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

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E2EK1EL wrote:
Nov 9th, 2014 5:12 pm
Negative - Apple now allows legacy downloads starting the public release of iOS 8 on Sept 17 2014

http://9to5mac.com/2013/09/17/ios-app-s ... -software/

My Mom's IP4 has access to every single app in the AppStore with the legacy downloads.
The only thing that is obsolete is FaceTime, the certification ran out on April 24 2014 and Apple didn't reissue the certification, the current work around is to use Skype moving forward.

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Yeah you can use legacy apps. Well the point is that they are legacy. As in obsolete for some.

You mention one yourself - FaceTime - and as far as I'm concerned, that's a deal killer.

IMO the effective cutoff for late 2014 is iOS 7. It will likely be iOS 8 in late 2015.

I can understand wanting to use iOS 6 on an iPhone 4. iOS 7.1.2 is usable, but is slower. However that doesn't make iOS 6 any less out of date.

If you have an existing iPhone and want to keep using an older OS on it, that makes sense. However to buy an iPhone in 2014, almost 2015, and it can't run iOS 8 well, I think it's foolish unless you're getting it for really really cheap.

That last part about being really really cheap is also a problem, because a lot of the really really cheap phones on Kijiji are scams.
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sam123 wrote:
Nov 10th, 2014 8:11 am
What do you think of this one?

lnib-gold-iphone-5s-32gb-unlocked-1589703/
A 5S will be splurging. Up to you. Also up to you to decide if you want to go for an individual sale of a used phone.

What I might recommend is deciding on which carrier you are going to be using, and then getting a carrier locked iPhone 5 used from a refurbishing store that offers a short warranty. Those should be under $400. However, I wouldn't expect to get them for under $300. Note that some of those stores have higher prices listed on their websites, but when you go in-store they can give you a deal if you pay cash. Insist on a receipt and thus warranty though of course.
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Ended up buying from GetOrchard and am very happy, as is my wife. No hassle purchase and great customer service. Thanks all for the advice.
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Fast forward to today. The iPhone my wife got is still working well enough. I'm now thinking of getting an iPhone as well to replace my first gen Moto g. The reason is to have all of our apples work together. Both our daughter are currently living out of the country and I'd like the option of Face Timing with then whenever I'd like, instead of waiting until we're both home and using the 4s as the conduit for connection.

So, which iPhone would the "community" suggest I get so as not to break the bank? I'm currently with Robbers with 4gb monthly.

Once again, thanks in advance for your advice.
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iPhone 6s is a good one, very good deals on it now. 2015 flagship, it's still awesome today.
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I have a iphone 5 64gb may sell and buy a iphone 6
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Iphone 6 definitely - the most common iphone around presently. 6+, 6s, 6s+ more expensive and probably not worth it for a "basic" phone. 7 is still way too expensive. I still see a lot of 5 series around which can be bought for cheap but as they're now quite a bit past end of life, they're not recommended.
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Normally I'd say go with the 6s because it's not the newest but still plenty fast and more future proof than older models. But since you're coming from a 4S, after 2 years a normal upgrade would be 2 generations newer, so probably a 5S would be good enough for you. So maybe split the difference and get a 6. Still a solid phone.
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Facetime is pretty awesome....I love my BlackBerry and I know there is a facetime equivalent with BBM but no one else is on BBM....lol!!

So Facetime it is!! Comes in real handy to chat and stay in touch....in my case, I use Facetime to IT troubleshoot for the inlaws....lol!!

Get a iphone 6 minimum....can get one in the $300 range...or go with a 6s 16GB for a bit more money but will last when the new iOS update comes along...
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Get a new Samsung or Acer from Costco for $200+tax. Has 2 year warranty from Costco, and unlocked.
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sassysue wrote:
Mar 16th, 2017 10:17 am
I have a iphone 5 64gb may sell and buy a iphone 6
Thanks for the offer, but, while it's inexpensive, I think I'll be happier if I go newer. Anyone have any experiance/issues with the "touch disease" on the 6 or 6s. Or, should I look for a used 5s.

I'd like to keep it below $500
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sam123 wrote:
Mar 16th, 2017 5:48 pm
Thanks for the offer, but, while it's inexpensive, I think I'll be happier if I go newer. Anyone have any experiance/issues with the "touch disease" on the 6 or 6s. Or, should I look for a used 5s.

I'd like to keep it below $500
Yeah, you definitely don't want an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus (I owned a 6 and sold it because it sucked). They're the worst iPhones Apple ever came out with, IMO. Bendgate, lack of RAM, touch disease... the list goes on. But the 6S never had touch disease, only battery issues, and that was only a few models. Ever since the iPhone 4, every iPhone model has been plagued with some sort of hardware defect, sadly.

And you do not want a used 5S. Not for $500. Not even for $100. It's a super old phone that Apple is going to drop support for within the next two years. As it is, the 5S is extremely slow on iOS 10 from what I've seen. There's no way to downgrade iOS either...

Get an SE or wait till the iPhone 6S is discounted. The iPhone SE, 6S and the 7 are probably the most problem-free iPhones out there right now.
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Great info., now I know what to look for. Thanks sk2003
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DiceMan wrote:
Mar 17th, 2017 8:45 pm
SE = 5s with a new CPU
I saw that, but it will suit my purposes. In the rfd tradition I'll look for value in a 6s as well. It'll depend on the spread between them and If I think it's worth the extra $. I appreciate the heads up.

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