How Often Do You Get A New Cell Phone?

@trickiwoo (2702)
United States
October 18, 2008 8:01pm CST
My boyfriend just bought a new cell phone today. We've been dating for 2 1/2 years, and as long as I've known him he's had the same phone. In that same time period, I've gone through 3 or 4 phones! I usually buy a new phone once a year to upgrade to a nicer model. Occasionally I'll break my phone and HAVE to buy a new one. The technology with cell phones is increasing so fast! Not long after you buy a phone, a nicer, newer model with more features comes out! So, do you keep up with the technology and constantly buy new phones? Or do you still have the very first cell phone you ever bought?
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@know21 (1251)
• United States
19 Oct 08
cell phone - Picture of a cell phone
I'm addicted to new and better cell phones. every time a newer, and cooler one comes out i have to have it!!! very rarely do i wait until the renewal date. if a new one comes out and i really want it, i tend to just pay the retail for it and activate it. bratty i know but i don't have a land line so my cell phone gets used and abused daily. i have to like it!
@artibg (292)
• Bulgaria
19 Oct 08
Well, i have been using the same cell phone for more than 3 years and i must confess that it is indestructible! You just cant imagine what this mobile phone had to go through- it fell in a bucket with water, after this from the 2nd floor and many many other risky situations. May be if i had chosen not to have it repaired and buy a new one instead i'd have bought several new phones.It might not have too much modern features but i like it- being able to talk and send messages is more than enough for me . Now i want to buy a new mobile phone, but i'm saving money for new laptop so i guess i won't have a new phone soon. happy mylotting
@zipk11 (99)
• India
19 Oct 08
Currently i am using nokia n73...... i usually change my handset every 8-9 months....... i look for good sound quality, nice camera and battery life of a mobile when buying a new one....But yeah i dont break my mobile 2 buy a new one hehehe....
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• India
19 Oct 08
i have a nokia cellphone which i have been using since past 2 years. yet it was quite useful in those days but as the technologies are getting better new cellphones are coming with better accessories like wi-fi, bluetooth, 3G. These all functions have become quite important now a days, so i am thinking of getting a new cellphone from which i can have an acess to high speed internet.
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• Philippines
19 Oct 08
hmmm.... I really don't how many times I change my mobile phone. My very first phone is a Nokia 3210 that is way back in 8 years ago. I usually buy a new phone once I feel that it is outdated. I usually sell my phone in a reasonable price. Then after I sold it, I will buy a new one. During those 8 years, I usually change my unit every quarter. Lesson learned. Now, I will be much wiser. Rather spending thousand of pesos on a gadget, might as well keep my money and spent wisely.
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@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
19 Oct 08
I used to buy a phone only when I needed to like when I break a phone or phone just simply stops working. Few years back, I worked for a cell phone company briefly. And that's where I came to understand how the cell phone companies make their money, or at least in part. So I buy a phone every 2 years when my contract runs out. Most of the times, when I renew a contract for 2 years, I can get a phone for really cheap or even for free. I usually keep the older one for few month for back up then donate them to those crisis centers so that people can use them for emergencies. When you make a payment for your monthly bill, portion of it goes to the price of your phone that you got for free, or at a discount. It takes service providers about 16 to 18 month to make up for the discount you have gotten on your phone. Which means the last 6 to 8 month of your bill, even though your bill stays the same, the service provider's profit goes up. If the phone supposed to cost $200 & you got that phone for free. Service provider is actually paying that $200 to the phone manufacturer then turns around keeps around $10 - $15 a month of your phone bill to recover the cost of that phone. If you're paying $40/month on your phone bill & they're keeping $10 for the recovery of the cost of the phone, then 20 month after you paying your phone bill, that phone is paid off. Which means now they get to keep that $10 extra for themselves. Your phone bill doesn't go down by $10/month, it just turns into their pure profit. If I'm paying my bill, I'd rather get something out of it than just put those money into "their" pocket.
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@rangics (1335)
• Philippines
19 Oct 08
I cannot fully remember how many cellphones I've used already...I'm sort of addicted to this thing actually most especially when I see a new one that's more high tech than what I'm currently using ..hihihihi..but that was before..right now, i've found my match...after long years of searching for a compatible phone for my personality, I've finally landed on one mobile that suits me and my needs. I think it will take a while for me to buy a new one most especially that nowadays I'm on a quite tight budget..hihihihihi.. (forgot to mention too that it is soo not practical to buy a new one if the mobile you're using still works or still in good condition right?. Money wise as they say..so I'm crossing my fingers for now. )
• India
20 Oct 08
Well the first cellphone that i had changed i did that in 6 months . i have stucked to my second cellphone as of now and it has been a year , since the performance has been good. But i am thinking to buy a new one since i am getting bored with this one.
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@chingbeem (910)
• Philippines
20 Oct 08
I will be lucky if my phone keeps working in 2 years time. I dont know,its either I lost a phone or break one.I think,since the year 1998, I had more than 10. My latest which I bought last January,a Nokia N73 is now showing signs of retirement..LOL...I like this phone since it is 3G capable and has a 3.2 megapixel camera. I dont need to bring extra digi cam. But losing patience...sometimes it just goes off...maybe I can get a sony erickson cyber whatever,with 5 mega pixel cam...my kids say, I need a camera,not a phone.LOL We still have our old phones here,but most are in bad shape. My kids want to change phones this christmas with the cash gifts they get. My son has an N70 now,my daughter a N70 music series, I dont know what they plan to get.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
20 Oct 08
I get a new cell phone every two years since I am on a two year plan with Verizon Wireless. I like keeping up with the latest and greatest technology though you are right about as soon as you get a phone, a better one comes out right after. it is hard to wait two years to get a newer and better phone. I am due for a new phone in December and will see which one that I can get. I am also considering going with the Apple Iphone instead of going through Verizon Wireless or other carriers.
• United States
19 Oct 08
We get a new phone every two years because we are on a two year contract with the phone company. Every two years we each get a free phone. This year we got the LG Voyager. It is great. :)
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• United States
19 Oct 08
Most of the time I only used prepaid, simply because in my opinion a cell phone should be used for emergencies. I keep one in the car, and one in the home, just in case our power goes out. They are good to have, but sometimes annoying. I've tried having one with me all the time, but it turns out that I would get annoyed with it ringing while i was in college classes, and I would end up shutting it off. So there was no reason to have it then anyway. Now I only use one for emergencies, and the way i figure it is that if anyone needs to get ahold of me they can do it when i'm home, or if it is an emergency then they can call the cell phone, but other than that, i really have no use for it. I guess it's one of those things that some people like and some people don't. As for like a plan with one of the companies, personally i couldn't afford another bill to go along with it, so i just stick to the basics lol. Great discussion, i'll be sure to check any new ones you may have.
• Bangladesh
19 Oct 08
ii think first thing is like more important to all. like first love, first kiss, first sight at first love bla, bla, bla....... by the way first thing is almost remembareble, as i think. but where there is technology is availabe with me then offcourse i will take this first and obviously take the chance to join with it, cause it is more comfortable to me.
@malawika (30)
• Poland
19 Oct 08
Through last I changed 1.5 year phone of 3 times what it results that I am changing the phone half-yearly from ;) Apart from that there are this many models on the market, that it is necessary to experiment with them :=] Regards, malawika
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