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How to Get the Best Deal on the New Apple iPhone

by Kurt Knutsson

Biggest difference between Apple’s 3 new phones.

All are new. iPhone 8 and 8+ are available for pre-order now and on sale as of Sept 22. iPhone X available for pre-order on Oct 27 at 12:01 and begin shipping Nov 3.

iPhone 8, 8+ and iPhone X all share these features:
Faster A11 Bionic processor
Dual lens 12MP camera
4K Video recording
50% tougher glass
Wireless charging (but charging pad not included)

Both have the glass backs which allow better wireless charging. The only issue with this is that they are more likely to crack if the phone is dropped. They have made the glass tougher but people still may find themselves looking for a Cheap iphone back glass replacement after a few months of wear and tear.

What iPhone X has that iPhone 8 & 8+ don’t:

5.8″ inch edge to edge OLED display
FaceID and no home button

Buying Options

Two paths: Either Apple or Wireless Carrier

From Apple: 0% interest monthly payments spread over 24 months with AppleCare included. If you like to upgrade the latest and greatest, this plan is right for you. Apple let’s you switch it out at 12 months to the latest model and begin new terms. You are also not committed to any wireless network and can switch between carriers at any time.

From Wireless Carriers: Similar financing but more promotional opportunities to lower price for certain customers. If you’re not sure which carrier to go with, check out this Public Mobile review. People who bundle or have more than one phone on a single service are likely to save the most. Once payments are done, you own your iPhone and can use its value to trade up later. For example, AT&T posted a Buy One Get One free offer but it comes with a lot of caveats. In my personal world, they happen to line up into the right choice since two people on the same account want a new iPhone. This also only works since I have a DirecTV account too. (No offer had been posted for iPhone X up until the moment of this post)

Buying Tips

Monthly phone cost does not include wireless plan charges.
Some are very restrictive and difficult to change leaving you paying for your phone even after you upgrade to a new one.
Offers are very dynamic and fluid. Carriers tend to offer better deals after release dates.
Avoid leasing. You generally spend more and have less flexibility and don’t own phone at end of term. Go ahead and add up all the required payments to determine how much you are really paying for the new iPhone.

Apple Watch 3 now on sale. This is an add-on to your wireless plan and currently $10/mo more instead of adding a new wireless account.
Check the fine print. Not all plans are for everyone.

And having seen an array of apple iphones‘ evolution and update, the iPhone X is the phone I am planning to get. I’ll be up ready to trigger an online purchase on the late night around midnight in the west and 3 in the morning in the east to snag before supply is expected to push any further deliveries into 2018.

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Jim Stratton September 18, 2017 - 4:45 pm

I am very curious as I am expecting the iPhone 8 on Friday. If the wireless charging will convert to the fast-charging if used with a USB-c and an higher watt charger from Apple.

June Bolus October 3, 2017 - 10:47 am

What does the Apple TV do?? We currently have Amazon prime and can watch a ton of free movies and TV shows. Does Apple TV do the same? Do I need to own an Apple MAC or Apple laptop to get the best out of the Apple TV. We just don’t quite know what Apple TV does and is it worth buying.

Kurt Knutsson March 12, 2018 - 11:03 am

Think of Apple TV as a device that helps you connect to your Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu and all of your Apple-related devices like an iPhone, iPad etc so that you can mirror photos and video from your phone to your Apple TV which connects to your home television. The latest Apple TV is the fastest yet with the highest resolution. The 4K resolution means that it is 4x the detail of regular HD tv. The detail is extraordinary… for example.. you can see the texture of the sand from a beach making it feel even more realistic. Competing devices like built-in SmartTV apps from today’s TVs being sold can make a lot of what Apple TV does seem redundant. I still like it and use it not only at home in the living room, the bedrooms and also travel with one so that I can plug it in to other TVs on the go. When you see us show screen shots on the show, the television studio is using an Apple TV to mirror whats on my iPad or iPhone and then they switch it to broadcast on the network making it much easier to demonstrate stuff live on the devices. Thank you for watching!


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