Did you know that iphone 4’s are “selling” on the Verizon and AT&T websites for $0 and .99 respectively? Iphone 4s’s are selling for 99 dollars as well. Do you know someone in your family that is looking to upgrade their old smart phone or upgrade to a smart phone. You might want to buy them that new phone or agree to pay a fixed amount towards their upgraded plan as a Christmas gift.
I did this last year for my father and he loved it. Now my mother, who was wary of smart phones initially is asking me to do the same.
The downside is that you can’t buy the phone yourself. You have to take the person you are getting the gift for with you. They have to sign a two year agreement to get the discount. In my mom’s case this is good because she doesn’t like sales people and she doesn’t know much about electronics. I think we are either getting the iphone 5 or the 4s, we’ll have to see.
A few things to keep in mind. If you do decide to get someone a new iphone DON’T buy any accessories at the store as they are often overpriced. Go home and buy them online, you will save a lot of money.
It could be a nice idea to have one member of the family pay for the phone and the others can chip in for the accessories. You might want to consider one of the cases offered by Pad and Quill, I wrote and article about their iphone wallet case for my “Made in the U.S.A Monday” feature.
You should also consider the matter of phone insurance. I wrote an article on that as well. Something to think about when making your decision.
Everyday I see new apps that expand the reach and power of smart phones in our daily lives. Buying a friend or loved one a new iphone is a gift that they can use everyday for years to come.