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How often do you change your phone?

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How often do you change your phone?
You know what? We've been wondering how often does the average PhoneArena reader change their phone. With all of these cool smartphones being released every month, sticking with a specific model for a long time seems a really hard thing to achieve. Then again, we're all tied to our contracts, so it's a safe bet to say that most are switching to a new handset every two years. However, it's also possible that a big number of users just can't wait for their contracts to expire and decide to lay some cold, hard cash to get a new phone a bit earlier. Finally, who says one can't purchase all of their phones unlocked? Shouldn't be a problem, as long as one has the... resources to do so. Anyway, let's see how PhoneArena readers behave when it comes to changing their phones!

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How often do you change your phone?
23.4%
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(439 votes) Less than a year
31.77%
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(596 votes) Every year
32.04%
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(601 votes) Every two years
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(240 votes) More than two years

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posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:16 6

1. bubba78 (Posts: 54; Member since: 23 May 2011)


I change multiple times a year. If I come across a good deal on craigslist I buy it.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:31 16

5. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


I would do that, if I had the money...

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:06 2

11. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


i've gotten 8 so far this year off of craigs/ebay. and at a minimum i'm on a yearly upgrade cycle

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:19 5

2. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Well, as often as I can afford i guess, often selling an old one to get a new one. It's so exciting unwrapping a new phone, a pleasure I probably won't relive until at least January 2013, end of 2012 if I get a good deal.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:25 2

4. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I usually buy unlocked phones, I will probably upgrade at the beginning of 2013 to a Galaxy Nexus or Motorola RAZR which will both be dated-ish and available for a good price.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:39 2

6. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Those phones won't even be cool by them. You'll probably lose interest by then. At least i would.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:42

8. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Yeh probably lol

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:21 5

3. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


The last phone I used for more than a year was my Nokia N75.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 09:41 2

45. hepresearch (unregistered)


Nice... I had one of those, too. The next year I bought an unlocked E75 from Nokia directly, had that for a year before having to sell my entire collection of smartphones (bankruptcy is hell).

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:41

7. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Used to change phones very frequently until new smartphones started to emerge at an increased rate every month that it wasn't worth to switch as frequently (two to three months). Now my trend looks like its going to be a year to 18 months.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:48 2

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


generally im every 9 months to 14 months somewhere. This SGS1 vibrant is setting a new record for me daily since ive had it for what.. 17ish months? Partially because I lacked the funds to buy an unlocked nexus prime, mostly because im waiting for something interesting to use my employee discount on. The phone is too good to trade up to some ol crapdragon. Exynos or higher please (nexus gets a special 1 time pass for being a nexus)

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:15 7

14. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Thats why you dont like Apple, you lack funds.

"17ish months? Partially because I lacked the funds"

It all makes sense now. Im sorry I will never make fun of you again. I have been very mean and I am now sorry. I had no Idea.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:18 8

16. harsh_732006 (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


stop being a jerk..u just need someone to bash..get a life..

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:25 5

20. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


He might actually be being sincere

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 09:17 2

41. hepresearch (unregistered)


I highly doubt that remix wants or needs any of the (fake) pity. I am poorer than you all, but I do not want any pity from anyone... my own past choices got me here, and my own future choices will eventually get me out of here.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 10:04 2

48. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no, i definitely dont need pity. I chose to change career paths out of tech and into medicine. with that choice comes a s**t ton of school, which means less hours to work. It was a choice and a temporary set back financially but I'll be better off for it in the end (and out of retail.. hoooraaay!! lol)
I've made 6 figures combined with my wife and ive lived on the streets.. i can tell ya, life is definitely more fun with 6 figures. Dont let any idiots tell you money cant buy you happiness, because they have obviously never had money.. lol :)

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 13:21

54. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It's not about pity -- it's about stating the obvious. On one hand, remixfa is crying poverty due to lack of time. On the other hand, remixfa wasting his limited time on this site. iKingTrust's action thrust remixfa's hypocrisy to light since said act is illuminating.

