Monthly Archives October 2017

iPhone Payments Program might make the new iPhone affordable

If you’re interested in buying the new iPhone, you have a decision to make; should you pay a lump sum to purchase the device from Apple, or do you start a payment plan with your wireless carrier?

According to Mashable, the other option, which has been in existence since 2015, is the iPhone Upgrade Program. The program “splits the cost of your phone into 24 interest-free monthly installments, allows you to trade in the phone after the first 12 payments for the latest model, and includes AppleCare+ insurance.” Unfortunately, the cost of the AppleCare+ can bump the Upgrade Program up to more than the average carrier payment plan.

Fortunately, as it turns out, Apple has a hidden third option for potential buyers, called “Apple iPhone Payments.” It’s essentially the iPhone Upgrade Program without the upgrades and AppleCare+. It runs on the same 24 interest-free monthly installments to finance your new device.

Mashable points out that this service does come with some caveats: “you will need to buy a phone with wireless service to get the option — Apple doesn’t offer it for unlocked phones.” In addition, Apple iPhone Payments isn’t the easiest option to find. Apple hides the plan under a “Show more payments option” that you need to click before it becomes visible, despite being the only additional option.

Telus increasing its SIM card prices this month

According to a document obtained by MobileSyrup, Canadian carrier Telus will be increasing the prices of its SIM cards from $15 CAD to $20 by October 17. This seems to be in place of Telus charging a ‘connection fee’ like their main competitors, Bell and Rogers.

The increase in prices is frustrating, but not unreasonable in comparison. Activating a new phone with Telus currently costs the SIM fee of $20, while the same at Bell costs a $25 dollar connection fee. Rogers charges the most with a $25 activation fee plus a $10 SIM fee. The cheapest option of the big name carriers is still Telus subsidiary Koodo, which sells its SIM cards at $10 with no connection fee.

MobileSyrup also points out that “Telus SIM cards have a limited lifetime warranty against defects, which is voided if damaged, modified or tampered with.”