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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by soy.lor.n, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. soy.lor.n

    soy.lor.n Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    For people on provider financing, do you think it makes more sense to wait it out 6-12 months until the price comes down and/or your old phone is paid off, or just buy it now while pre-order promos exist instead of making extra payments into the void?
    Specifically, I'm on 12 months into an AT&T Next every year plan on a galaxy s7 edge, which means I've paid the minimum to trade in for a new phone. I still owe AT&T just under $400, which they would write off if I sent the phone back. Ebay prices didn't look promising. Samsung I think would give me $300 (I was not a Note 7 owner) and other trade-in options I looked at hovered in the $200 range.
    I'm leaning towards pre-ordering. Every month I wait, that write-off price is going down about $33 and I am doubtful the Note 8 price will drop faster than that. If I was only a couple months away from being paid off, I might feel differently though.
     


  2. Rob

    Rob Galaxy S20 Ultra
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    If you're considering waiting 6 months then I'd at least wait another 2 months until the new Pixel devices are announced. By that time I bet there will also be deals/specials on the Note 8 so you'll win either way.

    I would have purchased the Note 8 on Day 1 if the battery at least matched the Note 7... ideally I'd like a 4000mAh battery. I use my phone all day every day and with Nexus P now I've got to charge throughout the day to survive. Getting really sick of it and seems to be the problem with every. single. phone.
     
  3. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations!
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    To be fair, the Note 8 won't need as much battery as the Note 7.

    The Note 7 had a Snapdragon 820 processor, which was manufactured using a 14nm process. The Note 8 sports the Snapdragon 835, made with a 10nm process. That's a BUNCH more processing power with roughly 30% less power consumption. I understand why the S8+ has a 3500mAh battery and the Note 8 has a 3300mAh battery: there's an S Pen stuck in there taking up room. The last thing ANYBODY wants is for Samsung to try to cram too much battery into too small a space - been there, done that!

    So really, in theory, the Note 8's 3300mAh battery will do more and last longer than the Note 7's 3500mAh battery.

    :)
     
  4. BAYFISHER

    BAYFISHER Well-Known Member

    get preorder, take the hit, trade in s7 edge, and do nex plan again. but in 3 months s9 may come, and still forget iphone 8 for it will be more than note8. IF you stay with att, i suggest that route. ATT may or may not do lgv30, and for sure not the pixel/thats verizon's deal. I LIKE YOU, got in a quandary, where i went from s7edge to s8plus, then to find out, even though I PAID and owned 2 NOTE 7s, samsung won't take s8 pluses for any trade or credit. I PREORDERED from att who im going back to, and they are giving 330 for my s8 plus unlocked,and had not i gotten s8plus, i would only pay 200 for NOTE 8 THRU SAMSUNG. I DONT WANT TO DO A NOTE 7 NIGHTMARE AGAIN. IT SEEMS THEY HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL THIS TIME, as others mentioned the diminished battery capacity size.
     
    #4 BAYFISHER, Aug 26, 2017
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  5. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations!
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    WARNING-

    Samsung will NOT take a trade-in that isn't 100% paid off. Even if you have paid off enough to trade it in with AT&T, Samsung is out of that deal unless you own it outright. It sounds like you are better off with a trade-in at AT&T and leave Samsung out of it.
     
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  6. soy.lor.n

    soy.lor.n Well-Known Member
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    Yeah that was my point. I could get $300 from Samsung or probably less than that on ebay, but I'd owe the $400 to AT&T, so it's not worth it.
    In my situation, I'm in the ideal place for trade-in with AT&T now because this is the highest amount they'll give me. But it's also the highest the Note 8 is likely to be.
    I am interested to see what the new Pixel offers, but for me the stylus is what is really appealing.
     
  7. BAYFISHER

    BAYFISHER Well-Known Member

    I WILL OWE 500 NOW IF ORDER DONT CANCEL BY ATT/YES ITS BONE CRUSHING WHEN I HAVE A PERFECTLY RUNNING S9 PLUS/ had i had my s7edge, i would owe less to samsung for 425 credit. i looked at buy back value for s8 plus and its insulting 330. im use to getting 500 or more.since market is flooded with s8s////// is why values low, and either ATT will cancel my note 8......feelings get hurt, but i wont get bled for 500 plus i still owe att AFTER A 450 DOWN PAYMENT, after paying off 880 for s8 plus.

    are you holding off for another device or brand now
     
  8. donmeca2020

    donmeca2020 Well-Known Member

    depends how badly your in need of a phone. if you NEED one, jump on it, but if you just want it to have a new fangled toy. i would strongly recommend holding off. especially if you owe alot on your current device. no need to go upside down especially for a cell phone.
     
  9. BAYFISHER

    BAYFISHER Well-Known Member

    I can assure you in 2 or 3 months, there will be other new devices that have better innovative features with a less rediculous price. Even if I was an idiot in 4 months time spend totality of 1800 so far. Done.
     
  10. BAYFISHER

    BAYFISHER Well-Known Member

     
  11. BAYFISHER

    BAYFISHER Well-Known Member

    AS PER PREDICTED, MY ORDER GOT CANCELLED AND IM DONE. AFTER ALL WAS SET. ATT SAID I HAVE TO GOTO STORE BECAUSE COULDNT VERIFY ONLINE OR VIA CALLING CS. NEXT I WILL BE TOLD IN STORE SAME THING. ITS NOW S8 PLUS PERIOD I STICK WITH.
     
  12. picrthis

    picrthis Newbie

    IF you're are willing to wait 12 months for a "better" deal the Note 9 will be out............never ending cycle :)
     
  13. soy.lor.n

    soy.lor.n Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Anyone know what the trade in is on an s6 edge is these days?
    If I wait a year and buy the note 9, I can either keep my s7 edge or sell it for probably $50-$100. It's not nothing, but it's not enough to make it worth it for me to get rid of. Then I'll still have to pay $1000+ for the note 9. If I'm going to have a perpetual monthly payment for a phone, I might as well get a new one every year, right? The only way I save money is keeping this phone for more than 2 years
    Actually, I'm going to look into if I can 'upgrade' to a cheaper phone. I don't know if they prevent it, but if not, I could even get a brand new s7 edge (same as I have now) for about 10% less than I owe on this one
     
  14. BAYFISHER

    BAYFISHER Well-Known Member

    never believe this one. took 8 hrs to get it straightened out.EVEN THOUGH MY ORDERS CANCELLED, IM NOW WITH ATT BACK TO THEM FROM STRAIGHTALK, AND ON THE 5TH I HAVE ATT COMING TO MY HOUSE TO UPGRADE IN PLACE. THATS RIGHT.
     
  15. picrthis

    picrthis Newbie

    Huh??? Yes the Note 9 is coming out in a year from now, so is the S9 Sammy already at work on them
     
  16. BAYFISHER

    BAYFISHER Well-Known Member

    qwnt thru hell reactivating att acct, and got note 8 CANCELLED. PERIOD. IM GONNA SECOND GUESS BUYING NOTE 8.OR NONE AGAIN NOR NEXT YEAR.
     
  17. UP2NoGooDJ

    UP2NoGooDJ Newbie

    Question to those that have traded their phone for discount from Samsung regarding the Note 7 issue. I am still on my Note 3 which is not listed on the trade in page on Samsung. Not sure if that means they will not accept my trade in or what? I just called to clarify this and estimated wait time is 3 hrs lol So hope someone can reply quicker then a agent. Thank you in advance.
     

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