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I'm in dire need of a new phone, but I don't want to upgrade a month or two before the 800MHz phones become available. 

 

Option A:  I could just renew my contract now and get a 1900 LTE phone with the upgrade discount, and then buy a full price 800 LTE phone when they come out and sell the 1900 one.  I'll start my 2 year cycle right away, but will have to buy a brand new phone at full price in a few months (probably around $650).  I also won't be saving that much with the upgrade vs a used phone unless I get the newest phone (GS4), but in that case I'll actually make money on the resale. 

 

Option B: I could buy a used 1900 LTE phone now (probably Photon Q), and save my upgrade for a few months until the 800 LTE phones come out.  This delays my upgrade until that time, but maximizes the savings from it by getting a brand new phone. The used price of the Photon Q is only about $50 more than the upgrade discounted price. 

 

Has anyone been in a similar situation when waiting for a certain phone to come out?  What is the most economical solution?  My TP2 doesn't even download weather data anymore, can't run sensorly, is too slow and small to use the internet for more than a quick google search, and freezes pretty often when doing the most basic things like texting.  I don't want to take Option C and wait it out since I might not even like the first 800 LTE phones, and we don't know for sure when they'll be out.  I'd appreciate any input you can give. :)

 

EDIT: If it matters, I'm on SERO 500, and would be upgrading to the SERO-P 500 whenever I get a new phone. 

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If my family completely upgrades in the coming month (when all of us are eligible for early upgrade), I'll probably grab a GS4 and sell my old GS2. Then when tri-band phones come out, I'll sell the GS4 and utilize the funds from the sale to acquire the tri-band device. 

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If my family completely upgrades in the coming month (when all of us are eligible for early upgrade), I'll probably grab a GS4 and sell my old GS2. Then when tri-band phones come out, I'll sell the GS4 and utilize the funds from the sale to acquire the tri-band device. 

exactly what im going to do. Maybe even a tri band s4

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I'm a little afraid of taking the jump to a virtual keyboard.  I'm sure it's not as bad on a big screen like a GS4, but it still can't be as good as a physical one.  I know I'll have to go to one soon, but I'm still scared.  :P

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I'm a little afraid of taking the jump to a virtual keyboard.  I'm sure it's not as bad on a big screen like a GS4, but it still can't be as good as a physical one.  I know I'll have to go to one soon, but I'm still scared.  :P

You'll pick up on the touch-screen keyboard pretty fast, I type extremely fast with my iPhone, when I had my S3 it sucked at texting.

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You'll pick up on the touch-screen keyboard pretty fast, I type extremely fast with my iPhone, when I had my S3 it sucked at texting.

What's the difference between you typing on the S3 vs the iPhone?  Or is it just that the S3 was the first virtual keyboard you used and you were still learning? 

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What's the difference between you typing on the S3 vs the iPhone? Or is it just that the S3 was the first virtual keyboard you used and you were still learning?

Not entirely sure, I have had every iPhone since they came out so perhaps I am just used to the way iOS does things.
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Try out Swiftkey on Android and you'll never look back.

Truth. 

 

Can you renew your contract without getting a phone, then get a phone off ebay saving the upgrade for later when the 800 phones are released?

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Truth. 

 

Can you renew your contract without getting a phone, then get a phone off ebay saving the upgrade for later when the 800 phones are released?

 

You can just by a phone off eBay and add it to your line then renew your contract later when you decide to get the triband phone. I've done it a couple times in the past while I was waiting on a phone that I wanted, but didn't come out for a few months.

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agree!  I run this keyboard on every android device I own, never disappointed me...

more so that that i can't stand the lack of hard press buttons on the iphone i.e. accessing numbers from the letters screen. the multi language support is awesome on swiftkey, and you do not even need to switch the keyboard language. It just works with whatever language that you type/flow.

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You can just by a phone off eBay and add it to your line then renew your contract later when you decide to get the triband phone. I've done it a couple times in the past while I was waiting on a phone that I wanted, but didn't come out for a few months.

I have a upgrade due but I was hoping I could renew and not have to use my upgrade yet. I bought an evo 3D with my last upgrade 2 years ago, after about 13 months I had had it with that phone and got an evo LTE off ebay. I like my evo LTE and I like my sero plan particularly now with NV rolling along. But I know any phone I get now wont have 800 or possibly 2500 radios. I can see myself happily using the evo until next summer (2014) using the upgrade then, and being able to upgrade/renewal the following summer (2015). 

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Just remember, every month you go without upgrading, you have to wait another month to get the next one.

 

I always upgrade the second I can :)

 

If you don't want the phone, sell it.

 

Ya but I'm also still on regular SERO, so every month with a new phone would cost me $20 more on my bill since they'll force me to upgrade to SERO-P. It comes close to cancelling out ($400 off every 24 months = $16.67 a month).

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Ya but I'm also still on regular SERO, so every month with a new phone would cost me $20 more on my bill since they'll force me to upgrade to SERO-P. It comes close to cancelling out ($400 off every 24 months = $16.67 a month).

 

You can always downgrade back to your old handset.

 

I just did this with the GS4.  Made a nice tidy little profit.

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