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Old 09-02-2015, 10:48 PM
 
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I have owned about 4 phones, my dad is in the business so I get "samples". But usually I use it until it expires which is about 2 years. I try not to jump on to fads and trends.
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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I have owned about 4 phones, my dad is in the business so I get "samples". But usually I use it until it expires which is about 2 years. I try not to jump on to fads and trends.
Expires??????
I have used phones for as many years as I felt like using them and as long as they still worked. My last phone was a Blackberry that I used for at least 10 years. The current phone I have is over 2 years old and I will probably have it another 10 years, as there is no reason to change phones since batteries can be bought online in places such as ebay very inexpensively, and as long as a phone is not dropped where it hits hard on a solid floor, the phone should last for many years. I keep my phones in gel cases to protect them. My wife still has and uses as a second phone for when we are in the Philippines, where we need more than one carrier for the families and friends savings, a Samsung phone that I bought her about 6 years ago and as he main current phone, she has the same model that I have but I bought hers a year before I bought mine, so hers is about 3 years old and we have no intent on changing it anytime soon.

Usually phones can last many years, only the batteries need to be changed, thus why I use android over Iphone but even Iphone batteries can be changed by an experienced person or the Apple store.
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:22 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I upgrade mine every two years when the contract expires, and I can get a new, better one free or cheap. The most I have paid was $49, the current one (Droid Ultra) was free. I'm looking forward to the upgrade next spring, the battery is now draining a lot faster than when I first got it.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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About two years barring major issues namely battery life.
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Old 09-03-2015, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Sometimes it seems certain new smartphones tend to disintegrate after about a year and a half. After having a couple Motorola type phones with a built-in, non-removable battery, I will now only buy a phone with one that can have the battery replaced. And, I've always kept my phones in sturdy cases, and I never drop my phone. I guess, my point is: do your research on phone quality and longevity before you decide, as well.
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Old 09-03-2015, 11:47 AM
 
Location: SC
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My last blackberry (storm) lasted 8 years. I just replaced it a couple months ago with a new blackberry (storm2). I Hope to keep the S2 for another 8 years. It was a great deal for a new phone/no contract at $50.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:15 PM
 
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The phone in my basement is the one that was installed on the kitchen wall of my parents' house when they bought it in 1952. The handset is made of bakelite and is, as a friend of mine described it, "heavy enough to kill somebody with". It has never malfunctioned, the only repair it has ever needed was replacement of the coiled cord between base and handset. It sounds better than any other phone in the house.
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I go through about a dozen per year.
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:12 PM
 
Location: I am right here.
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I go through about a dozen per year.
Wow, what kind of illegal business you in, since you need so many burner phones?!?
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Wow, what kind of illegal business you in, since you need so many burner phones?!?
I have 2 max at a time. I buy the newest ones that come out, sell, and repeat. I'm a bit of a tech geek.
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