So, we here at The CuT are incredible bargain hunters. We’ve decided to share that knowledge with you through our new “Cheapskate” series. And we’re kicking it off with our tips for the iPhone, since both the Asian-Persuasion and myself recently joined the club. (RingNAtion continues to use his Zack Morris phone, and Gay Guru is a hardcore Verizon enthusiast.)
In any case, being poor–mostly because no one pays us for the large amount of time we spend on this blog–we both opted for the refurbished option. As much I personally loathe Apple (my Mac at work is the computer equivalent of an epileptic), they do offer some pretty sweet deals on their refurbished stuff…and it’s all pretty much brand new.
Neither of us has very demanding tech needs. We already have iPods, and we won’t be watching copious* amounts of porn on them, so we got the 8Gb 3G phone for a whopping $50. In my case, I’d been holding out because frankly the idea of paying $30 for a data plan — AT&T offers an unlimited data plan for other phones for $15 — irked me. So I ordered a Nokia Surge online and returned it within days. It was awful. If I could have choked it to death, I would have.
Around the same time, my cousin’s complaints about her Blackberry Storm reached a fever pitch. She went through 5 of them…count them 1-2-3-4-5 in a matter of months. Fed up, she wasn’t exactly hard to convince to defect. She got out before Verizon jacked up its early cancellation fee, I put her on my plan. And now with us splitting the bill, the $30 data plan doesn’t seem so hard to swallow. And almost everyone I know is now an iPhone user, so almost every call I make is free. That means we didn’t have to jack up our “anytime minutes.”
So, long story short: If you want an iPhone but think you can’t afford it, just get the refurb option, and get someone else to join your plan and split the bill. Problem solved.
*the key word here is “copious”