How often do you get a new phone?

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    Aug 28, 2013 4:10 PM GMT
    Just curious - do you get a new phone when a new model comes out? How long do you keep a phone on average?

    I had my old Nokia (stupidphone) from c. 2003 until 2012 when I got my first smartphone (S4) which I intend to keep for at least another 5 years now lol.
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    Aug 28, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    Still using the same Nokia feature phone I got in 2009, before that I was using a Motorola Rokr and before that another feature Nokia (my first cellular), got that in 2004.
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    Aug 28, 2013 5:32 PM GMT
    2 years, based on our contracts. But since we have 2 iPhones, purchased a year apart, we actually get a new phone every 12 months. And a (reputed) 5S is a possibility next.
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    Aug 28, 2013 5:50 PM GMT
    I mentioned every 12 months above, on an alternating basis between 2 family phones. But in the beginning it was as long as 3 years, going back to 1990. Things changed less quickly then, but I was happy to lose the Motorola bag phone for a flip model.

    For a long time I carried a 2-piece solution - a flip phone, and a Palm PDA. It wasn't until the iPhone 3GS that I felt a 1-piece smartphone solution would be better. Essential to me was a large screen for viewing pics, like the Palm had. Why the Blackberry with a small screen didn't interest me.
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    Aug 28, 2013 6:03 PM GMT
    Whenever I NEED one.
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    Aug 28, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI'm quite content with the simple things in life....

    Still going strong with a pair of these.....

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    The line on mine broke, and it's IMPOSSIBLE to find a technician to work on these old models. Also, I once cut my ear on the receiver and got a bad case of tetanus.
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    Aug 28, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    I've had my DroidX for about 3 years, not interested in anything new, it works just fine!
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    Aug 28, 2013 9:36 PM GMT
    Back when I had ordinary clunker phones, it would usually take about 5 years before the proprietary charging jack would fail, and I'd get a new phone and a new set of chargers. With the switch to smartphones, I've been upgrading about every year and a half. My first Android phone didn't have enough app space, and I was having to delete an app every time there were app updates, just so that I'd have enough space to download the update and install it. I could have happily stuck with my next Android phone for a lot longer, except my damn cell phone company just couldn't wait and put in 4G while I was stuck on 3G. So, I had no choice and was forced to get a Galaxy S4, which I'm sure I could happily live with for many years, but it will probably be replaced with the latest bestest shiniest phone in 18 months.
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    Aug 28, 2013 9:37 PM GMT
    Yeah, we and our kids are those people who HAVE to have every new Apple iPhone and iPad the day it comes out! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 28, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    had my last one for 9 years, but it broke a few weeks ago so will have to get a new one. I get attached to things I like
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    Aug 28, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    Generally I keep a phone until it breaks or something that I REALLY want comes out. I've been known to keep phones with blown screens just because i didn't feel like spending the money (currently rocking an old Blackberry Storm2 that was in my sock drawer after my HTC Rezound stopped working last week)
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    Aug 28, 2013 10:13 PM GMT
    Toscar saidJust curious - do you get a new phone when a new model comes out? How long do you keep a phone on average?

    I had my old Nokia (stupidphone) from c. 2003 until 2012 when I got my first smartphone (S4) which I intend to keep for at least another 5 years now lol.


    Similar here I had a simple barphone through all of highschool and college. Just got my first smartphone(s4 coincidence) and don't plan on a new phone in a while. Although I hate that the s4 heats up a bit during major usage icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 29, 2013 3:00 AM GMT
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    This is fine for me.
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    Aug 29, 2013 3:47 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI'm quite content with the simple things in life....

    Still going strong with a pair of these.....

    tin-can-telephone.jpg

    Ha. Does this come with 4G?
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    Aug 29, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    Such a waste to buy a new phone when the old one still works , however its important for many people to upgrade and feel like they are cool and improve their own personal value. Bugger landfill piling up with lithium batteries.

    I don't buy into that crap anymore, especially seeing as everyone is aware these days that resources are becoming scarce, mostly becoming aware, through the use of their brand new smart phone! oh the irony.
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    Aug 29, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    browsinguy said
    Toscar saidJust curious - do you get a new phone when a new model comes out? How long do you keep a phone on average?

