How many old phones do you still have lying around the house? (results)


We asked you last week how many old handsets do you still have lying around the house - you know, the type you switch off and throw in a drawer when you get your new device, thinking that you will use it as a backup phone, put it on Craigslist at some point, or give it to your mother, and it stays there for the next year... or two. Call them crazy, but a quarter of our 1963 respondents have 5 or more old handsets hiding in drawers. Actually, another quarter has just their current phone, or another backup handset, while all the rest have two or more clunkers in the house. Talk about hoarding, and we threw the 5+ option just in case.

Second-hand and refurbished handsets are making a comeback, a recent study showed, as consumers are increasingly balking at the ever-rising average selling prices of smartphones that hit a record last year, and the trend will continue into this one, it seems. Top-tier manufacturers like Apple and Samsung predicted and sensed the upgrade slowdown, and started raising prices to offset the slump in demand for the latest and greatest. This culminated in last year's $999 iPhone X or $930 Note 8, but it is actually backfiring, as last quarter saw the first ever drop in smartphone shipments on record. 

Now, there is a statistic to explain why is all of this happening, and it shows that people are just keeping their phones longer, buying refurbished or second- and third-hand devices, and generally not willing to splurge a grand on a phone, or thereabouts. Back in 2014, people were still upgrading their phones every 23 months, in sync with the two-year contract subsidies. This year, the length of time between upgrades is projected to hit 33 months, or nearly three years.

How many old phones do you have lying around the house?

None, just my daily driver
10.75%
1
14.26%
2
20.84%
3
17.01%
4
11.67%
5 or more
25.47%

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16 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I have almost all my phones, some i gave away. My first phone i bought in 1997.

2. Nikolai90

Posts: 50; Member since: May 16, 2017

5 or more for me. Some of them are dig out from its "mausoleum" recently. I found my 1 old Nokia(forgot the name), 2 old Samsung(Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung with a keypad looks like Blackberry), and 2 old Sony Ericsson( SE Xperia Neo V and SE Txt). I still remember that I'm eyeing on SE Vivaz Pro at that time but eventually got myself a Samsung.

13. profperez1

Posts: 76; Member since: May 08, 2012

How many slaves did you have carrying around the Mega for you?

15. Nikolai90

Posts: 50; Member since: May 16, 2017

Now we have 43 millions of slaves will carrying Samsung S9. Back then only less than 10 million slaves. Should we make them building a Giza pyramid in Texas?

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I still got my Nexus 7 2013 and a Galaxy Tab 4, if you consider it as one of the "phones". It serves as my multimedia hub together with Chromecast, I don't see replacing my tabs as of now.

4. surethom

Posts: 1721; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

None I sell the old one to help pay for the new one. I only ever buy phones outright.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

1. Nokia 3310 (Original). Display is out. Keeping for sentimental purposes! 2. Sony Ericsson T230. (Junk) 3. Sony Ericsson W800 (Given by a coworker). Battery is kaput. (Junk) 4. Nokia 3120 Classic (Still works but battery is on the fringe of death). 5. Nokia 103. (My emergency potato phone. Stays in a drawer most of the time. Great stand-by!). 6. Lumia 430 running Windows 10M (Secondary daily driver). 7. Samsung S6 (Daily driver). 8. Blackberry Bold 9790 (Still in great shape though some buttons don't work anymore. Would do great as a paperweight!). Wow, I didn't realize I've EIGHT bloody phones lying around in my house! And I thought I was poor! Oh well, G'Day!

6. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 158; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

My daily driver Note8 my secondary device j7 lumia640xl still working lumua1520 botched screen nokia 808 decides when it wants to switch on

7. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I got 3 lying around- HTC One X Nexus 5 OnePlus One

8. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

I have three devices, note 8 daily driver, iphone 6s just for playing, ipad mini 2. I always sell my old phone so that i can purchase new one, sold note 5 for 230 dollars and purchased note 8, recently had a reason to buy iphone 6s, because i like that phone

9. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

I like iphones but because of closed operating system i am bound to use android phones, particularly samsung

10. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

A Pixel phone and tablet, backed up by a Nexus phone and tablet. I guess I still have a Motorola Photon Q in the basement, but it'll likely get recycled the next time the opportunity presents. Great phone, gutted by the company buyouts...

11. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I have about 8 of them and I trying to sell it more than half but can't move it, that tell you that the smartphone market is not like it use to. 2 or 3 year ago I can buy and sell iphone in the same week, even android now even iPhone now take at least week to get rid off.

12. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

1. Old blackberry touch 2. Old blackberry z10 3. Xiaomi redmi 3 4. 2 small Nokia phones, don't recall their names 5. Samsung s8 (daily driver) and small Nokia phone ( second phone)

14. rxshirts

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2018

I always sell my phones to Techpayout.com Fair prices & quick payout.

16. TinyApps

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 06, 2018

Why don't you people sell your old phones? Such a waste (of your money and perfectly functioning technology)...

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