriers also offer inexpensive upgrade plans if you prefer to lease a phone rather than own it outright, but T-Mobile’s latest promotion is by far the cheapest.

That offer marks a sharp turn in the relationship between Apple, which needs to sell tens of millions of new phones each year, and wireless giants that rely on the iPhone to attract customers to their cellular plans. CEO John Legere said iPhone 6s preorders are up 30 percent over last year, which is in line with Apple’s estimates that this year’s launch weekend sales will beat last year’s. Legere said the company had already surpassed the 2.1 million net subscriber additions it posted in its previous quarter with nearly two weeks remaining in the current quarter. September is particularly significant time period for wireless carriers with the launch of Apple’s new iPhone as well as the annual return of vacationers and students that stirs up subscriber activity.

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