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UBS: Fewer Americans will upgrade to a new smartphone this year

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Jul 2013, 21:45

A report in Monday's Wall Street Journal notes that upgrades to new handset models has been dropping over the last few years; in 2012, 68 million Americans upgraded to a new smartphone, 9% fewer than the number that upgraded their phone the previous year. AT&T and T-Mobile have recently introduced new upgrade plans that allow users to buy new phones multiple times per year...

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posted on 16 Jul 2013, 21:59 2

1. mrraider602 (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)

i feel you Conner! I'm still on my 2 year contract with my galaxy S2 until September! Can't wait to upgrade though, this phone is starting to show its age even with taking care of it like a baby.. But I'm the type to wait for my contract to end before changing phones.. so bring on the Note 3!

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 23:10 3

2. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 265; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I buy my phones outright, I won't buy another one till my current phone breaks, as I'm very happy with it and don't see any reason to update.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 23:42 1

3. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

bring done the prices of phones and I'll go back to buying a new phone every 3 months like I did when feature phones were all the rave.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 03:10 2

4. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

They are monopolizing phones right now hopefully in 2-3 years the hype dies down and smartphone prices crash to what they should be.

Its sad when I can get a 10" tablet with a 1600p screen and Tegra 4 and all of the other specs besides the cameras are better/equal for $250 cheaper than a galaxy s4.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 04:19 2

5. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

wow I JUST realized off contract prices are the same or more than laptops and tablets

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 07:59 1

6. xpr3ss10n (Posts: 58; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

Part of the reason that phones are priced more is vecause of there design. It is not as easy to make a phone that is as fast as a tablet but as thin ss paper. Smaller package is harder. All in all though, in the end we are still raped as the consumer. Innovation is now leaning towards software, although with things like GLASS... there could be a new wave of tech. The big problem is that, unlike iPhone, it was failed to be kept a secret. If it were more of a secret, perhaps it could have made a bigger splash

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