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Want a New iPhone – Read the Fine Print


By Al Sunshine, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Consumer Investigator, Sept. 10, 2015 – The hype’s started yet again: A “New”series of Smart IPhones hitting the markets with loads of improvements you may never need or figure out how to use.

At the same time, we’re starting to hear offers of “Get a New Iphone for just $30 a Month”.

Sounds like a great deal. You may even think its a real money-saver from what you’re paying now. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.  But read the fine print and you’ll realize it may not be the kind of deal you really expected.


If you dive into the various pricing offers, you’ll notice the old discounted “Service Provider Upgrade Programs” for the new Apple IPhones are DEAD. In their’ place?

“Great New Deals”

But now you’ll have to buy your new Smart IPhone at full list and finance the deal for 2-3 years . “Get a New Iphone for just $30 a month”.


And you’ll need a Service Contract for extra money every month boosting that $30 a month “deal” to probably 2-3 times than what they advertise.

Is it Bait and Switch?

Read the fine print: You CAN’T get an IPhone alone for just $30 a month.  You HAVE to get a cellular service plan too.

Looks like most of the carriers are pulling the same “deal”.

Thank you Apple!

Word is Apple didn’t want to continue to give “subsidies” better known as discounts to cell companies to sell their phones. Instead, they reportedly jacked up prices to “Full List”.

“Shame on You”?

Ask Apple or your cellular provider why this is happening, and why you can’t really get an new IPhone for their advertised price. Let me know what they say.

PS: Other makers may NOT be doing the same thing when it comes time to upgrade their phones and may definitely represent much better deals for smart shoppers.

What’s the “Buzz” from some local Facebook Friends?

Joseph York AAPL stock did not seem too excited intraday early on but activity picked up going into today’s product announcements. Currently fading the underwhelming announcement.

Sandy Hershenson Ginsburg Loesche Don’t care! Love my Samsung..

Joe Palomino Why not just wait for the new Apple 7 which will be coming out shortly also.

Chris Anthony I buy phones based on the quality and technology them provide me, not gimmicks or toys….https://youtu.be/TOsHo6WN7zQ  HTC One M9 commercial YOUTUBE.COM

Leo Casino Al don’t spend the night sleeping in front of the store waiting

Bruce Brynes We do this every year …

Patrick Ingle Not much difference between the iphone models, happy with iPhone 6 Plus, http://www.apple.com/iphone/compare/ Compare technical specifications for all iPhone models: iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s,…

Chris AnthonyThat is why I just buy my HTC off eBay or other discount places, no carrier, or locked phone, open factory original… just add SIM and go, best for all no contract providers… but Apple has made their’s to be unusable for updates if unlocked, plus I don’t need them knowing all my info just to register



Al Sunshine is a South Florida-based Broadcast and Digital Journalist whose career has spanned more than 40 years at the local and national levels. His award-winning investigations have triggered more than a dozen state and local consumer protection laws and his work’s been cited in Congressional Testimony before the U-S House of Representatives. He is best known for his “Shame On You” features for CBS Miami which sought to expose businesses, agencies and individuals defrauding or deceiving consumers, as well as endangering the safety and welfare of the general public. In 2013 Al retired from CBS Miami to set up his own Digital News Business, “Sunshine News, LLC” and Al continues to blog for the Radio, Television, Digital News Association, sponsors of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards”. An avid environmentalist, Al is one of the founding members of the “Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition”. The Florida Non-Profit is fighting to save and restore the last 2% of Pine Rocklands found only in South Florida and nowhere else in the continental United States. Al was recently elected its President.