Apple’s unveiling last week of the iPhone 6 came with the expected amount of hype, and seemingly for good reason; while Samsung may say the features on the iPhone 6 are all on their current offerings, if you’re an iPhone fan like I am then you’re excited that your favorite phone will now have all these awesome features, new or not.
However, there’s the problem of sticker shock; not everyone can shell out $199 for the regular iPhone 6 that only comes with a new 2-year plan, or the $299 starting price for the iPhone 6. But have no fear, there are ways to save on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You can have your cake and eat it too!
- Sell Your old Phone
There are a number of companies advertising trade-in offers for old iPhones but the best prices we found were on Gazelle, where your phone can fetch anywhere from $50 to as much as $275. At the lower end is a trade-in price for the iPhone 4s which, depending on carrier, can get you as much as $65. For the newer iPhone 5 the price goes up to $165 for phones from Verizon and AT&T, a bit less for those that run on T-Mobile and Sprint networks.
The real kingpin is the iPhone 5s which nets you anywhere from $240-$275. Why so much? Keep in mind you may have to cancel your current two-year plan to upgrade which is why people will probably not be as willing to part with iPhone’s last version.
Gazelle of course buys Android phones as well. Head over to their site for a quote on whatever phone you have and then use the money to buy the coveted iPhone 6.
Total Savings: $50-$275
- Buy Discount Gift Cards
Some people may be reluctant to part ways with their old phone. After all, what happens when your new phone falls into the toilet, a real concern according to Business Insider due to its large size and your small jeans pockets.
For those looking to hold onto their old phones you can still save by buying discount gift cards from CardCash.com. Many of the big box retailers will be selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. CardCash.com offers discounts to all these retailers with discount gift cards. The current best price on gift cards to stores that will be selling the iPhone 6 are: 8% off with Radio Shack gift cards; 4.2% off with Staples gift cards; and 3% off Best Buy gift cards.
Total Savings: $10-$24
- Freebies and Giveaways
According to DealNews.com many service providers are offering trade-in prices along with promotions. Walmart is offering $15 gift cards with every pre-order of the new iPhone. Radio Shack is offering a $50 iTunes gift card with purchase. These deals can be stacked with discount gift cards so together you may be scoring a pretty sweet deal. Whenever and wherever you go to buy the iPhone 6 make sure to ask for any deals or discounts available. Virtually everyone except the Apple store is offering some sort of promotion.
Total Savings: Varies per merchant
Whatever price you pay for your new phone make sure to enjoy all the new great features. And make sure not to drop it into the toilet!