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 06:09 1

58. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow, you really are an idiot, ardent. just saying. A very negative and spiteful idiot.


no one is crying poverty for one, and what i do with my time is none of your damn business. How about that. why dont you take your negativity somewhere else. What's amatter.. run out of ants to burn with your magnifying glass? geesh..

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 12:05

59. hepresearch (unregistered)


So, people who are short on time and need to make more money should suspend any and all hobby activities? I thought someone once said something about "all work and no play..."

I did not hear remix cry poverty... not only that, but the simple fact that you could not have known what he would post in #48 when iKing posted his so-called (by you, in #54) cry of hypocrisy in #14 means that there could be no perceived hypocrisy for iKing to be calling out at the time... iKing's alleged 'cry of hypocrisy', as you call it, has a slight issue of a causality paradox... even so, I do not see any hypocrisy in remix's comment anyway.

Even in my darkest days I have sought to keep up with my hobbies as much as I can afford to... and sometimes I have changed hobbies as a result, but I am still here. Does my poverty (and if anybody here has cried poverty, it has been me) stop me from posting comments here? No! Am I a hypocrite that owes you an apology? I don't think so, at least not yet... we'll have to wait until I do or say something really dumb here before I end up in that boat.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:22 3

32. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I was being serious. I have always said mean things to Remix.

How is someone with the User name Harsh getting on me. So now who needs a life?

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:54 1

37. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


iKing,
if you must know, which means you havent been paying attention to any of my posts, I've had to cut down my hours at work to next to nothing because of my school needs. Being forced to take a crap ton of classes at 1 time because the program demands it leaves not enough time for work. Its all temporary. .

But hey, if you wanna be super sexy and throw me a free galaxy nexus, i wouldnt say no. :) You could throw me an iphone, but it would just go towards trade value. :) lol

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:59 3

39. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Sorry to hear that Remix. I was being serious earlier and that guy tried to make me look like a douce. Im done talking crap to you. Keep on bettering yourself.

You never know what you might get for Christmas.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 09:20

42. hepresearch (unregistered)


I suppose you were also being serious when you said that you like saying mean things to remix...

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 10:19 1

50. harsh_732006 (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


harsh is a word in indian language which means happiness...get ur facts right

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:24 2

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Sucks to be him doesnt? But hey you can do charity and buy him one. Its only a few 800-900 bux :)

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:23 3

33. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


True Remix whats your paypal email?

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:34 2

35. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Since you are being kind you can get me one too. I wont get mad if you did :D

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 09:14

40. hepresearch (unregistered)


We have just witnessed the 'make something out of nothing' maneuver... coupled with the 'fake pity' maneuver. Congratulations on the nothingness/fakeness, iKing...

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 09:59

47. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


17 months? Than you are the perfect iPhone user since that is iPhone´s cycle.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:18 1

15. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Have you ever heard the phrase USER EXPERIENCE? Go out and use a Sensation XL and tell Me how smooth it performs.

do u not get high end SEs or HTCs because you don't like them or because they have sub par chips?

In real life application, what does your Hummingbird do that my S3 does not?

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:51 1

36. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


HTC, you are going to argue with me until your blue in the face, arent ya? lol. its my OPINION and its not changing any time soon. We all know i am a bit of a chip snob. If its not the best in the category, I dont want it. Its not personal. Besides its not like you own stock in HTC or Qualcomm so why do u care so much? lol If you love your phone, then great. its your money. Just like people can love their iphones or WP7. We all have our preferences.

My point was that the s3 is not enough of an upgrade to justify the money. its a side step for me at best. from MY position, what does an S3 do that my hummingbird does not? We are talking about ME justifying using MY money to buy another device. I still lubs ya though. :)

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 06:58

10. pegasso (Posts: 137; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


there's no such thing as "locked phone" or "contract phone" here in my country,
almost all phone are sold "SIM-free/unlocked" here
(some network operators have tried to sell locked-phones with contract, but it didn't work, so they don't sell it anymore).
so we have a liberty to change our phone as often as we like to (as long as you have money ofcourse).