    I had my old Nokia (stupidphone) from c. 2003 until 2012 when I got my first smartphone (S4) which I intend to keep for at least another 5 years now lol.


    Similar here I had a simple barphone through all of highschool and college. Just got my first smartphone(s4 coincidence) and don't plan on a new phone in a while. Although I hate that the s4 heats up a bit during major usage icon_neutral.gif

    True. It can get quite hot sometimes. This is my first iPhone so not sure if it's the 4S model or Apple in general.
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    Aug 29, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
    I upgrade only when I need to. Had my Galaxy S for 2 years. But the processor was starting to show its age and was lagging on certain apps like navigation. I've had my Galaxy S3 for a year now. Love it. Probably will get another 2 years out of it.

    The longest I've had a phone was 3+ years with my Motorola Razr flip phone. My all time favorite feature phone.
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    Aug 29, 2013 4:58 PM GMT
    When they are actually dying Dying.

    But he's a thing with me I love to service and keep, take good care of any gadget of mine at tip top conditions, like buying them an expensive durable protector something like that. If anything goes wrong internally which is beyond my aid then its a bubye icon_cry.gif for me.

    I'm still using my S2, got myself a Galaxy Note2 till I gave that to my sister which she needed it more than me.

    Well still happily using my Galaxy S2 with an updated Jelly Bean 4.2 icon_cool.gif have to say Life feels nice and very kind with Android actually.

    I'm just a keeper I love to own and keep things, my damage Bond edition of Sony Erricson K800i a 3.2MP camera phone is in drawer...resting in peace.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 31, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    I am getting a smartphone because I need something I can do more than make and receive calls with. The Internet is a critical part of my life and don't feel like I should be tethered to a desktop computer just for that. Also, my point and shoot from 2006 is getting rusty so I believe the combination of a camera, telephony and other cool features that most modern smartphone offers indicates its time to make the leap.

    Personally, I'm not a upgrade for upgrade sake person. I still have my iPod Touch I got in 2009 and listening to right now. My desktop I got in 2008, the PSU died this month and personally, I am not gonna bother spending the 240 dollars it cost to be replaced.

    So I tend to use them until they die.
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    Aug 31, 2013 5:32 AM GMT
    Lets see, I got my first phone in 2002, then switch in 2004, then 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and just switched about 6 months ago. I've been with AT&T for 2 years and T-Mobile for about 8 years now! I'm thinking of getting either a Samsung Galaxy or a White Iphone next Jan. 2014!

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    Aug 31, 2013 10:29 AM GMT
    Still rocking out with my " I phone killer" AKA LG voyager from 2008...Its in rough shape now, I should get a new phone icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 31, 2013 1:07 PM GMT
    BillandChuck saidYeah, we and our kids are those people who HAVE to have every new Apple iPhone and iPad the day it comes out! icon_rolleyes.gif

    Not literally the day it comes out for me, that's a bit too eager. I wait for some reviews. And have also bought online, so I could get it engraved, which a store can't do, and adds some time.

    I'll be getting the new iPad sometime this Fall, in addition to the latest iPhone update. The iPad mainly because my 4th-gen iPad got stolen at the hospital a few months ago, and I didn't want to replace it immediately with what I already had, when a newer model is coming out. In the meantime I've been using the 3rd-gen we have.
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    Aug 31, 2013 4:39 PM GMT
    Just a reminder, to all those "progressives" and "liberals" who say they care about human rights. Apple products and their components are manufactured under atrocious working conditions by unfairly exploited Chinese labor.

    Now back to turning a blind eye....
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    Aug 31, 2013 9:31 PM GMT
    HereAndThere saidJust a reminder, to all those "progressives" and "liberals" who say they care about human rights. Apple products and their components are manufactured under atrocious working conditions by unfairly exploited Chinese labor.

    Now back to turning a blind eye....


    I'm sure it's not just Apple. But even if it was, if goods weren't made for us in China there would be a bit of an issue with our western currencies, we need someone to lend to so we can keep our spend spend spend lifestyles.
  • seafrontbloke

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    Aug 31, 2013 9:33 PM GMT
    On the phone issue, I have a two year contract. So I change every two years. Currently using a 4S. My biggest bugbear is battery life, but I suspect that I need to resolve other matters too like speed / memory etc when I look to upgrade.