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View Poll Results: When do you replace your phone?
When a new model comes out 0 0%
6 months to a year 1 1.72%
1 - 2 years 4 6.90%
2 - 3 years 10 17.24%
4 years or more 21 36.21%
I keep it til it dies 22 37.93%
Voters: 58. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-14-2021, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Back in the day of 2 year contracts and subsidized smart phones, it was every two years. Now it is every 3-4 years.
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Old 02-14-2021, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Yes, but, when I first saw the title "how long do you keep your phones" - I did not realize it was in the "cell and smart phone" discussion group. (I spend too much time hanging out in the retirement forum!)

As you can see from my phones over the years - I don't adapt to new gadgets until I have a real need to do so.
Nothing wrong with that.
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Old 02-15-2021, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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18 months. Work buys me a phone every 18 months.
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Old 02-15-2021, 02:58 PM
 
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I'm on the cusp between 3 and 4 years.

I keep a pretty "clean" smartphone in terms of apps. Don't really play games, or download a bunch of random widgets and whatnot so my phones seem to last longer (at full performance) as a result. For whatever too I don't ever seem to drop my phone and I've never had a cracked screen.

I just looked up my last phone order (unlocked Android) and realize I'm coming up on 3 years with zero problems. I could probably keep it for a while longer with no ill effects.
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Old 02-15-2021, 03:33 PM
 
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I usually keep them for 2-3 years before replacing them, but the latest model I have, I’ve kept for what is going to be 4 years now. I really like my MotoZ2 Play and intend to keep it for a while, despite it no longer getting major OS upgrades. I’m still running Android 8.0.
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Old 02-15-2021, 04:35 PM
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Location: Cary, NC
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Depends on how long it takes before it aggravates me enough to try something else.
Essential phone. About 8 months and the company croaked.
iPhone X --10 months. Bleah.

I'm a year into my Samsung Note 10+. It may be around a while, because nothing else has appealed much. But, it aggravates me to some degree daily.

Unfortunately, I think it is Android rather than the hardware.


I sure miss WindowsPhone and a stable OS. Living in the past, I know.
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Old 02-15-2021, 06:04 PM
 
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  • 1999 - Motorolla StarTac, a small clamshell phone, had replaceable batteries. Used it until...
  • 2008 - Iphone 3G, first smart phone I owned. Loved the internet connectivity, the productivity software, the visual voice mail. Eventually the battery refused to hold a respectable charge, which is when I bought...
  • 2013 - HTC One (M7). Built like a tank but people used to rubber-neck at it because it looked so good. Liked the Android OS much more than IOS right from the start. Towards the end it got long in the tooth software-wise, had an undependable battery life, and Google stopped updating the Android OS (security risk, bad for my job) when I replaced it with
  • 2020 - IPhone 11. Mostly to see if iOS had anything new/better than Android (IMO, it doesn't). Also because Apple doesn't sell me quite so hard to third party marketers as Google did. Funny, I don't use it as much as I thought that I would. And I miss Android. Maybe I'd be happier with a small clamshell with replaceable batteries that just makes phone calls...

Ignoring the last one (because it's so new), I seem to go 7 years between new phones.
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Old 02-15-2021, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I keep mine until they die, but every smartphone I've had has died in 2.5 - 3 years.

The earlier phones lasted 4 and 5 years.

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Yes, but, when I first saw the title "how long do you keep your phones" - I did not realize it was in the "cell and smart phone" discussion group. (I spend too much time hanging out in the retirement forum!)

As you can see from my phones over the years - I don't adapt to new gadgets until I have a real need to do so.
Mary, I still have the first phone I bought, also in 1983 - a brown one-piece phone that you hang up by setting it face down on the table.
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Old 02-15-2021, 06:58 PM
 
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I keep mine as long as I can. But I seldom go on line with mine, I just use it as a phone.
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Old 02-15-2021, 08:50 PM
 
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I carry two phones. I have slowed down on the upgrades...

iPhone X -> iPhone XS -> iPhone 11 Pro -> ??? (I didn't get the 12 series).

Pixel -> Pixel 2 -> Pixel 3 -> Pixel 5 (skipped Pixel 4)

Phone hardware isn't improving that quickly. Today's quality smartphones last for several years and retain their value and usefulness for quite some time.

Will I get the iPhone 13? Most likely. Will I get the Pixel 6? That depends on what the hardware looks like.
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