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I do it because it makes sense for me. I usually buy the 16GB version for $200 and jailbreak/unlock it. I keep it for a year and when the new phone comes out, I sell my unlocked, contract-free phone on Craigslist for around $400. Then I pay $450 for the new iPhone. It costs me $450 instead of $200 because I'm not yet eligible for a free upgrade. The next year, I am eligible for an upgrade, sell my unlocked phone again for $400 and buy the new one for $200.

Keeping your phone unlock-able makes it so easy to get a nice price for it on Craigslist and even after the tax and $18 upgrade fee, I only end up paying around $100 one year to upgrade to the latest phone. Then the next year, I end up coming out $100 ahead (because I now have the free upgrade eligibility). It all balances out but I get the latest iPhone every year.

If that's not a cool story, bro, I don't know what is.
That's actually a pretty good plan... might have to try that when the iP5 comes out. I've always stuck with just upgrading when my contract is up, never really thought about buying the phones outright.

BTW, where do you find a new iPhone for only $450? Don't they start at $699 out of contract?
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IMO the real star of the 4S is IOS 5 and not the unit itself. Of course, in order to run said OS, they needed to get the A5 in there with decent thermals / battery life.
Except you know, iOS 5 will work on not only the 4S but the 4, 3gs, iPad, iPad 2, and 3rd & 4th gen iTouches.
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I cant see many people getting the 4s, and I can see it hurting apple.

The 4s is slower than android phones that were released last year. (from what I have seen) This means apple is essentially two years behind android for when the 5 is said to come out.
    
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That's actually a pretty good plan... might have to try that when the iP5 comes out. I've always stuck with just upgrading when my contract is up, never really thought about buying the phones outright.

BTW, where do you find a new iPhone for only $450? Don't they start at $699 out of contract?
Great question, sorry I should have been more clear. When I get the new one for $450, I buy it on another family plan line which doesn't use an iPhone and rarely ever upgrades. My friend does the same thing but just opens up a new line for $10/month instead and uses that upgrade. Paying $240 over 2 years (at $10/mo) is still often times cheaper than buying an iPhone at non-contract pricing, which you have to pay a lumpsum of right away.
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I havent decided yet. Still digging my Evo and the Galaxy SII has my attention to be honest.
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I am only upgrading because I'm eligible, and my Droid X is a turd and I cant stand it anymore
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Question: Why do people upgrade their phones so much?
because it's hard/not possible to overclock/upgrade them

I'm on an iPhone 4 so I'm definitely skipping 4S, but I don't know if i'd go apple phone again, a fair amount of good apps coming out on android...
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Great question, sorry I should have been more clear. When I get the new one for $450, I buy it on another family plan line which doesn't use an iPhone and rarely ever upgrades. My friend does the same thing but just opens up a new line for $10/month instead and uses that upgrade. Paying $240 over 2 years (at $10/mo) is still often times cheaper than buying an iPhone at non-contract pricing, which you have to pay a lumpsum of right away.
Isn't 450 the early upgrade cost
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I cant see many people getting the 4s, and I can see it hurting apple.

The 4s is slower than android phones that were released last year. (from what I have seen) This means apple is essentially two years behind android for when the 5 is said to come out.
I don't see it hurting Apple. The people who buy iPhones aren't necessarily interested in buying the fastest phone on the market. A phone 200mhz faster isn't going to make everyone go "ZOMG, MUST HAVE ANDROID!"

Most of the people who are saying "meh" to the iPhone 4S are people who have upgraded recently. They're forgetting about the people who were still in contract when the iPhone 4 came out, and who haven't upgraded yet because of that.

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Great question, sorry I should have been more clear. When I get the new one for $450, I buy it on another family plan line which doesn't use an iPhone and rarely ever upgrades. My friend does the same thing but just opens up a new line for $10/month instead and uses that upgrade. Paying $240 over 2 years (at $10/mo) is still often times cheaper than buying an iPhone at non-contract pricing, which you have to pay a lumpsum of right away.
Ah, makes sense. Well you're lucky you have that option then!
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I'm currently using a WP7 Samsung Focus running the Mango update and the only reason I'd consider a phone like the 4S would be because of the dual core cpu and gpu, also the 64GB of storage. It would cost me $399 for one though.
 
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