Getting the Newest Smartphone

smartphoneThere is so much hype surrounding the about to be unveiled Samsung Galaxy S4 that I feel compelled to speak. My opinion – don’t take the plunge…at least not yet.

I confess I might not be the most fiscally sound when it comes to my phone plan. Don’t get me wrong – I’m on a family plan and I get a substantial discount from my employer, but, if I truly wanted the absolute lowest price I would be with these guys. Alas, I just like having newer technology and the thought of carrying around a phone that was released a few years ago just does not work for me. However, I do have standards and buying  the latest and greatest newest smartphone is something that I do NOT buy into.

History shows us that Android smartphone prices drop fairly quickly after their release. The competition is stiff and the “newest model” doesn’t retain its position for long. If you make the purchase on release day you are paying for the hype more than the actual device.

If it is just imperative that you have it right away look for pre-order specials. You could find it for $50 less than the actual list price. Not your best bet but you can save a little.

If you can wait a few months you’ll save 50% or possibly more on the S4 or any new new device for that matter. Check out sites like Amazon Wireless, Wirefly, and LetsTalk for the best prices. They even sometimes have offers that come with a waiver of the activation fee (a $36 savings).  It always pays to buy your phone on a third party website, not through your provider’s website or local store. The only exception to that rule is Black Friday.

Your best bet for getting the ultimate deal is to set up an email alert with my favorite website. They check all of the third party websites for the best deals on new phone hardware. Happy phone hunting!

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    My contract is up and I’m “eligible for upgrade”. Do I wait for the price to drop on the S4 or do I go ahead and get the S3…I havent read too much of a difference in the two.

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      March 14, 2013

      Hey Corey,

      Good question. You might want to see what upgrades the S4 has over the S3 in today’s release. If they are important to you then I might wait a couple of months and see what sort of deals the discount websites that I mentioned are offering (and set up an alert on dealnews.com). If they aren’t important and you really want the S3 then the next couple of weeks are going to be a great time to purchase it. You should be able to find it for one cent in some places since it will now be considered outdated, even though it really isn’t.

      One other option would be to purchase the S3 without a contract at full price (I’m seeing it offered on newegg.com for $257 after a $40 mail in rebate. That is cheap! Then you could take it to a service like Straight Talk and have the benefits of a great new phone, cheaper monthly bill, unlimited everything, and no contract!

      Here is the link to the S3 no contract deal: http://dealnews.com/Unlocked-Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-8-GB-Phone-257-after-rebate-free-shipping/679500.html

      Good luck!

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    March 14, 2013

    The Republic phone, while running an older version of Android, was only released last summer, not years ago.

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      March 14, 2013

      Hey Kathy,

      It was released last summer but wasn’t cutting edge when it was released. It is running older technology and a much older version of the Android operating system. I’m partial to the screen sizes that are closer to 4.5 inches as well. To each their own and the Republic Wireless offer is certainly an amazing deal. I would recommend it to anyone that doesn’t care about having a super up to date phone, but it just doesn’t work for me.

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    Another benefit to waiting is fewer bugs or hardware problems. Others pay to test drive the device and you get a better finished product at a lower price.

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    March 14, 2013

    Hey Heinlein,

    Great point! That added benefit makes it even more compelling to wait it out.

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