5 On Your Side: How to save money when upgrading your cellphone
Posted September 23, 2020 3:58 p.m. EDT
Updated September 23, 2020 8:09 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — It’s that time of year again: When tech companies introduce the latest and greatest cellphones with improved features, better cameras and bigger price tags.
With a $1,400 price tag, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the most expensive smartphones in Consumer Reports ratings.
The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max goes for a little less, but it’s still $1,100.
Affordable upgrade options
For those of you searching for a more affordable upgrade right now, 5 On Your Side’s Monica Laliberte has some options.
Although the iPhone XR is almost two years old, it's more affordable than ever and packed with features – for only $600.
With a sharp screen and quality camera, it’s a Consumer Reports Best Buy.
Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 costs around $750.
On the market for more than a year, the price is $150 dollars less than when it launched.
Other saving options and considerations
“You can also save by shopping a lesser known brand, like Google or OnePlus," said Bree Fowler, Consumer Reports’ Tech Editor. "Or think about buying a used phone or one that’s refurbished."
CR says before you buy a used phone though, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting.
Will it come with a charger?
Is the screen scratched?
A refurbished model directly from Apple or Samsung will cost a little more, but it’ll be just like new.
It may even have a brand new battery, outer shell and accessories – and both companies provide a one year warranty.
CR says Consumer Cellular, eBay, Apple Store and Amazon all received high scores in satisfaction from buyers who purchased refurbished phones.