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How often do you change your phone?

0. phoneArena 08 Dec 2011, 06:10 posted on

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...

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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, 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, 06:58

10. pegasso (Posts: 285; 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, 07:12

12. cdgoin (Posts: 559; 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: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Bad morning?

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, 07:53 2

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; 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, 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 08 Dec 2011, 08:57 1

38. remixfa (Posts: 14597; 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

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 09 Dec 2011, 02:06 1

57. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; 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 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 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 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 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: 5993; 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: 257; 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: 6330; 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: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


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: 682; 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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