I’ll be the first to admit that I am a little obsessed with phones. I think started back when I was working at a doctors office and everyone was talking about their blackberry’s all the time, all the while I still had a ‘dumb-phone’. I was jealous of their facebooking, emailing, calendar-keeping capabilities. My husband, being awesome, realized I was talking about getting a pretty pink blackberry way too much and decided to surprise me with it. And I think that is where it began…
Then I got a droid, only because verizon still wasn’t carrying the iPhone. Everyone knows iPhones are superior, it’s just a fact. But I settled with a droid because that was the best option.
Then, less than 6 months later—dun, dun, dun–Verizon gets the iPhone. But I wasn’t due to upgrade for another 1.5 years. Fail…almost, until my husband saves the day once again and give me his upgrade, since he prefers his ‘dumb-phone’. We still had the whole cost factor to work out, as spending $199 on a phone(when I had a perfect 6 month old new one), wasn’t exactly in the budget. And this, my friends, is when I discovered the magic of ebay. I sold that 6-month-new droid for a whopping $400! Yep. Turns out, people break their phones all the time and without a contract a new smart phone can run you anywhere between $4-$600. Score. All that to say, I got my iPhone 4 and pocketed the $200. Then I proceeded to gather all the old phones in the house and auction them all off on ebay, making us another $200. Score again.
Fast forward 1.5 years and Verizon releases the iPhone 5. I held back from getting the iPhone 4s in order to save my upgrade for the 5. I’ve been waiting for this for months. It’s weird, I know.
Here was my master plan that I created 2 months ago:
It was rumored that apple would announce the 5 on 9/12 and pre-orders would be available on 9/14 and the actual release date to be 9/21. But no one actually knew. That is exactly how it played out though.
My plan was to hear about the 5 on 9/12, if I liked it/thought it was worth the $$, I would put my iPhone 4 on ebay, hope it would sell between 9/12 and 9/13, pre-order the 5 on 9/14, ship the iPhone 4 to my mystery buyer on 9/15, be without a phone for Saturday and Sunday(no biggie), leave for the cruise on Monday(where you don’t need/use a phone) and return on Friday to a beautiful new iPhone 5 on my doorstep.
Crazy plan, right? The cruise is the key because it makes it possible for me to be without a phone for a week.
Well, it happened. I put my iPhone 4 on ebay last night and it was sold by the morning. I’ll pre-order the 5 tonight and it will arrive at my parents house on Wednesday.
I realize this was a really long post about a few smartphones. But like I said, I’m kind of obsessed. And I’m stoked that my little plan worked!