iPhone 5

Not Eligible to Upgrade to the iPhone 5S? Do it Anyway for Less Than $100

The next-generation iPhones go on sale at Apple.com tomorrow at 12:01 a.m. PST, and at local Apple stores at 8 a.m., but unfortunately not everyone is eligible for an upgrade through their mobile provider. AT&T and Verizon Wireless early termination fees range between $325-350, making it expensive to upgrade to a new device every year. However, there is a way you can terminate your contract and still have a little extra cash to put towards a new iPhone 5s.

iPhone Trade In

While there are many mobile phone trade in services, the best we have found is through Nextworth.com. NextWorth is currently offering around $300 or higher for used iPhones in working condition. For example, if you're one year into your AT&T contract your early termination fee will be $325 minus $10 for every month you've completed. If you trade in your your 32GB iPhone 5 to NextWorth for $317, you can pay off your $205 early termination fee and you'll still have around $112 left over to put towards a new iPhone 5s. The same deal also applies to Verizon Wireless users, but you'll have a little less extra cash on hand since their ETF is higher than AT&T's. This means you can potentially nab a 16GB iPhone 5s for around $90 or a 32GB model for around $190.

New iPhone Lineup May Only Include iPhone 5 Models

Apple could be shaking up the entire iPhone lineup with the release of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. A leaked screenshot from Canadian carrier Telus reveals that the mobile provider is planning to discontinue the 32GB and 64GB models of the iPhone 5 on September 28. That's only a few days after the rumored launch of next-generation iPhone and new low-cost iPhone. The 16GB iPhone 5 model will most likely replace the iPhone 4S as the $99 model in Apple's new lineup. While this is nothing new, it is the rumored iPhone 5C that is really throwing a wrench into Apple's future iPhone pricing plans.

iPhone 5 Discontinued

In a typical Apple iPhone cycle, the iPhone 4S would normally slip into the Free slot of the upcoming lineup, but the iPhone 5C could be slated to take its place. If the rumors are true, this means we will be losing the iPhone 4 and 4S, instead of just the oldest model, and Apple could be planning to announce an all iPhone 5-branded lineup on September 10.

Save 25% on Vampire Diaries, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter iPhone Cases

Warner Bros. is offering 25% off on all of its iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphone cases. The cases feature a variety of designs based on some the WB's most popular film and television franchises like The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory and The Lord of the Rings.

Warner Bros. iPhone Cases

Each case protects the back and sides of your phone from damage while giving you complete access to all ports and functions. The iPhone cases include an additional silicone sleeve that protects your phone from scratches. The cases are compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and Galaxy S3 and S4.

Virgin Mobile iPhone 5 Launching on June 28

Virgin Mobile has announced it will begin offering the iPhone 5 with unlimited 3G/4G LTE data on Friday, June 28. Contract-hesitant consumers can nab the 16GB model at a Virgin Mobile retail store, or online for $550. The 32GB and 64GB units will only be available through VirginMobileUSA.com for $650 and $750, respectively. The Apple handset is being coupled with Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk plan, which includes unlimited data and messaging starting at $35 a month. Virgin Mobile is also offering a $5 per-month discount plan for customers who sign up for automatic payments.

Virgin Mobile iPhone 5

If you can't afford to drop over $500 for an iPhone all at once, T-Mobile offers the 16GB iPhone 5 for $149 down with 24 monthly payments of $20. There is no contract, but you do have to make all 24 payments even if you decide to leave T-Mobile. You also have to pay at least $20 a month for a data plan to be able to use T-Mobile's network.

Case-Mate Launches iPhone 5 and Galaxy S 4 Acetates Collection

Case-Mate has rolled out another line of high-end cases for both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S 4. The Case-Mate Acetates Collection features three new elegantly designed iPhone cases. The new designs include White Horn, Tortoise (w/ gold brushed aluminum), and Pewter. Each case features a two-piece design to protect the back and front of your device, and an interior patterned inlay for extra protection. The Galaxy S 4 cases only come in White Horn and Pewter. The Acetates Collection cases are $80 with free shipping.

Case-Mate Acetates Collection

If an $80 iPhone case is out of your price range, Case-Mate also offers more affordable designer and basic cases. Case-Mate's colorful line of Olo cases range from around $10 to $25, and feature sizes for all types of smartphones including the iPhone 4/4S.


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