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Wife wants iPhone 4s, but isn't tec savy.

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Wife wants iPhone 4s, but isn't tec savy.

She likes the look of it and is tired of her old, very old flip phone. I'll get it for her, not getting data. Should I get a new or used one? Any suggestions wrt a plan to get for her or pay as you go? Currently on a $35 talk and text plan from Robbers. She rarely uses the phone, maybe 100 mins. a month and rarely texts.
Before the flaming starts, my motto for the past 30 years has been........Happy wife, Happy life ..... and it's worked well so far.
Oh, and what would be the range for a good/great used iPhone 4s. Any problems I should look for/be aware of? Or, should I just bite the bullet and buy new?
Thanks.
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new would be safest
since used one, you might get one that works for a while and then gets blacklisted by seller
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Get a new one and make her happy. I don't think ALL IPhone users are tech savvy.
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get new because if you buy off kijiji it could be blacklisted, or become blacklisted very fast.
ipad might be a better buy for her if she wants to use it for browsing and watching videos at home

AND FOR THE LVOE OF GOD. Don't even buy the 4s. its super slow on ios 8, just get her a 5c
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yea get a new one from store. There are too many fake / stolen iphone for used. You don't want to risk, especially buying it for your wife =).
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I have to ask what does ted have to do with a Iphone ?
Is that what she calls her old phone ?
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shushwap wrote:
Nov 6th, 2014 6:17 pm
I have to ask what does ted have to do with a Iphone ?
Is that what she calls her old phone ?
Ted gets a bad rap. I feel sorry for him.
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Do not get an iPhone 4S. It is too old and slow.

Either a new 5c or else or a refurb 5. I got a refurb 5 for my wife. She loves it, and IMO it looks nicer than the 5c.

There are local shops that buy broken iPhones and refurb them, with 1 to 3 month store warranties. There is a premium over used, but these usually look brand new, and of course if they break you actually have a warranty, with a physical store you can go to.
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sam123 wrote:
Nov 6th, 2014 5:30 pm
She likes the look of it and is tired of her old, very old flip phone. I'll get it for her, not getting data. Should I get a new or used one? Any suggestions wrt a plan to get for her or pay as you go? Currently on a $35 talk and text plan from Robbers. She rarely uses the phone, maybe 100 mins. a month and rarely texts.
Before the flaming starts, my motto for the past 30 years has been........Happy wife, Happy life ..... and it's worked well so far.
Oh, and what would be the range for a good/great used iPhone 4s. Any problems I should look for/be aware of? Or, should I just bite the bullet and buy new?
Thanks.
Haha nice motto~! To be on the safe side, get your wife a new iphone, so you won't get in trouble IF the used one has problems.
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buy a new one or risk your used one getting blacklisted shortly

iOS is so intuitive, you don't need any tech backgrounds to use it
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randomkidx wrote:
Nov 6th, 2014 5:48 pm
get new because if you buy off kijiji it could be blacklisted, or become blacklisted very fast.
ipad might be a better buy for her if she wants to use it for browsing and watching videos at home

AND FOR THE LVOE OF GOD. Don't even buy the 4s. its super slow on ios 8, just get her a 5c
Would that matter if she only uses it to talk and text?
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shushwap wrote:
Nov 6th, 2014 6:17 pm
I have to ask what does ted have to do with a Iphone ?
Is that what she calls her old phone ?

LOL, ted = tec, my bad for typo. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll fix it asap.
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The iPhone 4s is $450 while the iPhone 5c is $469. Spend the extra money for the 5c.
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EugW wrote:
Nov 6th, 2014 6:54 pm
Do not get an iPhone 4S. It is too old and slow.

Either a new 5c or else or a refurb 5. I got a refurb 5 for my wife. She loves it, and IMO it looks nicer than the 5c.

There are local shops that buy broken iPhones and refurb them, with 1 to 3 month store warranties. There is a premium over used, but these usually look brand new, and of course if they break you actually have a warranty, with a physical store you can go to.
Good middle ground, I'll consider it.

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