I got my Iphone 4 cheap on a plan and my replacement 32gb iphone 5 two years later for free on a plan , I gave my wife my iphone 4 but if I'd sold that for $450 second hand I only paid $250 or $300. Two years from now I can sell my free Iphone 5 for another $450 or more when I resign for a free Iphone 5s / 6 / 7. -snip-
You seem to be disregarding the fact that your handsets are subsidised by being on a plan. Please add the cost of your plan over the 2 year contract.
I believe there were plans for the SGSII that got you the phone for free , so if you sell it for $100 you are making money? :/
I'm sorry???? Add the cost of the plan over 2 years - There are some morons who get a plan they don't need to get the iphone "free" but I'm not that stupid. I pay $170 per month for UNLIMITED calling to landlines and mobiles, before this I had a plan with 400 included minutes for $120 per month and I never spent less than $250 with extra calling, I often spent $400 in a month with over usage. So I consider this new plan damn good value (for NZ) so I really do consider the Phone free, they don't have a version of this plan without handset subsidy as far as I could find as I did consider buying a phone outright. I just took a look and I've done 1100 minutes this month and I have 11 days left!.
I got a 32GB phone which costs $1200 retail so over a 24 month contract thats $50 per month - I'd like to see a $120 unlimited calling plan but I don't think you'll find one so I really considered the deal great value. If I can turn around after 2 years and sell it for $500 as its a 32GB model I'll be stoked.
I think Samsung and the likes do make their devices appear obsolete rapidly by not continuing to release Android updates etc so no-one wants anything older than the current or prior model. People are still chomping at the bit to get an iPhone 4 and amazingly I'm seeing 3Gs's going for a couple of hundred and they won't even do 3G when you get them out of the main centers (no 900mhz). I would still happily use my Iphone 4 myself, the main reason I resigned was because I hired a staff member and had to get him a phone and it all coincided with the launch of the Iphone 5. Its faster, has panorama photos and Siri, not deal breakers for me - All nice the have but I'd sooner own an Iphone 4 than a Galaxy S3 - And I spend my days setting Activesync and RDP access up for clients on a wide range of handsets.