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Old Dec 9th, 2012, 01:14 PM   #1
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If you had to do it over again, would you buy an unlocked iPhone full price from Apple, or buy it subsidized from a carrier with a contract?
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Old Dec 9th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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Unlocked everytime. If you plan on taking even one trip where you will be roaming its a no brainier. Even if not the freedom to switch carriers if/when a better plan comes along is well worth it.
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Old Dec 9th, 2012, 03:42 PM   #3
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I hate contracts period. I hate locked phones even more.

However with most carriers unlocking iPhones now I'd consider buying from a carrier if the terms were 2 years or if it was easier to break the contract for a reasonable fee.


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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 08:20 AM   #5
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OK, so I go unlocked. Any suggestions as to which carrier? I know they all have their own type of pay as you go--any good/bad experiences? (BTW, based in Toronto).
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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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Been happy with koodo as well.

I've heard that support over the phone sucks, but haven't had to call koodo for anything. The online services have been good and I've changed my plans a few times depending on what they've offered at the time.

I've avoided pay as you go, and just gone month to month with their regular plans.

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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 01:24 PM   #8
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Another vote for Koodo; I'm very happy with my service from them.
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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #9
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Not that I'm pro-contract but a contract phone does offer some benefits. I mean if you're perfectly happy with the plan you have, some of us do have some pretty good deal that we've aqcuired over the years, then it can be a prety decent savings. Compare a 64GB iPhone5 for instance - $1015 from apple after tax (I'm actually stunned that a phone can cost so much btw) vs $428 after tax on contract- a whopping $587 cheaper. So if you plan on having phone service for 3 years and like the plan you're getting, then perhaps this is a good way to save some cash.

Granted you are locked in to the carrier so no popping in a SIM card from AT&T while away, but you can still use your phone if you need to as is.

Not saying this is the right way to go for you, just an alternative to why a contract price might be worth your while.
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Has anyone compared Koodo with Virgin Mobile? Any opinions on that?

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