For a long time, smartphones have been among the main objects of desire for Brazilians. To prove this point, a OLX survey revealed that the “Cell Phones and Telephony” category recorded the highest number of sales during the year 2020.
This market, which has a consortium and insurance for devices, has even won subscription services. For a monthly fee it is already possible not to buy, but to rent a cell phone for a certain period.
Have you ever thought about renting a cell phone?
The startup Allugator is one of those that offers lending of smartphones. The company grew 900% in revenue last year and has 2 thousand active users. Cadu Guerra, the company’s CEO, says that consumer behavior has changed and generated a more ephemeral relationship between the user and electronics.
“The subscription model is the smartest way to have a cell phone. In addition to paying a much lower price to have the same asset, it is very practical: the person does not have to worry about reselling the product afterwards and, of course, there is protection against theft, theft and damage, ”said the executive.
Is it worth renting an iPhone?
The iPhone line is one of the most popular in the world. In the same survey by OLX, mentioned earlier, the model appeared as a highlight, being the most sought after and best-selling product throughout the past year. Therefore, the TecMundo made a comparison to analyze if it is worth renting an Apple cell phone.
First, it is necessary to explain that Allugator leases in periods of 3, 6 and 12 months. Payment can be made up to 12 times (up to 3 times without interest); the plan offers protection against theft, theft and damage and the shipping period is at least 35 days.
The 12-month rental of the iPhone 12 Pro Max (256 GB), for example, is costing R $ 4,356.80. To obtain the model for 6 months, it is charged R $ 3,307.85, while for 3 months it costs R $ 2,258.90. If the customer wants to buy the same device, he will find values starting at R $ 8,910.24, according to a survey conducted in price search engines on Wednesday (24).
See below for a complete comparison of three other iPhone models.
- iPhone SE (128 GB)
Cheapest price in stores: R $ 3,484.00
Price for rent for 12 months: R $ 1,570.40
Price for rent for 6 months: R $ 1,218.05
Price for rent for 3 months: R $ 865.70
- iPhone 11 (128 GB)
Cheapest price in stores: R $ 4,091.07
Price for rent for 12 months: R $ 2,454.20
Price for rent for 6 months: R $ 1,880.90
Price for rent for 3 months: 1,307.60
- iPhone 12 (128 GB)
Cheapest price in stores: R $ 6,445, 19
Price for rent for 12 months: R $ 3,150.80
Price for rent for 6 months: R $ 2,403.35
Price for rent for 3 months: R $ 1,655.90
Pros and cons of renting
Renting a cell phone can be quite interesting for those who want to use a specific model for a not so long time. For those who are planning to acquire a medium-term launch, for example, renting a device can be a good alternative.
The financial question is also quite relevant. As shown earlier, renting instead of buying can guarantee savings of up to 75%. Nowadays when electronics prices are soaring, mainly because of the value of the dollar, any financial difference must be taken into account.
On the other hand, there are some drawbacks for those who opt for the subscription service. One of the problems is the very question that the product is not yours, which implies that it is impossible to get back part of the money with a possible resale in the future.
Allugator also offers subscription to video games, computers and more
In addition, the Allugator platform does not work with prompt delivery, which will make the customer have to wait at least a month to receive the item. A possible cancellation can also end up bringing a loss to the customer, since he will have to pay a fine if he has already received the product.
The subscription payment method itself can be another complicating factor, since with the installment interest, the smartphone may end up being relatively more expensive than the advertised amount.
And is it worth buying a used cell phone?
The question gains other aspects when comparing whether it is worth buying a used cell phone or renting. The possibility of purchasing used equipment is very delicate because it needs to involve researching the reputation of sellers, especially on online platforms such as OLX.
THE TecMundo tried to make the comparison of the aforementioned devices by searching on more consolidated and secure sites like TrocaFone, but did not find the same models that are available on Allugator.
For this reason, it is essential to have a good consultation so as not to take “a pig in a poke” in the case of used items. In this sense, a good tip is to be suspicious of prices far below the market and offers that seem surreal.