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

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.

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

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. There are some cheaper iPhone-for-life options from carriers like Sprint, though, that is why we wanted to ask you if you think the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program is a good deal to take part in. Take your pick, and tell us why in the comments.

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

Yes
26.24%
I'll sign up for another iPhone installment plan
8.61%
No, I won't be signing for any iPhone installment plans
65.14%

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36 Comments

1. gaming64 unregistered

Seems like a good deal. I'm just not that kind of person who spends so much on tech as I save money for the time being. I'm still comfortable with my 5. For all those who considers this, don't be afraid to make this decision.

14. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Nope! Not interested at all....

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

71.58% of ppl disagree with you as of 8:50 am this morning at least.

2. gaming64 unregistered

If anybody downloaded iOS 9, can I ask if it's smooth as expected?

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its like iOS 8.4.1 but with bugs fixed and split view. Its working great on my iPad Air 2

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Just finished installing it on iPad 3 (4 year old device, I think). So far no problems, some things take a while to launch (0.5 to 1.5 seconds), but that was with iOS8 and iOS7. I did a full factory reset, because I want to remove my own iCloud integration and make it completely for my daughter, so no Apps to test yet. So far been playing with it for about 3 hours and nothing crashed to homescreen or froze. (By the way, this ipad never restarted in iOS 6, iOS7, iOS8, or iOS9 - only crashed few times to home screen and I just relaunched that app in iOS8 early updates). Anyway, I like to keep all transition animations, fade in/out, parallax, transparencies all Enabled. No noticable jitter in animations or blur fades. But in iOS8 apps tooke a split-second delay after tap til actual launch, in iOS9 still does but the delay is shorter. Recent Apps screen used to take about 1.5 seconds to show, now it's about 0.8 seconds. Everything else inside apps, and out, menus slidouts/popups, menu selections - all instant. But it was pretty much the same on late iOS8.4.1 Main thing... so far no crashes, or bugs. One thing Calendar App icon wasnt showing correctly - you can see crosshatched blank app desing behind the number - but after restart it's normal. Just noticed the maps with satellite imagery turned on is much smoother than iOS 8 or 7. It used to lag a lot when enabling 3d - now it still lags, but less. The finger multi-finger gestures to "slide between apps" and "pinch to exit" do respond a little slow. I'll report if I see anything of consern - so far no problems!

20. pradhanmn

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Loving it on my 5c

26. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Working fine on my iPad Mini 2.

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

IF YOU ALREADY OWN AN IPHONE I WOULDN'T SIGN UP FOR THIS PLAN. Anyone who already owns a iPhone would in fact lose money by switching to the new rent plan instead of reselling their old device and just paying the difference for the new iPhone. Because that difference they will have to pay for the new device will never be close to the $388.92(even more if you chose the 6s plus or an even high capacity iPhone) you will end up paying for the rent plan each year. The new plan only benefits people switching to an iPhone or people who have such a beat up iPhone that the resell value of it is under $350

10. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

EXTENSION OF POST #6 And keep in mind for those this plan does benefit (mentioned at the bottom of post#6) the benefits will only last a few years eventually if you keep using the iPhone and sticking with the 12 month rent plan, The plan will end up costing you more than buying full price then selling the old one and paying the difference. also this plan does not benefit some onewho upgrades every two years.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

WHAT DID YOU DO WITH CAPITALIZED WORDS!? YOU'RE NOT ARCH_ANGEL

31. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Told Someone I Wouldn't Cap The First Letter In Each Word When I Type Long Paragraphs Because They And Others Said It Was Hard To Read LOL.

32. AlikMalix unregistered

I love your capitals... It's so unique... I have a tendency to to dot-dot-dot at the end of every sentence... I dont do it in my customer invoices or estimates when I type them up, only in forums for some reason...

35. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

THX Man I Like Dots.......Too LOL....

13. AlikMalix unregistered

aa, I'm sure you mean good, and out of curiosity, I'll compare annual cost of what I have now, vs this (keep in mind it does include Apple Care). But some people just dont care to buy and sell and the effort it requires to save a couple hundred bucks. Walk in, bring your old phone, let the apple guy do all the transfer and backups, then all the setup and restore and walk out with new phone... seems like an effortless endeavor, plus it seems to be cheaper than EDGE/NEXT plans... (emphasis on: seems, I haven't ran the numbers yet)

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

In Canada at Telus we do trade-in. you bring your old phone and we give you average market value of the phone based on the state of this phone. Example we give 300$ for an iphone 5S ( Canadian $ ) and up to 450$ for iphone 6. ( iphone 5S go for 720$ full price new and iphone 6 16 gb for 840$ ) So exemple you paid your iphone 5S 150$ on contract. you exchange it after 2 year if in good state you get 300$ New iphone 6 16 gb cost 250$ on contract. So you get a brand new phone and an accessory. Much better than this crappy Apple monthly fee crap.

29. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

hell yeah its better.

30. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

its not cheaper than the next plans i ran the numbers. the only one that's cheaper is sprint's plan but that's only for 3 years then on the 4rth year you start to lose money. with the other plans you start losing money on the 3rd year. so if you're an apple fan and you know you'll never want another phone then going will this plan causes you to spend more money over the years compared to the next/edge plans. but that's only if you want to go though the hassle of selling your phone. if not then the rent plan is for you.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

What about included Apple Care? that's worth a good incentive... Keep in mind, these plans aren't for me - I like my 2 year Unlimited Data plans... I'll only jump on "new phone every year" if they let me keep unlimited data...

34. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

yeah i should check that out.

23. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

but you have the higher priced rate plans then. If you go with ATT/VZW/Sprint on a 2 yr contract, your plan costs up to $25/mo more by doing the 2 yr instead of installments. You might save on the phone but you pay $600 more on the plan over 2 years.

11. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Why not change the account number for your paycheck to Apple's account, get all of their products and relax!

15. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Its a great idea, Samsung, Sony, HTC should adopt the same strategy.

18. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Every year new phone is just stupid

36. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Exactly - just buy an entry level android phone like Redmi Note 2 or Lenovo K3 note (for less than $200) and use it till it breaks. You will not be missing much by not dropping big bucks every year on Apple's reverse philanthropy program.

37. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Not if you are with an Android device, Updates (which are important and fixing bugs and issue with ram and memory) a slow and often even major updates and new OS versions (with upgraded and improved security features etc) and are greatly delayed for even some of the flag ships.. Having a 3-4 year old phone running a 2 year old version of android is just not safe..and hell the same goes with an iPhone.

19. TBomb

Posts: 1029; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

That's a lot of money each month for a 16gb model..... especially since you only really get like 12gb after everything.. $32*12months = $388.12

21. thxultra

Posts: 423; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

T-mobile's plan is way better first off why pay full installment payments on a phone you are going to trade in next year? Also T-Mobile's plan allows you to change phones more often and doesn't lock you into a iphone. I have been very happy with my service but like to try different phones so T-Mobile's plan makes the most sense to me. Plus no taxes this is a huge savings when a phone cost over $600. That alone is almost 2 months of device payments.

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I voted Yes even though I have no intentions of getting an Iphone, because if it was a hypothetical situation where I would get an iphone, I would prefer to purchase direct from the manufacturer like this instead of from the carrier, because it gives me more freedom on the choice of service. T-mobile and Sprint's options may be cheaper, but you're tethered to T-Mobile or Sprint, and if your service with them isn't good, you'd have to fork over a lot of money at once to get out. If I did Apple's deal and signed up with one of them two and my service didn't work out, I can drop them like it's hot and get someone else, no biggie. I plan on doing this for a Moto X personally.

25. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1190; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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