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iPhone Buy Guide - How and Where to Buy an iPhone, Which iPhone is The Best

Sept. 17, 2013 03:34 pm / Posted by Andrew Coffe to iOS Data Manager
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Finally, you make up your decision to by an iPhone as this year's smartphone at hand. However, that is not all your final step, because you need to consider which iPhone you should buy (the new iPhone SE/6s/6s Plus/6, or the used iPhone 5S5/4S/4), and how to buy an iPhone.

iPhone Buyers Guide

This iPhone buy guide is aim to help you get the optimal iPhone. With these 2 parts specifying which iPhone is the best and how/where to buy an iPhone, you will make up your final decision without any confusion.

Part 1. Which iPhone Is the Best for You

Part 2. How and Where to Buy an iPhone

Part 1. Which iPhone Is the Best for You

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When it comes to figure out the question of "which iPhone do I have", several iPhone models may hit your head: the new iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. For your information, we list the comparison about the pros and cons of these iPhones in the table below to help you clear up which iPhone is the best for you own.

  The new iPhone 5S The new iPhone 5C iPhone 5 iPhone 4S

• The latest and greatest iPhone of 2013.

• Large screen with 4-inch Retina Display

• Runs 64-bit A7 processor and 40% faster than A6 processor.

• Better camera & video with 8 megapixels.

• The only iPhone with an integrated fingerprint scanner for better security.

• M7 Motion co-processor to enable new kinds of sports, fitness and physically aware apps.

• M7 iOS 7.

• 3 colors: black, white and gold

• The latest iPhone of 2013.

• A new design of iPhone 5 with all its strengths: 4-inch Retina Display screen, improved camera, 4G LTE networking, A6 processor and more.

• Slightly improved camera and battery

• Runs iOS 7

• 5 colors: yellow, pink, white, green, and blue.

• Lower price: 32GB $199 with a 2-year contact and 16GB $99

• Almost the same with iPhone 5C except the colors and iOS 7

• Runs A5 processor and faster than earlier models.

• 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video.

• The price is now free with a 2-year contact.


• The most expensive: 16GB $199, 32GB $299, 64GB $399.

• Almost the same feature with iPhone 5.

• No fingerprint scanner.

• Only 2 colors: black and white

• The iPhone 5 was discontinued on September 10, 2013

• Only 8GB is available.

• The screen is 0.5-inch smaller than iPhone 5S and 5C.

• Slower wireless data.

• Slower processor than the latest iPhones.

• Only 2 colors

With all these information in the table, you would be sure now which iPhone model is suitable for you. After picking out the iPhone model, you may need to consider one more thing: if you prefer the iPhone 5/4S, to get a new one, or a used/second-hand one, that is a question. However, the good news is that no matter whether you want to buy the latest iPhone 5S/5C, or the previous iPhone 5/4S (the totally new and fresh one or the old/used one), you can try what are introduced below to get your best iPhone, like where to buy a new iPhone, how to buy a used iPhone.

Part 2. How and Where to Buy an iPhone

After you decide which iPhone to buy, you can start right now to buy your favorite model. There are many options for you to choose. Make up your mind on how and where to buy an iPhone.

1. Apple Store

You can purchase an iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S at any Apple's 180-plus retail store across USA, Canada, the UK, Japan, Italy, China, etc. The Apple store will activate your newly purchased device, but you can also activate your iPhone by yourself.

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2. AT&T Stores

You can also go to the closest AT&T store to buy an iPhone and activate it on site. With over 1,800 AT&T stores in the USA, an AT&T may be your best to choice on how to buy a new iPhone.

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3. Best Buy

Other good option to buy an iPhone is the Best Buy, since it became the first major retailer besides Apple and AT&T to be authorized to sell iPhone. Best Buy does not sell iPhone on line, so you need to visit the retail stores of it to buy the new iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C, or purchase a used iPhone 5/4S/4 at a discount.

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4. Sprint

As the third-largest mobile phone company, Sprint now is offering the iPhone. You can purchase any iPhone which is available now in its retail stores.

5. Pre-Paid Carriers

You can also go to buy an iPhone through many pre-paid phone companies, such as Cricket, Straight Talk, and Virgin. There are some trade-offs and you may save some money on your monthly bill.

6. Radio Shack

You can get all iPhone models in the longtime electronics retailer Radio Shack now. Meanwhile, you can take part in its trade-in program which can net upgrades up to $200.

7. Regional Carriers

Compared with the pre-paid phone companies, these regional carriers offer two attractive things: coverage in rural areas and discounts on some iPhone models. Therefore, if you are living in rural locations, you can take it as a nice consideration to buy an iPhone.

8. Target

You can buy an iPhone and service plan from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or Virgin at its nearly 1,800 stores in the USA. Target doesn't sell iPhone online but you can get information about the sales on their website.

9. T-Mobile

T-Mobile starts to sell iPhone in 2013, so you can buy all current iPhone at any T-Mobole's retail and online store.

10. Verizon

As the biggest cell phone company, Verizon sells all iPhone models at its retail stores. You can visit the closest stores on it to purchase a new iPhone 5S/5C, or the old iPhone 5/4S. Keep in mind that Verizon and AT&T use different network technologies on your iPhone.

11. Wal-Mart

As the world' largest retailer, Wal-Mart, of course, also sells all iPhones. This is another nice choice for you to buy an iPhone. You can visit its retail stores or it website to get your favorite iPhone.

12. eBay

Many people sell their old or used iPhone on eBay, which means you can buy an unlocked iPhone from there. New iPhone models are also available.

Besides these 12 ways on how and where to purchase an iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S, or other iPhone models, you can also buy your wanted device on Amazon, Craiglist, Gazelle, SellYourMac.com, etc. In addition, you can also sell your old iPhone if you have a used one and want to replace it with a new one.

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