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Keep iPhone 6 or switch to iPhone X or 8

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  • Feb 14th, 2018 9:14 am

Poll: Keep iPhone 6 or upgrade to iPhone 8/X?

  • Total votes: 28. You have voted on this poll.
Keep iPhone 6 ($0 extra investment over the next two years)
 
15
54%
Upgrade to iPhone 8 ($700 extra investment over the next two years)
 
5
18%
Upgrade to iPhone X ($1100 extra investment over the next two years)
 
8
29%
[OP]
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Feb 11, 2018
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Keep iPhone 6 or switch to iPhone X or 8

I have an iPhone 6 with Koodo for $40/month (4gb data). I have the option of upgrading to iPhone 8 or X 64GB with a loyalty deal:

iPhone 8 64GB: $199 + $60/month (2gb data) on a 24 month tab
iPhone X 64GB: $599 + $60/month (2gb data) on a 24 month tab

2gb should be enough for my usage, but I do not have many complaints with my iPhone 6 that I've been using for 2.5 years. I'm not sure if it's time to upgrade or if it's not worth the extra investment of ~$700 (for iphone 8) or ~$1100 (for iphone X) over the next two years. I have a few days to decide.

Any ideas?
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Nov 29, 2017
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Keep it. You didn’t mention needing a faster phone or better camera or battery issues so “if it ain’t broke...”
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User993444 wrote:
Feb 12th, 2018 8:43 pm
I have an iPhone 6 with Koodo for $40/month (4gb data). I have the option of upgrading to iPhone 8 or X 64GB with a loyalty deal:

iPhone 8 64GB: $199 + $60/month (2gb data) on a 24 month tab
iPhone X 64GB: $599 + $60/month (2gb data) on a 24 month tab

2gb should be enough for my usage, but I do not have many complaints with my iPhone 6 that I've been using for 2.5 years. I'm not sure if it's time to upgrade or if it's not worth the extra investment of ~$700 (for iphone 8) or ~$1100 (for iphone X) over the next two years. I have a few days to decide.

Any ideas?
Keep in mind apple has 3 fones coming up next fall. 6.5" oled (X plus), 5.8" oled X, and 6.1" X lcd for the cost conscious. The first 2 will have spec bumps with greater battery life (claim is 25% more than current X), A12 chip, ios 12, better screen, face id, usb-c connectors (allegedly), etc. So best bet is to wait. Keep in mind your 6 qualifies for the battery replacement program. If the battery is iffy you can change it now or you can wait till yr end and change the battery; then sell it once you choose the new X.
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Omakase wrote:
Feb 12th, 2018 11:10 pm
Keep it. You didn’t mention needing a faster phone or better camera or battery issues so “if it ain’t broke...”
THIS.
Unless you've got extra disposable cash laying around by all mean.
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Wait for a better deal. You're happy now so why change? I wish I wasn't so trigger happy with finding deals. Between my wife and I, I'm running four accounts!
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If it makes you happy and can afford it, I say go for the upgrade. iPhone 8. X is way too much.

I recently upgraded, my corporate account gave me a great discount on the 256GB 8 Plus. They wanted $440 more for the X which was ridiculous.
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Replace the battery at Apple, should be cheap. It will make it run x2 speed.
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Your existing plan seems better. If you've had the device for a while, get a new battery and stay in existing plan. Or maybe but a used iPhone and keep your same plan, if you want a faster device, as the iPhone 7 goes for a decent price.
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Damn I want that new x plus when it's out! Probably cost 1.5g lol
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Don't upgrade because you might have problems, only upgrade when you actually do have problems, especially as the deals mentioned are fine but not spectacular, you will still be able to get a deal when you eventually change.

If you do decide to change, I would definitely go for the 8 and not the X - the X is a first draft (a 1.0 version) of a new design, if you want to keep your phone a good few years then the tried-and-tested old-style iPhone 8 is, I believe, a better choice. The X is too new, too expensive, and I'd wait for a couple more years until the new tech is better-tested and cheaper.
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User993444 wrote:
Feb 12th, 2018 8:43 pm
I have an iPhone 6 with Koodo for $40/month (4gb data). I have the option of upgrading to iPhone 8 or X 64GB with a loyalty deal:
iPhone 8 64GB: $199 + $60/month (2gb data) on a 24 month tab
iPhone X 64GB: $599 + $60/month (2gb data) on a 24 month tab
Let's break this deal down.
- iPhone 8 64GB retails for $930. iPhone X 64GB retails for $1,320.
- $60/month (2gb data) on a 24 month tab = $40 (2GB data) + $20/month tab. This $40/2GB actually is a retentions-type deal. The tab is a $480 2-year no interest loan you're paying back.

Actual cost of the iPhones:
- iPhone 8: $680. This is a $250 saving from retail, or 27% off over 2 years.
- iPhone X: $1,080. This is a $240 saving from retail, or 18% off over 2 years.

Pros:
- You can save $240-250 on a new iPhone over a period of 2 years.

Cons:
- You'll be paying the same price ($40/mo) for less data (2GB).
- You'll never be able to get back your current plan of $40/mo for 4GB -- which is really good as prices continue to increase while data allowance continues to decrease.

Recommendation:
- Don't do it.
- Your current wireless plan is much more valuable today, and will continue to be valuable in the near future. You'll never use less data in the future. You might use the same amount or more, but never less.
- The $240-250 you can save on a new iPhone is only a one time thing. The $40/month for 4GB you're currently paying is already $25/month less than the current Koodo retail promo rate.
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Looks like OP's line is not a good prospect for a HUP? Is the $40/4GB a BYOD only plan? No tab could be added to it?

I'd wait at least until late March. Then grab the iPhone 8 at that time. If you can't keep the $40/4GB on an upgrade, then grab the phone on a new line or relative's Koodo line.
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[OP]
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Feb 11, 2018
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Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for all your replies. Just to answer @titaniumtux, my $40/4gb is a BYOD only plan, so I would lose it if I wanna add a tab to it.

Since my biggest complaint with my iphone 6 is a mild battery problem and a mild slowing (both of which can be fixed with a battery repair), I will just repair the battery for $35.
Great points regarding the 1.0v nature of iPhone X. I will wait probably one more year for apple to optimize the iPhone X's specs and features.

Thanks again.
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User993444 wrote:
Feb 14th, 2018 2:30 am
Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for all your replies. Just to answer @titaniumtux, my $40/4gb is a BYOD only plan, so I would lose it if I wanna add a tab to it.

Since my biggest complaint with my iphone 6 is a mild battery problem and a mild slowing (both of which can be fixed with a battery repair), I will just repair the battery for $35.
Great points regarding the 1.0v nature of iPhone X. I will wait probably one more year for apple to optimize the iPhone X's specs and features.

Thanks again.
In that case, don't change your plan until you find something competitive that includes a phone. For Rest of Canada, you might be better off with Zoomer. Granted, it's no deal on iPhones, but you'll get an affordable plan with a phone. Then sell that phone, and put that money towards buying the phone of your choice. Else there are not many good options for getting newer iPhones on base rate plans that compare to OP's. Perhaps check out PC Mobile?
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