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:51

25. Nickmfnjackson (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


We have the option to buy unlocked here in the states. I bought my sgs2 of contract. Its just Americans are cheap when out comes to cell phones and a good bit of us don't know s*** about phones so they happily sign their lives away for two years for a free iPhone or some other low end andro device.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:12

12. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Depends on the phone.. and how well its working for me. It was every 6 months or so, but had my Dell Venue Pro for a year, and with Mango update and no Wrigley or similar form factor for WindowsPhone in the near future. I will probably keep it for a while.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:13 2

13. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Im glad I am not and Androider. I would have to buy a new phone every 3 months

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:20 3

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Bad morning?

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 12:23

63. hepresearch (unregistered)


Someone filled the sugar bowl with salt... and it isn't April Fools Day yet...

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:47 3

24. 1iam5mith (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Also Have To Forse Close Apps 20 Times Per Hour :)

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:58 3

27. Nickmfnjackson (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


Bluetooth file transfer, expandable memory, flash support, and free tethering suck too.

Just in case you think i'm agreeing with you, i'm not. That was sarcasm. I know how you ishep are easily confused...

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:25

34. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


thanks for clearing that up.

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 12:25

64. hepresearch (unregistered)


Oh, they are not actually confused... it is actually a combination of fake-ignorance and plausible-deniability...

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 02:06 1

57. Sniggly (Posts: 6812; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Ya know, I get tired of the force close jokes. They're not even that relevant anymore. I can't remember the last time an app force closed on me. The last time I had a problem with an app force closing was with Fruit Ninja, and that was at a consistent point when I would try to view my achievements in OpenFeint-which meant that it was a bug in Fruit Ninja/Open Feint, not a problem with my phone.

Seriously, come up with something new.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:53 2

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am glad I am not an i$heep because I would be exactly the same as everybody else because all the iPhones are exactly the same. There is no choice & originality, just the same old same old! You are just a pawn of Apple’s control.

With Android I can have a different phone & not be part of the norm. I actually can be original, & have lots of great choices. I am encouraged to do what I like with my phone! You know something Apple definitely frowns upon!

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:57 1

38. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im glad im not an igoof. I would have to buy the same phone every year and brainwash myself into thinking im revolutionizing every year and super cool because of the phone in my pocket. then i would have to get mad at the chicks that dont understand that they should date me because i carry an iphone, so therefore i must be cool.. at least thats what steve-o and my mommy tell me.

nope, ill just get a phone that does a lot and not try to "impress" people with my "status symbol" electronics (people who dont give two
craps)

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 10:14

49. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Are you ready to be amazed, iKing?

You don´t have to update whenever a new product launches! Tadaaaa!!

I am trying to clarify this to every i$heep, but they don´t seem to get it!

They even pay to cancel their 2 year plan to have an incremental update.

Sometimes I even think they are brainwashed.

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 12:17

60. hepresearch (unregistered)


Who would make you? I suppose that you feel the need to buy an iPhone every time the next iteration comes out... once a year? So, either you buy unlocked directly from Apple, or you cancel your prior contract to get the new one? Either way, you're paying $649.99 minimum for unlocked, or $350 in cancellation fees plus $199.99 for the top-line memory model? So, minimum, $550 a year? Yeah... I'll bet that doesn't put a hurt on the wallet...

