What is a realistic amount of time to keep a smartphone before upgrading?

dvarian

Carriers use a 2 year contract to lock customers in each time they get a new device, although there are options with most carriers that allow you to upgrade before then. Of course, they will charge you something for it, and lock you into another 2 year contract. How long is a realistic amount of time to hang onto the same smartphone before it becomes so obsolete that you are pretty much forced to upgrade? Two years seems like an awfully long time, and I’ve never managed to make it.

Answer this Question

Answers

3 total
Christopher Nerney
Vote Up (8)

It all depends on what you use a smartphone for. If it's mostly for texting and calling, an older phone is fine. But if you use a lot of apps, especially for your job, I think you need relatively up-to-date hardware and mobile OSes. I hung onto a Motorola Droid for three years, and the last year was torture. I bought an HTC One a month ago and it was like when The Wizard of Oz switched to color. I agree with you; if you're a power smartphone user, two years is a long time.

kreiley

Hahaha, I like the Wizard of Oz analogy. 
jimlynch
Vote Up (5)

Two years does it for me. I have an iPhone 5, but I'm not upgrading to the iPhone 5S. I see no real need to do so right now, my iPhone 5 works just fine. And the new features in the iPhone 5S aren't worth doing an upgrade.

It's different for different people though, I have a friend who had an iPhone 5 who eagerly upgraded to the 5S. He upgrades every year, while I simply cannot be bothered with it.

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
Google Fiber's arrival in the metro area prompts a groundswell of interest in connecting more homes to the Internet.
Louisiana and Pennsylvania could become the latest states to impose restrictions on the use of commercial drone aircraft over their airspace.
IHS says Samsung's new phone costs $251 for materials, $51 more than the retail cost of a carrier-subsidized unit.
If these guys can get off the ground, you can tell your power brick to hit the bricks.
Google reported a 19 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter, but results from its advertising business were mixed.
The transition from copper-based telephone systems to IP networks in the U.S. could become swept up in political fallout as the FCC figures out how to regulate such networks in ways that will appease the courts.
It took just four days for German researchers to trick the Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner into accepting a mold of a fingerprint instead of a real finger.
Telecom operator Telefónica has launched the first mobile ad-exchange platform to use the operator's customer demographics and real-time location data to serve targeted mobile ads, the company said on Wednesday.
Did you think the 3D craze had run its course? Me too. Apparently Amazon didn't get the memo.
According to a new dataset, the big names in technology lag well behind actors, politicians and athletes in terms of global cultural significance
Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+