Buying an iPhone 6 During the Worst Time of Year to Buy Phones
In an earlier episode of The Billfold, titled The Cost of Having a Janky Phone, I told you all I wanted to upgrade my three-year-old HTC Evo by August 1, and I wanted to finally buy an iPhone.
I bought my iPhone 6 on August 10. I hate missing deadlines.
I was ready to buy my new phone on August 1. A friend sent me a referral code to sign up with Credo Mobile (“phone-powered progressive change”), and if I bought my phone with that code, we’d both get $100.
So I hopped on to Credo, checked the coverage in my area, and then decided I’d buy an iPhone 6 because it was the highest number of iPhone offered, so that probably meant it was the best.
Then I decided to run it by my friends, and the dialogue kinda went like this (paraphrased):
ME: So should I buy an iPhone 6 or what, it is the biggest number of iPhone
FRIENDS: You’re going to buy a phone without testing it first tho
ME: Online shopping, get on trend
FRIENDS: Um the iPhone 6 is big, have you even seen it
ME: Do you understand that the only thing I know about this phone is that it has a number 6 attached
FRIENDS: Well, some of us think it is too big for comfortable use
ME: Is it so big that I will have to remove snacks to fit it in my purse
FRIENDS: Probably not
ME: So can I buy this thing, I have an arbitrary deadline here
FRIENDS: This is the worst time of year to buy phones, maybe wait until September, iPhone 7, DISCOUNTS???
ME: My phone is broken now tho
FRIENDS: Seriously, go to a store and hold one
ME: Stores are the worst but okay
I ended up going to a T-Mobile store because it was the closest one to my apartment. The T-Mobile customer service rep really wanted to have a conversation with me about the benefits of switching to T-Mobile, but I said “I’m just going to look at your phones for a few minutes and then I’m going to buy one online,” and he left me alone. It was excellent customer service.
At this point, a person who was interested in phones might have paid attention to details like battery life or megapixels, or the way the phone felt in the hand. But I’m a satisficer. It took me maybe two full minutes to walk through the phone display, note that all the phones were larger than they used to be, and pick up an iPhone 6. It was a phone. It appeared to work. It had the biggest number on it. Done.
(I will be honest; I was briefly tempted to buy an iPhone 5S because I would have saved $50. But then I told myself not to cheap out on this.)
So I went back to Credo and used the $100 referral code to get my phone. In my case, the $100 came off the cost of my purchase, bringing my bill to $53.70. I’ll be interested to see whether my friend gets $100 off his bill, or if Credo offers him store credit on headphones and travel chargers.
Then Credo invited me to e-sign a bunch of petitions supporting progressive social causes—Bernie Sanders’ name was prominently mentioned—and I was all awww yeah, I am doing the minimum amount possible and I’m still feeling great about myself!
Lastly, I had the option to trade in my HTC Evo for cash. I’ll leave you with the image of what my janky phone is worth:
Photo credit: Kārlis Dambrāns