The latest is not necessarily the greatest. The iPhone 5 (on Amazon) (opens in a new window) is out, and while we’ve got some time with it, there’s no telling yet whether it will live up to the hype. The iPhone 4S (Sprint), on the other hand, has already earned our Editors’ Choice award, and it’s just a year old. And with Apple’s latest mobile OS—iOS 6—installed, an older iPhone can learn all the new tricks like Passbook, Maps, new calling options, and other features Tim Cook and company showed off on stage Wednesday.
If you don’t already have an iPhone 4S (or even a 4, if you don’t crave one with Siri), now’s the time to get one. Those who ordered the iPhone 5 are selling their old phones and they will soon hit the market.
Before adopting an iPhone 4S, remember to back up your iPhone if you have an older model. If you’re an Android user considering moving to Apple Planet, read our manual on how to make the switch.
When shopping, keep your carrier in mind. An unlocked AT&T iPhone can be used on fellow GSM provider T-Mobile, which is banking on such a thing because it doesn’t have an iPhone. It cannot be used on Verizon or Sprint, however, both work on CDMA networks. If you plan to stick with Verizon or Sprint, be sure to buy a phone that was already on your chosen carrier’s network.
The current selection of used iPhones may seem low on some sites, but the stock will go up (and prices down) once the iPhone 5 ships. So, if you don’t see what you want at a good price, keep checking back, especially around September 21st when they start shipping the iPhone 5s.
If you want an iPhone and you’re looking for a certain thing instead of that “one more thing,” here are eight places where you can find your perfect match.
Gazelle is one of the top places to sell iPhones, so it makes sense to look on its site for a used iPhone, right? not so fast. Gazelle sells its stock to wholesalers, but it also puts some phones for sale in its eBay store (opens in a new window).
3. Worth the Next
Nextworth, which declares “its passion to curb electronic waste,” takes the phones on its site and then sells them through its eBay store (opens in a new window). The company also partners with Target, J&R and others to obtain its inventory.
PriceGrabber is an online comparison shopping site with dozens of departments, including iPhone (opens in a new window). Buyers can select “Used” and “Refurbished” under the Condition category and narrow down their choices for carrier, color, etc.
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