Poll results: Will you sign up for Apple's new iPhone Upgrade Program?

Apple made one of its biggest announcement events ever last week, putting the spotlight on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, coming with an upgraded 12 MP camera, and a 3D Touch pressure-sensitive displays. In a typical fashion, Apple announced the new iOS telephony gear on Wednesday, September 9th, and is launching the phones in its retail shops on September 25th.

Not only that, but there will be a new iPhone Upgrade Program in Apple's retail stores, that will guarantee you always have the newest iPhone, starting at $32/month for the 16 GB iPhone 6s. In 12 months, you can return the iPhone you got with it, and get the new version, extending your Upgrade Program for two years again.

AppleCare+ is included in the monthly installment, and covers up to two accidents for the two rolling years, though you still have to pay the $99 service fee if you, say, broke your screen, and want it replaced. The new iPhone-for-life project is available only in the Apple Stores, though you can reserve online, and only for eligible US customers with valid credit.

Apple's strike-back move to the decreasing carrier subsidies makes the cost of iPhone ownership pretty bearable when spread over time, plus you can always get the new gear on the next upgrade cycle. Apple, on the other hand, will make roughly $884 in revenue from this arrangement (12 months x $32, plus selling the iPhone as refurbished for around $500 the next year), so it sounds like a win-win combo for both sides. 

As you can see above, there are some cheaper iPhone-for-life options from carriers like Sprint, though, that is why we asked you yesterday if you think the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program is a good deal to take part in. It turns out that 65% of the respondents won't be getting an iPhone in recurring installments, while 9% are looking at other upgrade options than Apple's offering. A full quarter of the respondents, though, find the new iPhone Upgrade Program an enticing deal, and intend to sign up, not a bad number for a limited rollout.

Will you sign up for Apple's new iPhone Upgrade Program?

I'll sign up for another iPhone installment plan
No, I won't be signing for any iPhone installment plans

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Kidney is needed for life, not iphone!

6. TBomb

Posts: 1580; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Nah, you can survive with one. that'll give you a solid years time on the plan.

2. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I don't get it. iPhones have a good resale value. In the first year you would have paid Apple $384 and then you decide to turn it in? Subtract that from $650 and you have $266. You can easily get $400 to $500 if you sale the phone yourself after one year going the carrier route. Apple is running a con game. Their selling you Apple care which only a fraction would ever use and then their going to turn around and sale the phone for $500 to $600 used after you paid $384. This plan is only for lazy people that don't mind losing money. People need to do the math.

8. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

It's not just Apple that does this, it's all the carriers. No trade in program is worth it if you look at the math. Even with Android phones that have lower resale value, it's better to buy the phone outright and sell it yourself.

3. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I would rather buy myself a new Gaming PC (Which can actually be productive) than waste so much money on a toy.

4. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Buy or build. If you mean pre assembled from store it's a worse deal than this iPhone program. Smartphones aren't really toys either.

7. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

Apparently they are toys with how young kids are these days with a smart phone.

5. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

jaja.. "not a bad number for a limited rollout".. Had to win the argument somehow. Face it, people are about to open their eyes regarding this ongoing Apple ripoff...


Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

You have your numbers wrong for AT&T Next on a 16GB iPhone 6S. It's $649.99 for the 16GB. Divide that by 20 months and you get $32.49, not $39. The 20 month plan allows you to upgrade after 12 months when you trade in towards the new phone.

10. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I think Apple and every single mark are goin way to far, flagships could been replaced every 2 years not once-a-year it makes us feel no differences between each model.

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