Now’s a Great Time to Buy an iPhone — An Old One, That Is

The announcement of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X means a big price drop for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

While the rest of the internet is buzzing about the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X (that’s pronounced “iPhone Ten”), you might consider something else: the old iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As is typical in September, the announcement of the new iPhone models coincides with a drop in the price for the current model. The iPhone 7 price drop brings it to $549 for a 32 GB model or $649 for a 128 GB model. That’s about $100 off the original price and a cool $150 less than the new iPhone 8.

The iPhone 7 Plus goes for $669 for a 32 GB model and $769 for a $128 GB model.

Of course, it’s a little less exciting to get anything less than the latest and greatest. But I’ll tell you what…

I have always been one or two generations behind on my iPhone and I’ve never felt paralyzed by FOMO. In fact, I have no intention of upgrading my iPhone 6S unless it breaks (which, given my track record, is actually pretty likely). I’ve been feeling less and less compelled to get the latest iPhone model as the years go on.

Haters will say that it’s due to a lack of innovation on Apple’s part. But I won’t go that far. The thing is: an iPhone 6S is still a really fantastic phone. It works perfectly and the camera is stunning. Oh, and it has a headphone jack.

If you have an iPhone 5 or earlier, then it’s worth considering an upgrade to an iPhone 7. It’ll feel like night and day, but you’ll be spending a whole lot less than those clamoring for an iPhone 8.

What do you think? Which iPhone model do you currently have? Would you consider upgrading to an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 8?



  1. Andre Da Costa

    September 14, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Imagine if you wait another year, you will get the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus even cheaper. If your intention is to collect all iPhone models, this probably cheapest way to do it.

    My recommendation is, don’t upgrade unless you have to: Apple no longer supports it with new iOS versions or it breaks or the 16 GBs is excruciating to use.

    • Ken D

      September 15, 2017 at 6:24 am


  2. Robin

    September 15, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Afraid i don’t have an iphone or ever will, whilst they may be good you have to be a flipping lottery winner to be able to afford one though i suppose all the nerds and other idiots just stick it on their lovely plastic which is probably still loaded up with all their other iphones lol.

  3. Brian Burgess

    September 17, 2017 at 2:36 am

    The idea of buying a new phone every year is getting old at this point anymore — and has been not essential for the past few years IMO — whether it’s Android or iPhone.

    I am still loving my Nexus 6P. It has far more power for anything I would ever need it for and as long as it doesn’t break I am good. It’s also modern enough that I was able to install Oreo on it.

    Keep in mind also is when you look at the specs, there isn’t anything of consequence different between the iPhone 8 or 8 plus compared to the X.

    Also, the iPhone X is a “first-gen” device in a lot of ways. How well is the Face Recognition even going to work in the real world? We don’t know.

    Like Jack mentions, Getting an iPhone 7 is probably a good way to go for most people if they NEED to get a new iPhone.

  4. Michael

    September 19, 2017 at 5:46 am

    They can keep pushing new phones all they want. I don’t have an iJunk, err iPhone, nor do I ever plan to get one. They are way overpriced. They are a closed eco-system. I could go on and one. My work phone is a Galaxy S7 which does more than I need and what I use works perfectly. The only upgrade I’m even considering is a replacement of my person Galaxy Mega. It is on Android 4.4 and won’t get newer OSs so it is a little dated. I am looking at upgrading to the Note 8. I like the bigger screens.

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