Nov 09

The iPhone, according to many, revolutionized the way mobile devices work.  There’s no denying that it’s created a new trend in cell phones.  The iPhone brings several new things to the table: it doesn’t have a physical keyboard (instead you use the touch screen), it serves double duty as a phone and an iPod, and it features many unique and useful applications.  However, the iPhone also features a pretty hefty price tag.  If you shop around, though, you can find places to purchase cheap iPhones.

Many people immediately say to search the internet for a cheap iPhone.  However, when it comes to mobile devices, this isn’t always the solution.  In fact, sometimes iPhones and other mobile devices sold online are going to be more expensive than those sold in stores.  Why? - because they’re often unlocked versions of the phones.  A locked iPhone will only work for a specific carrier, forcing you to use that carrier’s service.  In return, the carrier often sells the actual iPhone for a large discount, and some even offer free phones with a contract (although the iPhone generally isn’t offered for free yet).  

Unlocked cell phones, on the other hand, work with any carrier’s network.  This means you can sign up for one carrier, decide you don’t like them, and change without worrying that you’ll need to pay to have your phone unlocked or even have to buy a new phone.  However, it also means you won’t get the associated discount you get when you sign up for a contract.  Most cell phones sold online are unlocked phones.  They will be sold at full price, and some actually are sold for more than full price because people want unlocked iPhones.

However, there is one place you may be able to score a cheap iPhone: eBay.  Auction sites sometimes have cheap iPhones, although you’ll have to fight other bidders for it.  You have to be careful when bidding on a cheap iPhone because if you get caught up in the bidding, you may end up paying full price for your iPhone.  To get it cheap, set a limit and don’t let yourself bid more than that amount.

Other places to find cheap iPhones include buying one directly from an individual who no longer wants their iPhone.  They may have bought one and decided they don’t like it, or they may have found a different phone they like better.  They might want to get rid of their iPhone for very little, especially if they don’t care about making back the money they put into it.