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...
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36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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. :)

10. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 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).

25. Nickmfnjackson

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 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.

12. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

13. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Bad morning?

63. hepresearch unregistered

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

24. 1iam5mith

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

27. Nickmfnjackson

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 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...

34. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

thanks for clearing that up.

64. hepresearch unregistered

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

57. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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)

49. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

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.

18. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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 -_-

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

22. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

28. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

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

30. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

31. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

43. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

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

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.

46. sephiroth85

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

51. antifanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 06, 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.

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.

52. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 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.

53. jsoliz1985

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

55. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

Blackberry 8310, 34 months and counting. F*ck 3 year contracts. One of the downsides of living in Canada.
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