I do not know anyone who buys a new Android phone every 3 months just because some other new model comes out... but I DO know people who buy a new iPhone AND iPad every year! If most Android fans I know bought a new phone every year I am sure they could get a decent one with competitive specs for about half the cost of a new iPhone each year.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:20

18. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i had an sgs2 epic 4g touch but it bricked due to 2.3.6 update so i had to send it to repair facility. in the meantime i have to deal with this POS samsung transform -_-

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:26

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5617; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I seem to be on a 16 to 18 month cycle between Droid handsets (Droid X was July, 2010; RAZR was this past November). Although, there was a detour to the EVO 3D in the summer, so maybe an average of 9 months? (Dunno) I imagine my next phone will have quad cores.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:26

22. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


I went through a palm pixi (don't laugh I got it while it was $50), a droid incredible, thunderbolt, and droid x in under the last year. While I can't afford to jump around the top tier of phones, I enjoy getting a taste of a bunch of different ones. Most are trades with friends so it doesn't cost me little if anything.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:00

28. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


tmobile let u upgrade every year but i switch to verizon :(

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:14 1

30. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Thankfully, I am an Android guy, because, otherwise, I would be overspending to get an overrated phone like the iphone 4S.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:18 1

31. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


LMAO

Couldn't agree with you more. For Apple fans less is more & they would rather pay top dollar for that!

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 09:33

43. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


am i would update every other year for phones. I prefer tablets so would update those once a year.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 09:37

44. hepresearch (unregistered)


Since I bought my first in 2005, I have owned and used 16 different phones... many were temporary, just for the sake of sampling for a few months here or there... some I had through work here and there... but if I pick out the ones that I specifically got because I wanted them for myself, long-term, then there are six of them that fit... I had two separate lines for a long time (one on Cingular/AT&T fairly consistently, one on T-Mobile for a few years, one on Sprint for a little while, and one on Verizon for a few months). As a result, I have determined that I tend to get a new (to me) phone for myself about once a year. Now this year I have consolidated down to a single line, switched over to my parents 550 Nationwide Family plan (as a third line) on AT&T, and I managed to get a cheap used phone that was still in decent shape for, well, for almost free. Chances are that, under these conditions, from now on I will be getting a new phone only once every two or more years. Honestly, I will probably let it stay that way in the future... my poverty has given me an opportunity to see how dumb and pointless it was for me to pick owning/testing/repairing/modding mobile devices as a hobby, and to see that the phone I carry does not matter terribly as long as it works for what I absolutely need it for (and for me, that is really just phone calls... period). The other things I could do were really cool and fun and even useful and helpful to me and others, but I am now out of the business of buying and trying... I do plan on sticking around to see where the mobile landscape goes, on a hobby basis only... just watching from a distance, so to speak.

So, yearly phone change is my past pattern up to now. I am going to a more 2+ year-ish pattern from now on, starting roughly this/next year.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 09:52

46. sephiroth85 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Usually goes from 6-12 months depending on funds/connections I have at the time. And at some points I had multiple phone lines, of which I only use 1 now.

Currently on a droid charge which I'm largely happy with minus some sluggish performance and medicore battery which I've been able to live with. Money's lacking for a new phone so I'll either just get a extended battery or external battery to offset the battery.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 10:46 1

51. antifanboy (banned) (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


I used to trade out 2-3 a year until I got the iPhone 4. I've had that phone since July of last year. Finally found a phone that works well and is stable.

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 12:20

61. hepresearch (unregistered)


It can be nice to finally settle on something that you like, that works for you, and then not feel the need to change it for a good long while.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 11:21 1

52. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I had the samsung instant, then paid full price for my Evo 4g in late june 2010, then i had a upgrade this year in october. I used my upgrade to get the Motorola Photon, best phone i have ever had so far. I loved my Evo because it got Froyo and Gingerbread before i upgrade. With the photons cpu/gpu i know it will get ICS and another update after that. As long as the phone brings me joy untill my next upgrade, i wont have to save money to buy another android phone anytime soon.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 13:10

53. jsoliz1985 (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


I've gone through 14 phones this year. Now I'm a happy owner of a Droid RAZR. Hopefully gyanogenmod comes to it quickly.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 15:24

55. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


Blackberry 8310, 34 months and counting.

F*ck 3 year contracts. One of the downsides of living in Canada.

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