Price Graph: When to Buy a Mobile Phone

neil on 25/09/2012 at 11:21 am, filed under Mobile

Buying a new phone outright is always a daunting task. The graph above shows prices (including shipping) for deals reaching 5 or more votes for the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, iPhone 4S and the HTC One X.

All of the above phones declined in price over time but the iPhone 4S did so in a smaller percentage. In a 4 month period, the iPhone dropped only 13% in price from $758 to $659. The SIII dropped 26%, the SII 23%, and 17% for the One X.

There isn’t an exact best time to buy but it’s clear that you should never buy a phone on release.  For the iPhone, buying it any time 1 month and onwards from release will net a similar discount of around 10%. Meanwhile, the S II, S III and One X demonstrated that after 4 months the price drops around 22% of the initial price. With the S IV rumored to be released in February or March 2013, we will probably see the price of the S III be between $400 & $500.


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  2. chansthename:

    This needs a little modification. The graph should have time after release on the x axis and price as a percentage of RRP on the Y axis.

    25/09/2012 @ 9:16 pm | Reply
  3. silver price:

    Ahnonny Nguyen My galaxy nexus with blazing LTE speed and a beautiful 720p 4.6inch display compare to iphone 4s small screen and slow dial up connection. Result…no contest. 5 minutes later i finally got a replay back from DYLAN DARATT when i was suppose to get it 4 minutes ago saying, “So what! Android still sucks” with typo because of the small screen.

    29/09/2012 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

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