Is renting an iPhone worth it? Understand how it works – Mobile – Tecnoblog

Buying a high-end iPhone is what many Apple fans want. With annual releases, the manufacturer always brings new features that catch the attention of those looking for cutting-edge technology, however, the price can scare. To try to get around this problem, there are subscription services that allow rent iPhones for a more affordable price. Understand, below, how this service works and whether or not it is worth renting.

iPhone 13 line models (Image: Disclosure/Apple)

It is common in the professional environment for companies to rent smartphones to employees who need the device to work. This type of service was restricted to this niche and the common consumer could not have access. Although, there are already options that offer state-of-the-art devices for anyone interested in renting.

Allugator, Alugueira and Itaú are some examples

In Brazil, the most famous site is the Allugator, which also rents other types of electronics such as consoles, headphones and smart watches. Besides him, the rental it also offers rental options for different devices and even games.

In this case, you can choose how many days you want to keep the product, eliminating the need to be tied to a subscription. However, Alugueira is only available in Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Florianópolis.

Although it is not considered a rental, Itaú has a program called iPhone forever. In partnership with Apple, it is possible to purchase cell phones in 21 installments and making a final payment of up to 30% of the value of the device.

After this period, if you return or exchange the device, you will not be required to make the final payment. If you want to change the iPhone, just choose a new model and make another installment. However, the iPhone Forever program is only available to Itaú customers.

iPhone forever
iPhone para Semper is a program for Itaú clients (Image: Reproduction/Itaú)

Rental price may be worth it

This type of service can be worthwhile for users who change iPhone frequently, especially after each Apple release. So you don’t have to worry about sell the device before buying a new one and also fails to pay the entire amount of the device, paying only the rent.

In terms of comparison, in Allugator, the iPhone 13 Pro Max de 128 GB can be rented by R $ 4,396.42 at sight Where R$ 498,26 when being split in twelve times with interest in the annual plan. On the Apple Brazil website, the same smartphone appears in the catalog by R$ 10.499 with the same amount of storage.

The downside is in the matter of device design. As the service does not work with stock, the user cannot choose the color of the model he wants to rent. Check the table below and compare (values ​​consulted on October 26, 2021).

Values ​​consulted on October 26, 2021

By the way, if you’re one of those people who don’t change smartphones every year, renting an iPhone might not be worth it. At the end of the rental period, you will have to return the device to the company if you do not want to renew your subscription. Also, another negative point is regarding delivery and cancellation fees.

As the platform does not work with stock, the delivery time may vary between 22 and 60 days from payment approval. If you want to cancel your subscription, you pay the full amount for the months subscribed and 50% of the amount for the remaining months if you already received your iPhone. Furthermore, another difficulty is that the platform only offers iPhones on an annual basis.

Is it possible to buy the iPhone after renting it?

Yes. According to Allugator, it is possible to continue with the leased model with a discount on renewal, to subscribe with a new device or to purchase the previously leased iPhone. The purchase price is calculated based on the market value of the product after the length of stay with the device.

With information: Allugator and Itaú

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