Do you upgrade your phone yearly, every two years, whenever it occurs to you?

@mommyboo (13207)
United States
February 18, 2012 8:53pm CST
Every time I think there won't be a reason to upgrade, something else comes out that catches my eye. Doesn't mean I upgrade, but I did recently. Is this something you consider doing when you're able based on your contract, or do you upgrade when you feel like it and pay the price for doing it?
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@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
27 Sep 12
hi, actually i dont have that kind of attitude,it because i give more importance to money on how to use and spend it so upgrading of phone is not necessarily unless if i couldn't use it anymore.i am contented to have my phone even there are many new phone again.
@sacmom (14338)
• United States
14 Mar 12
None of the above. I'm not on a contract anymore! However, when I was, I'd upgrade every few years or so. The last time I did, I only did it because my husband wanted the same phone that I had. He had the same plan, or rather the same cell phone company, but it had been through his boss. So instead of asking him for an upgraded phone, my husband took my old one, put his sim card in it, and used that instead. Unfortunately the timing couldn't have been worse. A few months after I upgraded, my husband lost his job, and of course with that he lost his plan. And here I had gotten the 2 year contract on my phone so we could get a good deal on it. As we didn't want to pay the cancellation fee we held onto the contract until the very end. Now we are free of it and we each have a prepaid plan.
@rosekiss (30152)
• Eugene, Oregon
9 Mar 12
I usually upgrade once a year, as I like technology, and it is so hard to keep up with it, that is for sure. You are right though, that buying phones a lot does cost enough that is for sure, but once I find the phone that I can be happy with for a very long time, then I upgrade. I just recently bought the samsung galaxy s2, and that is one phone, that I can use for a very long long time, as it is one phone that I had been waiting on to buy for a long time. My plan is the value plan, where I can upgrade at any time, but to do that, would be way to expensive and just silly. I don't intend on upgrading just because I can, because I would have to pay full price, and oing that to many times, would cause me to go broke in a hurry. I am very happy with m phone, and I plan to keep it as long as I can. Take care, and happy mylotting.
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
I only upgrade my phone only when my older phone is obsolete. I tend to prefer saving money and not spending much on material things and if ever I would spend some money it's on something worth like a gift for a girlfriend, family, etc.
25 Feb 12
In India we dont have any contracts... while buying a phone i always make sure its features wont become old compared to the upcoming technology... and i will think of getting a new one after two years if its features surpasses mine in many ways and if its in my budget
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Feb 12
Usually when I get to the point where I can get a free (or majorly reduced) phone, but occasionally because the old one crapped out.
• United States
22 Feb 12
Personally I believe it is not to your advantage to upgrade with a new phone. Doing so will only extend your contract another 2 years and if you have an unlimited data plan you may lose it if you upgrade with your carrier such as the case with mine which is ATT. I did upgrade recently from an iphone 3gs to an HTC Inspire 4g paid $11.00 plus tax. I recommend doing it this way. If you do upgrade your phone don't directly upgrade with ATT for example. Go to Best Buy or Costco because if you upgrade with them you can ask to keep your existing data plan. ATT's goal is to get rid of all unlimited data plan users. I wonder why? Also never upgrade with a free phone as you will pay tax on the full retail price. Find a retailer that has the phone you like at a discounted price like $11.00 so that the tax will be based on the price you actually paid. In other words tax on $11.00 vs tax on $349.00 (free phone) will be considerably less. You could purchase some accessories from the tax savings. I think the best thing to do is not upgrade and buy whatever phone you like whenever you like. Yes you will pay full price but then you are not locked in to another 2 year contract. Something about a commitment makes me feel like I am being taken advantage of. It's a great feeling to know that if you decided to cancel service with your carrier you will not incur any penalties.
@dorannmwin (36671)
• United States
22 Feb 12
I am the kind of person that will typically use the same phone until it doesn't work anymore. In fact, I think that in the fifteen years that I've had a cellular phone, I've had a grand total of four different phones. However, I did make an exception to my own rule last week when I bought myself a new phone. I really like the touchscreen phones and my old phone didn't have that feature, so I decided to upgrade and I'm loving my new phone.
• United States
22 Feb 12
I upgrade when i feel like my current phone is no longer serving my needs I did upgrade last year from a regular phone that only called and texted to a smart phone with unlimited web access I dont plan on upgrading anytime soon because I love my phone and I cant imagine needing anything more than what i currently have.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
19 Feb 12
The last two years I did upgrade. I had the blackberry and just got the iPhone only because of my business. I'm allowed to take credit cards with my phone now. Other then that I think I would have stayed with my blackberry
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
19 Feb 12
I just upgrade when I feel like it. I am on a prepaid plan so I am not under contract to keep a certain phone. I don't have the latest technology but it is ok with me what I have.
@ardoy0731 (6866)
• Philippines
19 Feb 12
There are really many new and hi-tech phones out in the market that offers upgraded and hi-tech features that will really useful and will mesmerize us.I like to upgrade to the latest one but practicality always comes first in mind.I don't usually change phone as long as it is still in good condition.
@artauxeo (287)
• Philippines
19 Feb 12
what's good with having new phones always? i really don't get the idea. i rather spend money for my workstation rather than a phone. hmmm.... i think compulsive buying is not my thing.
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
19 Feb 12
oh no it takes me years to learn how to use them so I keep them as long as possible, I always go for the simplest phone possible but I think they are all getting beyond me.
• United States
19 Feb 12
I have a free phone from safelink where I get 150 free minutes ever month. I could upgrade it when ever i like. I have not for the past ear though. I don't use it that much being I am using m mothers assurance phone right now.