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On Average, How Often Do You Get A New Phone?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by KyleAndMelissa22, Apr 7, 2008.

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On Average, How Often Do You Get A New Phone?

  1. a few days

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  2. a few weeks

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  3. a few months

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  4. about 1 year

    36.7%
  5. about 2 years or more

    40.8%
  6. I still have my 1st phone!

    4.1%
  1. Eric47

    Eric47 Bronze Senior Member
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    Lately I'm changing often since my 8310 mysteriously ended itself :(
     
  2. QLR

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    the beauties of GSM... Just switch phones on a dime... :) sorry to hear about your curve :(
     
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  3. Eric47

    Eric47 Bronze Senior Member
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    yea its ok..luckily i had another 8300 .

    but yea, sim cards are def a nice thing..i have about 4 phones i alternate with, depending on my needs that day.
     
  4. M in LA

    M in LA Mobile 28 Years Plus
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    Me too!!!:D All but one of about 7 GSM phones are unlocked. It's fun being able to switch phones between lines on a whim. This helps me fight the urge to get a new phone. I have more than I can handle as it is.:)
     
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    truly...

    being able to switch back to an old Nokia 6030 or Motorola V180 or even a Samsung D807 is enough to satisfy my cravings for new phones most of the time. of course i think ill pull my old 8525 out of retirement not that this area is about to be 3G!!
     
  6. Telekom

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    I guess it all depends. My current phone I've had since January of 2007 which has a two year agreement attached to it. The phone I had before that was unlocked and not related to the carrier and I had that phone for almost five years and only because it did everything that I needed it to do and did it well. I may not be the most high-tech user either since all I care about in a phone is its functionality i.e. to be first and foremost a phone and have good phone qualities such as good audio performance, good RF and good battery life. The other things such as a display with over a million pixels isn't something that I really need. Truth is that this decidedly older handset (Nokia 6310i) that I still have and use in a base station as my home service with another number is superior in many ways to my fancier Nokia 8801 whose display is harder to read outdoors in full sunlight, whose ringer is harder to hear in a noisier environment and whose battery can last almost a full two weeks on standby without a recharge. It's decidedly "clunky" looking and at least an inch taller than many current models but as a utilitatiran phone it just cannot be beat.
     
  7. KyleAndMelissa22

    KyleAndMelissa22 Woot Woot, Splat !!!
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    I wonder how time affects phones,
    even if phones are kept in near-perfect condition,
    eventually would the transmitters inside lose performance and ability to work at all?

    For example (in electronics),
    just a few months ago, I bought an MP3 CD player from Wal-Mart
    and put an MP3 CD in it and played it non-stop for a month, and left it alone on random
    (for my FM transmitter around my house).
    After a month, the CD player just stopped working for no reason, and I didn't even touch it all month,
    and it was still in like-new condition.

    Similarly with cell phones (well I know some are made better than others),
    The same can happen with cell phones, they'd wear themselves out eventually, right?
    (but hey I guess some analog phones 20 years old would still work on an analog signal ;).)
     
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  8. Gamer03

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    Lol. :D Well I have cut back significantly on how many phones I have bought. I have also finally found a phone (Treo 755p) that I am happy with. But some of the times I switched I was within my 30 days so it seems like I have had a lot of phones. A few times it does seem like a few days, but most of the time it has been a few months. I decided to chose about a year since I tend to get bored with phones fast and I have been better about not buying a new phone every few months like I used to. The only bad thing is that I have had to pay full retail :eek: a few times in order to satisfy my phone addiction.
     
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  9. Jay2TheRescue

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    LOL, 2006 was my phone buying spree year... I upgraded in the spring to a LG CU320, took it back to the store after 26 hours, got a Moto V3. That year I also purchased outright my iPAQ hw6515, Motorola A845, and a second Motorola V551. That was 5 phones purchased in 1 year! I'm sure that some, like Charlyee can top that though.

    -Jay
     
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  10. charlyee

    charlyee Ultimate Insanity
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    Interesting so was mine, yes I can top you but not by that much though. I had the 6682, got the QTEK 9100, went back to another 6682. Then got the 8125 for a day, then went to the PEBL, then the 6131 and then the Blackjack.:)
     
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    I apparently wait two years and then I get two. :D

    I still have and regularly use my original phone, however. It is my prepaid SIM's home. :)
     
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  12. M in LA

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    My buying spree was between 2005 and 2007. Of course having multiple carriers lends itself to this. I am slowing down, but it's hard because phones are so darn C:cool::cool:L! :D
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Quint's Pearl: BlackBerry8130/4.3.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/105)

    Lol... If prepaid weren't as cheap, I'd only be using one carrier versus the 3 I use.
     
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    i usually switch phones about every six months.... it's not such an expensive thing to do if you ebay off your old phone
     
  15. Ironwalt

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    I keep mine for around 2 years.
     
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    10 months usually
     
  17. Jerro

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    When any of our phones has broken, it is replaced. I don't buy to get the latest since most often new models have glitches.
     
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  18. t6821hn

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    I still have my Qualcomm GSP 1600 from 12/2000. Tend to keep phones for a very long time.
     
  19. Jay2TheRescue

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    Do you still use it regularly?

    -Jay
     
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    t6821hn Junior Member
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    I still do. I have it activated on Page Plus for cellular and Globalstar for satellite. Only thing replaced has been the battery.

    Great phone all this time.
     
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    I usually get a new one ever year or so. The one I'm using now would be my 5th one in the past 5 years of being a Sprint customer. :)
     
  22. nmt

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    I had my Nokia 6162 flip for 8 years on AT&T digital one rate plan. Got rid of it & AT&T in '06 and now w/ Alltel & E815. If the phone holds up I'll keep for another couple of years maybe more before buying another one.

    So on average about 6 years.

    Curt
     
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  23. M in LA

    M in LA Mobile 28 Years Plus
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    It would be nice to stick with one phone for a long period of time, but I'm addicted to these things and the itch to get a new one happens more often than I'd like, but the good thing is, I've become a cell phone guru and am always helping friends and family with anything cell phones (best phone, how to use it, brand quality, features, and just about everything else). :)
     
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  24. M in LA

    M in LA Mobile 28 Years Plus
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    Wouldn't you know just hours after I post this, I add another phone to the fold...:O
     
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    . Lol. I just added a new phone to my stable as well, the SE Z310a. Phone is nice and simple and a lot better than that LG CG180 I tried before. I wanted a phone with EDGE capabilities and I wanted to test out the AT&T coverage and sound quality since my T-Mobile doesn't roam in this area. From the looks of it, quality varies based on the phone's abilities. I had tried a Motorola C139 (no data abilities) and a LG CG180 (GPRS only) and those phones were horrible sounding and/or felt cheap. Glad I only have one contract and 3 other prepaid devices.
     
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  26. Telekom

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    Why did you add a phone to your stable? I didn't know horses could use phones! :)
     
  27. Jay2TheRescue

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    LOL, I can remember when I was a kid a friend of mine had a black Western Electric model 554 in his barn. The rotary dial made it hard for the horses to dial though.

    -Jay
     
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    I get a new cell phone every few months, I can never get enough. :biggrin:
     
  29. Ellen

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    I purchase a new phone every 4 to 10 months.
     
  30. Steven R

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    If I did that to my kids, they'd go insane. Both of my kids barely can stay in text limits - you can see how much they love their phone. :biggrin:
     

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