An interesting survey by Dixons has revealed that we are waiting longer to upgrade our phones these days when compared to a few years ago. The results showed that in 2013, people upgraded their handsets, on average, once every 20 months, but in 2017, people are waiting 29 months to get a new phone.
Why Are We Upgrading Less Often?
There are a few reasons why this could be. While most contract providers offer an upgrade every two years, those on pre-pay tariffs who buy their phones outright are dealing with a market full of more expensive handsets (if they want the flagship models), many of which cost more than a mid-range laptop. This makes upgrading a phone a major purchase, so consumers prefer to get the most use from the one they have.
Additionally, there hasn’t been any significant developments in the last couple of generations of phone that have been seen as must-have features. A new phone might net you a slightly better camera or more advanced voice-activated assistant, but the difference between generations isn’t significant enough that people with two-year-old phones feel they are using an outdated piece of technology, as it was in 2013.
Time to Upgrade?
Generally now, it seems, unless someone is particularly tempted by a new model, they upgrade when the phone starts to experience issues – usually with battery life. Older phones had batteries you could replace yourself, but this is not the standard with smartphones, so a faulty battery is usually a sign it is time to upgrade. Mobile phones, like other devices with built-in batteries, are not really designed to last forever, and so issues usually start around the two-year mark.
Other reasons to upgrade could be that you want to move from a lower end phone to a premium phone for extra features, you want more storage space for media, or you want to switch between iOS and Android.
What About That Old Handset?
Of course, once you get your new phone, you still have a fairly valuable phone that you no longer need. Some people simply leave them in a drawer somewhere to use as a backup if something happens to their new phone, and this is a valid approach. However, there are some other ways you can get some use out of your old device too.
One of the best is simply to sell it. There are some great companies that buy old iPhones and other handsets to recycle, and this can be really convenient. You simply get a quote from the website for the model and condition of your phone and they provide you with a means to send it to them. This can be a great way to get some money for something you no longer need, and unlike selling it on eBay or local Facebook groups, you can still get some money for it if the screen is broken or it doesn’t work properly.
Another thing you can do is keep using your old phone as a music library. If the battery isn’t too good anymore, dock it to a phone speaker set and use it as a control panel to select your music. This way it is always receiving a charge through the dock, so battery issues won’t prevent it from being useful. You can use all of its storage for your music and you won’t need apps and other media anymore.
Whether you choose to sell or keep using your phone, or simply have it as an emergency backup, making some use out of it when you upgrade is always a good idea!