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Posted: 02/17/21 08:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I too have only bought refurb. iPhones, six to date. It's my primary mobile smartphone, though have a backup Samsung Note which I actually prefer on a different network.

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I buy brand new Samsung's. The 2 I just bought this week cost ZERO dollars with trade-in. Hard to beat!


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
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New batteries is your ticket

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Bill.Satellite wrote:

I buy brand new Samsung's. The 2 I just bought this week cost ZERO dollars with trade-in. Hard to beat!


Where do you get them from?


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TurnThePage wrote:

I bought new Pixel 5s for my bride and myself. They're cheaper than the new phones from the competition, perform very well, excellent photos, big storage, and the battery charge lasts twice as long as anything else I've ever tried.

Nothing against older phones, except that stuff does actually eventually wear out, and more importantly those models stop being supported and so fall behind on security updates.


I have a Pixel 3 and will upgrade to whatever the current version is, when this one bites the dust. Super simple operation, no bloat-ware, no apps from Samsung that you can't get rid of.

If you are looking for a deal, go on Swappa.com and get a good used one.

S7s are closing on obsolete and will probably have other problems than battery before long. I wouldn't spend $$ on one.

If not buying off Swappa, look at the "contract" price from your carrier. That is quite a bit less than buying one outright. I have no desire to switch carriers, so don't care if there is a contract or not.


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Posted: 02/22/21 06:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"...closing on obsolete..." How so? As a phone? Or as a multi-function gadget?


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pianotuna wrote:

Bill.Satellite wrote:

I buy brand new Samsung's. The 2 I just bought this week cost ZERO dollars with trade-in. Hard to beat!


Where do you get them from?


Like anyone else that "trades in", their local store front for the carrier they are using..

Carriers like Verizon, ATT and such do a sucker deal of "free" qualified trade ins to keep you locked into that service vendor.

Works like this..

You "buy" a phone upfront at a substantially reduced price, this gets you locked into a two yr contract.. Break the contract before it ends and you have to pay a huge fee to get out of it which covers the cost of the phone (see where this is going?).

All along in reality you are paying an extra fee for the phone in the form of a higher cost of the service amortized out for the length of the contract price..

Now, if you stay the entire time of the contract, you become "eligible" and they will "reward" you with a new "free phone"..

All you have to do is go in to the store again and get your new phone and when you do you now agree to an new contract period.. Interestingly enough once the contract expires, the price does not go down..

So, in reality, it is not "free", never was free, and never will be free but folks THINK it is free But they PAID for it in the form of a higher service price for the length of the contract.

Sometimes one can take advantage of that service because of the phone getting stolen, lost or damaged just by going back to the store and getting a "free" replacement phone by agreeing to another new contract period.. But they STILL PAID for the phone so it isn't really "free".

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Gdetrailer wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

Bill.Satellite wrote:

I buy brand new Samsung's. The 2 I just bought this week cost ZERO dollars with trade-in. Hard to beat!


Where do you get them from?


Like anyone else that "trades in", their local store front for the carrier they are using..

Carriers like Verizon, ATT and such do a sucker deal of "free" qualified trade ins to keep you locked into that service vendor.

Works like this..

You "buy" a phone upfront at a substantially reduced price, this gets you locked into a two yr contract.. Break the contract before it ends and you have to pay a huge fee to get out of it which covers the cost of the phone (see where this is going?).

All along in reality you are paying an extra fee for the phone in the form of a higher cost of the service amortized out for the length of the contract price..

Now, if you stay the entire time of the contract, you become "eligible" and they will "reward" you with a new "free phone"..

All you have to do is go in to the store again and get your new phone and when you do you now agree to an new contract period.. Interestingly enough once the contract expires, the price does not go down..

So, in reality, it is not "free", never was free, and never will be free but folks THINK it is free But they PAID for it in the form of a higher service price for the length of the contract.

Sometimes one can take advantage of that service because of the phone getting stolen, lost or damaged just by going back to the store and getting a "free" replacement phone by agreeing to another new contract period.. But they STILL PAID for the phone so it isn't really "free".
While this is most likely the way it went. To assert that this is the answer is "ASS-U-MEING", and we all know how that works. I would like to know how it was done, since I also believe that "free" very rarely is "free", but sometimes it does happen.

Suppose someone told you that you could read all the books you want and it won't cost you a dime. And they are popular books, not just ones nobody is interested in. Sounds like a scam if you don't have a library card.

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I always buy my phones outright. Personal preference.

Then I offer my willingness to use the service to whoever has the best deal. That deal will be lower than if you get a "free" phone. Free phones are not free, they are built into your monthly plan.

If my carrier decides to goose me then I am free to tell them where the bus leaves the station and go with somebody else who has a better deal. No cancellation fees, no contracts or phones to pay out, nothing.

I just found a good deal at Koodo for 45 bucks a month. So I just simply switched to get away from my $85. plan with Telus. Easy, I am in the drivers seat.


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fj12ryder wrote:

All you have to do is go in to the store again and get your new phone and when you do you now agree to an new contract period.. Interestingly enough once the contract expires, the price does not go down..

So, in reality, it is not "free", never was free, and never will be free but folks THINK it is free But they PAID for it in the form of a higher service price for the length of the contract.


While this is most likely the way it went. To assert that this is the answer is "ASS-U-MEING", and we all know how that works. I would like to know how it was done, since I also believe that "free" very rarely is "free", but sometimes it does happen.

Suppose someone told you that you could read all the books you want and it won't cost you a dime. And they are popular books, not just ones nobody is interested in. Sounds like a scam if you don't have a library card.


The "answer" I gave IS what happened and I am not "ASS-U-MEING" anything.

The supposed "new phone" someone got, to THEM it seems like it is free because they didn't have to pay one red cent to exchange the old phone for a new phone. In other words no money exchanged.. If no money exchanged they THINK it is free.. BUT WE know that because of the contract they had to agree to they ARE paying for it in their monthly price.

You can opt for a "contract" service or you can opt as a "pay as you go" no contract service.

For instance, we moved from Trac to ATT a couple of yrs ago so we had no ATT compatible phone.

We went with the "Pay as you Go" service which has NO CONTRACT and is month to month.

We had to PAY RETAIL PRICE on the phones we wanted.

In return, we ended up with a MUCH LOWER monthly service cost at $30 each phone with unlimited talk/text and 1 gig of data. We WILL NOT ever be "eligible" for a "free" phone either, we break it, lose it or want to replace it we HAVE to BUY another phone at retail prices.

If we opted for a contract agreement we would be paying $50 each per month for TWO YEARS for the lowest cost phone and it goes up from there. That is $20 MORE than "Pay as you go", $480 for the two yrs contract.

That IS how cellphone companies can "give away "free" phones" and most folks have no idea that they have been hoodwinked..

People just got used to exchanging phones anytime after their contract expires and call it "free"..

Therefore, it IS NOT "FREE" which is the point I was making.

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