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Want to get iPhone SE 2 - Best options?

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Want to get iPhone SE 2 - Best options?

I am a current iPhone SE owner and user, and I love it. The phone is three and a half years old, but it still works very well, and I've had zero issues with the battery. It's still at around 90% health. However, I've been due for an upgrade for a year and a half now, and am being ripped off, since I'm paying for a phone that's already paid off.

I'm with Virgin Mobile on a family plan with my father. We didn't shop around enough, and got ripped off. It only offers 1gb of data, unlimited text and more than enough calling, for $55 per month. Since I'm line number two, I get 10% off, so I give him $50 per month to pay it.

My dad had the same phone, but had to get a new SE after a year, because he dropped his in water. So he was eligible for upgrading this past winter, after his 'new' 2 year contract ended, and did so this spring. Went with an iPhone 7 that Virgin offered for the same cost and plan. I asked him to wait and shop around, but apparently his battery was going to shit. I went in and talked to them myself, but declined their iPhone 7 because it didn't feel like much of an upgrade. I also declined paying $20 more for an iPhone 8 or $23 more for an iPhone XR on the same plan. It would've cost $5 per additional gigabyte of data, which was also bullshit.

I'm glad I waited, because I'd heard rumours of the iPhone SE 2, and now that it's been announced it sounds perfect for me. I want to get that and upgrade to it, but I don't know what my best option is. As in which carrier is offering the best deal, and whether it'd save me money if I were to buy the phone outright. (I was previously told that it would be cheaper to do this, but when I priced an XR with a basic $20-something plan, it was going to cost more than getting it as a $0 phone. This SE is my first phone, so I'm kind of new to this world of cellular.)

A friend of mine works at Apple, and did offer to buy the phone for me with his 15% employee discount. That would save me close to $100. However, I'd have to wait until at least two weeks after release, which wouldn't be painful. I've also looked at prices online, but was surprised to see that Telus (I think it was) would still make me pay $75 per month despite buying the phone outright through them. Virgin is also only letting it go on diamond plans.

What should I do? I'm low income, so I need a moderate plan that won't break the bank, and don't want to pay much more than I am right now.
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I suggest getting the Koodo $50/5GB BYOD plan if you need more data and then buy the SE2020 outright from Apple using your friend's 15% discount

https://www.koodomobile.com/rate-plans? ... Shop_Plans

Lucky runs on Bell - $40\5Gb unlimited talk & text (with auto top up)
https://www.luckymobile.ca/shop/plans/p ... _050119_ad

Zoomer runs on Rogers = $40.50 per month 6GB with unlimited minutes
$36/mth for 5gb 800 anytime minutes, $100 activation credit plus $50 referral credit

zoomer-wireless-zoomer-wireless-36-mth- ... t-2358748/

Also look at Public Mobile if you are ok with LTE Lite speeds

$40/5Gb plan with autopay

https://www.publicmobile.ca/en/bc/plans
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Dec 23, 2016
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ji2o0k wrote: I suggest getting the Koodo $50/5GB BYOD plan if you need more data and then buy the SE2020 outright from Apple using your friend's 15% discount

https://www.koodomobile.com/rate-plans? ... Shop_Plans

Lucky runs on Bell - $40\5Gb unlimited talk & text (with auto top up)
https://www.luckymobile.ca/shop/plans/p ... _050119_ad

Zoomer runs on Rogers = $40.50 per month 6GB with unlimited minutes
$36/mth for 5gb 800 anytime minutes, $100 activation credit plus $50 referral credit

zoomer-wireless-zoomer-wireless-36-mth- ... t-2358748/

Also look at Public Mobile if you are ok with LTE Lite speeds

$40/5Gb plan with autopay

https://www.publicmobile.ca/en/bc/plans
Okay. Thanks for all of that. I appreciate the help.
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ji2o0k wrote: I suggest getting the Koodo $50/5GB BYOD plan if you need more data and then buy the SE2020 outright from Apple using your friend's 15% discount

https://www.koodomobile.com/rate-plans? ... Shop_Plans

Lucky runs on Bell - $40\5Gb unlimited talk & text (with auto top up)
https://www.luckymobile.ca/shop/plans/p ... _050119_ad

Zoomer runs on Rogers = $40.50 per month 6GB with unlimited minutes
$36/mth for 5gb 800 anytime minutes, $100 activation credit plus $50 referral credit

zoomer-wireless-zoomer-wireless-36-mth- ... t-2358748/

Also look at Public Mobile if you are ok with LTE Lite speeds

$40/5Gb plan with autopay

https://www.publicmobile.ca/en/bc/plans
Good strategy

Saving monthly plan is more important for long run. Compounding effect
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Instead of getting a 600 $ phone, why not just change the battery in your existing SE ?

