How often do you buy a new smartphone?

How often do you buy a new smartphone?
With Apple's new iPhone Upgrade Program guaranteeing you the latest iPhone as soon as it comes out, and with makers like Sony accelerating their product development cycle and offering an update twice a year, it's fair to say that devices are becoming more and more disposable. Up to a point where we can't help but look back at the glory days of old, when most people measured their phone's lifespan in the years, not months.

Are we switching to new devices more often than in the past? Undoubtedly, it seems, and largely thanks to various initiatives that make the process a piece of cake in comparison to having to offload your dinged smartphone through eBay or whatever — like Verizon Edge and AT&T Next. This, in turn, made us wonder, Just how often do you buy a new smartphone? And we require answers!

Let us know by voting right below. If your answer falls between two options, just pick the one you believe more accurately represents your buying patterns in the past.

How often do you buy a new smartphone?

Every ~3 months
4.25%
Every ~6 months
5.4%
Every ~9 months
4.15%
Every year
26.91%
Every two years
35.47%
Once in more than two years
23.82%

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89 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

Two years is optimal time for me. As you really get meaningful upgrades in that time. 1 year or less gives too minimal upgrades to go for.

7. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

The Lannister has spoken, all hail! +1

37. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

He's 100% right. Look at the Nexus 5! It can still hold it's own against 2015 flagships. That says a lot.

47. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Yes, two years it is, still rocking my note 4, wch many flagships of 2015 didn't beat yet a 2014, even productivity lovers.. Think it's better than note 5...Waiting for Wat Note 6 brings...

51. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Yes you are right, also buying too many smartphones in single year removes the excitement of next for long.. I bought every flagship(major OEMs) phones in 2015 and now I just don't see anything better or exciting. only thing now I want is 2 days real battery.. or 7-9hrs SOT ;) everyphone I've bought I've to charge twice or sometimes thrice..

73. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

That's is where I'm at right now, tried all the major oem flagship....nothing left to see. Part of it because smartphone has hit it pleatue like anybother era, 80s is pc, 90s laptop, 2000s ipod music somewhat smartphone, 2010s smartphone. So what's next big thing?

87. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Well Well Well, please edit your comment and remove "major". MI4, a 2014 flagship gives 8-10 hours of SoT. Even with WiFi turned on and brightness turned maximum, (almost) regardless of what you use (not counting resource intensive games), it drains a max 10-11% of battery. As far as performance is concerned, I challenge everybody (calmly), get a MI4, go to a Sammy showroom, compare it with S5 and Note 4 first. You can see way better performance in everything. If that is not enuff, mind this, "daily usage applications work more seamlessly on MI 4 than a Galaxy S6". #NoOffence

59. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

The last option because of money

80. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

I love melons.

71. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i do change after 1 & half year........ which is perfect

2. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

My ex Nokia and current Sony smartphone is almost 3 years apart.

3. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Every 3 years here. As long as my phone is kicking and performing at a bearable rate, why upgrade. I'll probably upgrade my Nexus 5 next year.

39. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Nexus 5 owner here! No reason to really upgrade.

84. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I'd gladly hold on to my N5, hadn't its screen, Bluetooth and GPS started to act up., though it's never been dropped and it just completed a couple of years of age.

4. Mitsjke

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

When I drop my old phone.

38. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Oooooops been there!! But there is a silver lining to that a good excuse to buy or get a new one!! +100

5. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

every 1.5 Years is ideal for me.

48. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'll go with this one. But my set up would be every 2 years from 2 different telcos alternating. So basically it's a yearly upgrade.

55. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Every 12-15 months for me.

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Somewhere between 2 to 3 years. Meaningful hardware and software improvements and you give yourself enough time to assess your needs and wants.

8. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Buy a new one every year but only mid range phone. Premium ones are too expensive and not worth it.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Best choice is to buy 1 year old flagships, it's always better value than new mid rangers, just look and S5 vs A5, Z2/Z3 vs mid range Sony's, M8 vs any desire phone. Same (sometimes even lower) price and much better features with better update support

23. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Even a couple of years old flagships are great for light users... my wife and my dad recently got the Z1 Compact... and it is definitely more than enough of what they can take advantage... The downside is that Marshmallows is not certain at this point, however Lollipop works great for the Z1C...

40. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Not sure if this is true, I read a rumor that 6.0 is coming soon for the Z3?? It should it's barely a year old!!

49. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I had one but the card holder broke.. nice phone other than that. If I hadnt known it was a few years old I would have thought it was as up to date as any other there. At least as far as the Camera and speakers were concerned.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Every 1-2 to two years. My knowledge and abundances from people like the Lannisters hell sustain my phone in optimal form.

14. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Hey zeeBomb!! How's it going, bruh?

16. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Pretty good man! How are you? I'm stoked about all these rumors and deals that are coming to life in 2015 fam!

18. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Hahaha i'm fine my guy!! you mean black friday/cyber monday? Heck most of those deals aren't worth it,

32. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lol. Other than smarrphones I guess.

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