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


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. 

That's a big jump, but the trend is still in its nascence, that is why we wanted to ask you 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.

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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27 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 758; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I sell all my old phones. I always keep a max of 2 daily drivers and 1 extra older phone for emergencies. No use keeping the older phones. Just a loss if value if you keep them lying unused .

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I will keep my htc evo forever. with a cracked screen... still got a samsung nexus and just retired the axon 7

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Sony Ericson w395 ( not sure if it is dead or if it needs new battery) Galaxy Pocket

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It varies, I have some older phones but usually, I give them away to family or friends.

5. toukale

Posts: 624; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I have a 6S laying in my drawer as a back up in case.

6. ssallen

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

I still have a functioning Motorola Droid Bionic (Loved that phone!) lying around. I even had to bust it out and use it for a couple months last summer.

7. luis.aag90

Posts: 272; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I still keep a Nokia E5. Everything works including the Wi-Fi and battery

8. MroziQ

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

I'm looking for old Nokias like 8810, 8850, 8910(i), 6310i, 7280, 7380, 7270 etc. Someone?

17. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Take a search on ebay or OLX.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I still have a Nextel i580 in my drawer. One of the few material possessions I keep for purely sentimental reasons.

10. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I have Xperia Z Ultra, iPad mini 2 and even Sony Ericsson Vivaz laying around in my room XD I currently use LG V30 as my daily driver

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4108; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Brand new iPhone 7 (corporate issued) sitting in a drawer. Otherwise I sell all my phones.

12. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I have 3 now, but I just got the 3rd phone to use as my main phone. I have an easy option to get rid of one or two of them if I want to. I'm always about having a backup phone. Idealistically, 2 phones is good enough for me.

13. Huh101

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 10, 2017

Since I keep phones for quite some times, and also 2 year contracts from AT&T, it's hard to sell those that have become obsolete so I have a drawer full of HTC phones. HTC Vivid, One X, M7, Desire Eye, and a random Lumia 635 that I got for like $20 on AT&T GoPhone when I needed a quick replacement for a week.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

2, I'm looking for an older iPhone though.

16. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Have like 7-9 lying in my drawer. & 3-5 are in perfect conditon others have battery issues.

18. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I'm still using a galaxy s6 as my daily driver

19. Tipus

Posts: 850; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Xperia Acro s and Z3. Sony used to be great phones

20. rdgprime

Posts: 8; Member since: May 08, 2016

The design of the Galaxy S6 was pretty good! Makes me wishing it to come back. I think the S9 was a bummer in the design

21. GJM1991

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 12, 2018

Lol, my "old" Galaxy s5 is still is my daily driver

22. bearballz

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

Still have my trusty Note 4 as backup.

23. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I have around 15 lying around. I keep all my old phones.

24. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Have a nokia 808 al umina 1520 a lumia 640xl and im using a note8 and a j7

25. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Nokia 9300 and Nokia E62. I will donate them to a museum some day... whenever they get around to putting together a mobile phone museum?

26. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

I have all the Note series except for Note 7, and a few HTC Winmo phones

27. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

I have nokia 3530,nokia 2600, nokia n70 music edition, and many Samsung phones

28. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

Have 5 , 3 are currently old enough : Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman , Sony Xperia E Dual , C4 Dual .

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