Second-hand iPhone market going strong, Apple and carriers don't mind
0. phoneArena 18 Jan 2012, 05:18 posted on
A recent study finds that the second-hand iPhone market is flourishing, and that brings benefits to both carriers and Apple. As much as 11 percent of AT&T iPhone users own a second-hand unit...
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1. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
One problem with this is that apple only give a measly one year warranty with the iphone where as even your basic bottom of the barrel cheap phones have 2 years. Therefore most people buying a second hand iphone are buying a phone with no warranty and from what my experience in the phone industry retailing has thought me iphones have a very inherent trait for going faulty quite soon after the warranty is up,most common faults after one year is menu button getting stuck or things like phone freezing or gone blank after software update through itunes to name just two.
The second hand market though is indeed flooded with second hand iphones as when a 'new' iphone is released apple trigger a switch in ifans head compelling them to buy the new iphone immediately despite it being the exact same as last years model but now with something like siri.
3. bigdawg23 (Posts: 353; Member since: 25 May 2011)
I have never had a Windows, Blackberry or Android phone that have more than a 1 year warranty. However with most carriers, when you add insurance your warranty becomes two years.
If you don't have insurance on your phone line all used devices are a gamble.
As for the second market on iPhones, you by far get the highest value. I sold my iPhone 4 for $400. It went in 24 hours. I could have asked $450 and gotten it.
4. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Everyone phone in uk & Ireland and Europe in fact must have a 2 year warranty by law. Apple has recently been sued in Italy for only having a one year warranty and then trying to get iphone users to cough up huge amounts for a second year warranty.
It happens on a daily basis in mobile retail people coming into store with an faulty iphone,its just over the one year warranty,no insurance and they are in an 18 or 24 month contract so are a long way off an upgrade.
2. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
The problem with used android phones is that manufactures generally abandon the phones after 1 year, refusing to update and provide accessories. Apple phones are generally updated for up to 3 years with a flooded accessory market even for a 2 year old phone.
6. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)
with all of the iphones looking about the same and being about the same size, i don't think you could call it a "flooded" accessory market, seeing as most of the accessories will probably fit most of the versions of the iphones, right?
5. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
a friend of mine had to take his iphone 4 to the store 3 times for repairs, hardware and software.
His buying an android later in the year now.
Serious and true story!
7. bigboy029 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)
cool! oh wait.... how does this relate to the article?
8. Mr.Cool2012 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
Cool story bro. I had waffles for breakfast. With Canadian maple syrup. Made my morning.