So, my current smart phone is getting ready to give up the ghost. The camera’s broken, and it won’t turn on without a battery pull. Plus, it’s a BlackBerry, which means that it will probably brick* itself soon. That means I’m shopping for a phone.
I’ve already decided that I’m going with a phone that uses the Android operating system. It’s an open source operating system (which I prefer), has a mature app market, and looks really fast and handy. I also have a lot of phones which will run android to choose from. Being a financial planner and all around tightwad, I’m hesitant to plunk down money to buy a phone retail.** So, I started shopping around, and I found a neat way to get a decent phone on the cheap.
New phones are like new cars, in that they depreciate quickly right after you buy them. That’s why I’m buying a phone that’s a few years old, but is still new form the box. My hope is that I’ll have the long useful life of a new phone, but the lower cost of something that’s cheaper because it’s behind the curve. It’s no guarantee of a good deal, but I think it’s a reasonable plan to get a decent overall value, over time.
Do you have an awesome smart phone savings trick? Share in the comments!
* BlackBerry phones are widely known for failing such a way that the phone is unrecoverable, thus turning a multi-hundred-dollar smart phone into a little plastic brick. And RIM wonders why people don’t buy their phones.
** I’m not upgrading, because upgrading would cost me my unlimited data plan, and I won’t have that.