Last week all my husband and I could think and talk about was the new iPhone 5s coming out. We wanted one each. We have been so patient with our iPhone 4s (plural – one each, not iPhone 4s!) that we thought this was the one we were waiting for. We skipped the 4s, the 5, and I had said I was waiting for them to make marked improvements on the camera before I got a new one. Introducing the 5s. Improvements across the board. To top it off, Apple was having a 12-month interest free deal with the GE card that we have. Perfect!
The phone was slated to come out Friday and you could order them online at 12:01am. We contemplated doing that, in case our local Apple store had run out by the time we could get there Saturday morning. Since we can’t remember the last time we stayed awake that late, and since we’d have to wait for shipping and wouldn’t get that instant gratification, we decided to wait until Saturday.
At some point on Thursday, common sense kicked in. “I’m not getting a new phone” I texted to The Mechanic. “And I don’t think you should either.” We just got our credit card paid off in August. Were we really prepared to turn around and put ourselves $2000 in to debt over 2 new phones!?!? When really all I wanted was the updated camera? I have over $4000 of camera equipment. If I’m going to be spending $1000 on anything to do with cameras it should be for my Markiii. Yes it has faster technology, it has fingerprint technology (the reason The Mechanic wanted it), but goodness, are those necessities?
Do you want to figure out how to save some money? Let your contract expire and go on a pre-paid plan. When looking at plans for the iPhone 5s, Telstra had one for $82/month. That contract, over 2 years, would cost us $3936 for 2 phones. We pay $48 every 6 weeks for our pre-paid Woolworths plan. That’s less than $850 for 2 years, and a savings of over $3000. $1500/year might not sound like much, but I can tell you a lot of things you can do with $1500 that are more fun, more healthy, and give far better rewards and memories than buying the newest phone.
In saying all that, I must confess, I am still
not so quietly pining for an iPhone 5s.
Did you get one? What do you think of it? Do you hate it and want to give it to me? I’ll send you my iPhone 4?
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