It’s 65$, a lot cheaper.
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danmartin471 wrote: Instead of getting a 600 $ phone, why not just change the battery in your existing SE ?

It’s 65$, a lot cheaper.
While it is a cheaper option to change the battery, you also have to consider when Apple is going to stop updates to the iPhone SE. It's unclear when this will happen. Probably this year or next year, as it is near the end of its shelf life. If the OP grabs the iPhone SE 2, it would be worthwhile in the long run, extending the use of the phone to a few years before the updates are discontinued.
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I would vote for the battery change if the SE meets the user's needs. The SE2 is going to depreciate a lot more than $65 in a year. Also, some retailers take used phones as a trade in. I've turned in a few dead 5 to 6 year old Android phones for $50 off at Wow Mobile.

Even if Apple discontinues updates, the SE1 is still usable as a phone and music player.
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6S has the same CPU as SE1, so those phones will be supported as long.
Looking at the iPhone historic support cycle, they dropped the iPhone 6 earlier than expected. That's the first time they've broken the trend for iPhone. So it's anyone's guess going forward.

iPhone: OS 1-3 (2 upgrades)
iPhone 3G: iOS 2-4 (2 upgrades)
iPhone 3GS: iOS 3-6 (3 upgrades)
iPhone 4: iOS 4-7 (3 upgrades)
iPhone 4S: iOS 5-9 (4 upgrades)
iPhone 5: iOS 6-10 (4 upgrades)
iPhone 5s: iOS 7-12 (5 upgrades)
iPhone 6: iOS 8-12 (4 upgrades)
iPhone 6s: iOS 9-14? (5 upgrades)
iPhone SE: iOS 9-14? (5 upgrades)
iPhone 7: iOS 10-15? (5 upgrades)
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ji2o0k wrote: I suggest getting the Koodo $50/5GB BYOD plan if you need more data and then buy the SE2020 outright from Apple using your friend's 15% discount

https://www.koodomobile.com/rate-plans? ... Shop_Plans

Lucky runs on Bell - $40\5Gb unlimited talk & text (with auto top up)
https://www.luckymobile.ca/shop/plans/p ... _050119_ad

Zoomer runs on Rogers = $40.50 per month 6GB with unlimited minutes
$36/mth for 5gb 800 anytime minutes, $100 activation credit plus $50 referral credit

zoomer-wireless-zoomer-wireless-36-mth- ... t-2358748/

Also look at Public Mobile if you are ok with LTE Lite speeds

$40/5Gb plan with autopay

https://www.publicmobile.ca/en/bc/plans
Buy the SE2 outright and look for another Carrier plan. Since you mention you're being ripped-off by Virgin (1GB plan), there are better plans out there and cheaper than what you're paying now.
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Why are people recommending a battery replacement when OP stated that their battery health is still at 90%?

OP, I presume you're looking to upgrade for performance/future support reasons, which totally makes sense. I'd definitely recommend changing to a BYOD plan and buying outright if you can afford to buy outright. "Subsidized" carrier phones and plans *can* make sense, provided you upgrade at the exact moment when your old phone is paid off (and obviously depending on many other factors), otherwise the BYOD/outright option generally works out cheaper in the long run.
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wearysky wrote: Why are people recommending a battery replacement when OP stated that their battery health is still at 90%?

OP, I presume you're looking to upgrade for performance/future support reasons, which totally makes sense. I'd definitely recommend changing to a BYOD plan and buying outright if you can afford to buy outright. "Subsidized" carrier phones and plans *can* make sense, provided you upgrade at the exact moment when your old phone is paid off (and obviously depending on many other factors), otherwise the BYOD/outright option generally works out cheaper in the long run.
I had an iPhone 6s @ 90% battery health and still changed it when the cost was $35. The difference was amazing between the two (90% vs 100%).
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audit13 wrote: I had an iPhone 6s @ 90% battery health and still changed it when the cost was $35. The difference was amazing between the two (90% vs 100%).
exactly, I feel the battery health % is hugely overstated.
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