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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 1.64%
1 - 2 years 4 6.56%
2 - 3 years 11 18.03%
4 years or more 21 34.43%
I keep it til it dies 24 39.34%
Voters: 61. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-16-2021, 01:36 AM
 
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I keep it till it breaks
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:17 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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The 1st cell phones that I remember that people could actually buy and use was 1985. The first one of these did come out in 1983 but cost 4k. I doubt that anybody here had one at that time



This is the phone I used in 1983.



Just kidding. It was a touch tone but probably did not look like that.

As for the thread topic, I keep my cell (smart) phone for about 3 years on average.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:17 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Since getting our first bricks in the early 1990s, we have upgraded every two years, without exception. Usually by then the battery was not holding a charge well, but more importantly, they have always made big improvements during that time in size, weight, reliability, and features.
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Old 02-16-2021, 09:25 PM
 
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I am a light cell phone user. The very first flip phone I had for about 6 years (too bulky had the large format with antenna extension) - inherited it when I lost job but it was my work phone and had a great corporate plan eventually the prior area code was broken up and somehow in the process mine must have been red flagged and they made me discontinue.



Next one lasted about 5-6 years don't recall the mfr but it was through Verizon. The next I got 12 years out of probably bought two replacement batteries (LG flip phone 3G).



I recently purchased 4GLTE LG basic flip phone (tracfone). I have had it few months and does what I need - still a few features I have not fully gotten used to using, but very functional for my needs.
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Old 02-16-2021, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Originally Posted by djmilf View Post
  • 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.
How do you remember those details? Thinking back, this is the best I can do, and all dates are approximate.

1998 or so-Some sort of flip phone. Samsung?
2003? Different flip phone.
2006? Blackberry something.
20010? Android something.
2012 Iphone 5
2014 Iphone 6
2019? Iphone whatever I have now.

Looks like an average of one phone every 3 years or so, but I am definitely slowing down.
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:50 AM
 
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IT here. I get a new phone on average of once a year, work normally pays for it. I haven't kept a phone for more than 2 years in probably 6 or 7 years, even when I was paying for them myself.

Took me a minute to think back on the phones I've had. For work, I've had an iPhone 7, X, 11 Pro and 12 Pro, I gave up carrying 2 devices (personal and work) with the 11 Pro and just dual SIM now. Personal phones, I've had a couple flip phones way back when till I switched to a Moto Q, then a couple Blackberries (I want to say a Curve and a Tour?), then went to the Droids - had a OG Moto Droid, Moto Droid X, Moto Droid Razr, Moto Droid Razr Mini, Moto Droid Maxx, Moto Droid Turbo, then switched to Samsung - had a Galaxy S6, S7, S8, then got a Google Pixel 3. Gave up the Pixel 3 after a year when I switched to the iPhone 11 Pro (it wasn't much of a sacrifice. The Pixel wasn't bad, but the battery life was abysmal). Currently on the 12 Pro now. If work wants to keep paying for phones every year, I'll keep switching. Otherwise I'll get rid of them when the batteries start to give up.
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Old 02-17-2021, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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You sound like me Rebl.
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had a OG Moto Droid,
That was a phone. It was unbreakable. I remember we had warranty coverage on a few of those. One guys phone broke but it wasn't a coverable offense under warranty. Don't remember the specific problem. Buy ya' know what WAS covered? A cracked screen. Took me over 30 minutes to crack it. Throwing it at the ground. Slamming it on the corners of desks. It would not break. It may have not been an HD screen or been a multipoint touchscreen, but man it wouldn't break. Finally broke it by throwing it out a 3rd floor window.
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Old 02-17-2021, 10:04 AM
 
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You sound like me Rebl.


That was a phone. It was unbreakable. I remember we had warranty coverage on a few of those. One guys phone broke but it wasn't a coverable offense under warranty. Don't remember the specific problem. Buy ya' know what WAS covered? A cracked screen. Took me over 30 minutes to crack it. Throwing it at the ground. Slamming it on the corners of desks. It would not break. It may have not been an HD screen or been a multipoint touchscreen, but man it wouldn't break. Finally broke it by throwing it out a 3rd floor window.
My Droid X was bulletproof. I wrecked my motorcycle with it in my pocket - hit the ground at about 50mph. It broke the LCD under the glass - but the glass never broke. To be fair, I came out of that accident with nothing broken either, except my recollection of it. Still don't remember the day of the accident haha.
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:40 PM
 
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About 2-3 years on average

Just bought a new phone today...... had my previous phone since Feb of 2018.




Quote:
Originally Posted by djmilf View Post
  • 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.

The HTC One (M7) is my favorite and best phone I've had....like you said. it was built like a tank... took a beating and kept on ticking. I had it for a little over 3 years until I replaced it with the HTC 10 when it came out in 2016. Sadly that phone started having problems after the 1 year warranty had expired.. and had to replace it a few months after.
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Old 02-17-2021, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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I notice quite a few got a new phone when the battery started wearing out. I wonder why no one just got a new battery?
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