I get this question a lot from friends and readers alike: When is a good time to buy an iPhone (same question comes for iPad as well).
I always give the stock answers: Apple rarely discounts save for one day a year – Black Friday.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good times to buy iPhones or iPads. There are.
And now (from August 27, 2012 to September 12, 2012) is one of those times when it would be a good time to buy an iPhone if you want to save a little money.
It helps to understand a few things.
1. Buying an iPhone with a carrier contract will always be the cheapest way to buy an iPhone. Now, you may pay more in the long run because you have a contract, but your initial outlay of cash will always be cheapest when you get a contract.
2. When ever Apple has a new iPhone about to be released, carriers, and the major big and little box stores (Best Buy, Walmart, Radio Shack), along with the major online stores don’t want to be stuck with excess inventory. So they begin to discount their existing stock to get ready for the new ones about to come in and be launched.
Radio Shack has done that already. You can get it for $124.99 from RS, and just under $150 at Walmart.
3. Because Apple has an event scheduled for September 12th, from now until then will be optimum time to snag a new iPhone 4s. They will be under their normal cost. It is an excellent phone, and still will be after Apple’s iPhone 5 is released.
4. If you are due for an upgrade, and you can handle the soon to be 2nd gen status of the 4s, go for it. But you will need to be due for an upgrade, or be signing up for a new account.
That’s my thought? What about you? Time to upgrade?