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Old 12-04-2006, 2:02 AM
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How long should I keep my phone?

I've had my phone for a little while now, but I was wondering: how long should I keep a phone until the technology makes it more worth it to buy a new one? Would I be better off waiting a couple more years and getting a top of the line phone then, or replacing it with a new phone every 6 months or so?
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Old 12-04-2006, 4:44 AM
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I keep mine for roughly 2 yrs .. when the contract expires upgrade.
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Old 12-04-2006, 7:38 AM
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With most technology, it's usually best to invest in top of the line and then save up for a couple years. However, I get the feeling cell phone technology is moving so fast, it's better to get a new one relatively often. With more and more features like cameras and mp3 players being integrated, you'll get the most features upgrading often.

Unless you're a purist and don't like being able to make toast with your cell phone. Weirdo
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Old 12-04-2006, 1:29 PM
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Keep it untill it doesnt serve the purpose you need it for. Its all well and good upgrading your phone every 6 months but sit down and think - what does your current phone do that your last phone didnt that you couldnt live without?
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Old 12-04-2006, 3:16 PM
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My thoughts exactly - there used to be a time when mobile phones where just that - now they seem to metamorphosing themselves into portable entertainment systems, micro photographic studios and muli-option communications centres. But they still can't make coffee....
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Old 13-04-2006, 1:10 AM
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I usually keep my cell phones for the duration of the contract, every new contract you initiate gives you good deals on new phones.
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Old 13-04-2006, 1:26 AM
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It depends on how well your phone works.Really if your happy with your phone and it works perfectly fine there really should be no reason to get a new one ,unless you find one thats better and cheaper when the plan runs out.
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Old 13-04-2006, 1:35 AM
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Vie is somewhat right, but phone technology has been changing so quick its hard not to want to upgrade.
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Old 13-04-2006, 3:49 AM
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It sounds like it's coming down to a decision regarding how many uses a phone should serve. If you want to be able to talk to people and little else, it sounds like you should just get a good model and stay with it. If you want a phone that can file your taxes and mow the lawn, replace early and replace often.

The scary thing is that, with online tax filling, I think you might just be able to file your taxes from your phone.
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Old 13-04-2006, 5:01 AM
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Yeah alot of people are buying phones as computers and cameras first, then for the actual quality of the phone.
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Old 13-04-2006, 5:06 AM
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I think the number of features a phone has are becoming the accepted definition for how "quality" they are.
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Old 13-04-2006, 10:36 AM
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one of my friends has had the same one for 6 years now... I keep mine until it doesn't work anymore lol...
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Old 13-04-2006, 3:50 PM
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I am a little different than you all...I keep mine until I lose it...which is usually in a years time...
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Old 14-04-2006, 4:03 AM
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I'm of the opinion that you replace your phone when it doesn't do everything you want it to do anymore. If it's serving the purpose, then why upgrade?

Then again... if you can afford the cool new phone with 16 different faceplates and all the technotools you want.. why the heck not?
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Old 15-04-2006, 2:21 PM
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Keep your phone until a major update comes out like bluetooth, cameras, etc...not if it's just more flashy than yours.
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