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Old 11-30-2017, 02:20 PM
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I like the S7 Edge because you can put in a 128GB external SD card.

The S6 did not have an SD slot so you were limited to only 32GB
Didn't even know they took it out I lucked out that S5 and S7 had it.
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I usually get the penultimate version and keep it until it doesn't work much anymore. Had a Galaxy S, then an S3 then a Note 3. Kinda wishing the Note 7 didn't get pulled or I would probably be looking at getting that. May have to wait a year to go for a Note 8.
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3+ years. I buy top of the line and ride it into the ground
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got my first one about 5 years ago, my second a couple of weeks ago
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Usually every two years, but I had my last phone for 3 years. I just got a new one last week. (yay!)

I usually spread out the payments over 24 months, and stay on the same contract with my carrier.
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why are you 24 monthers getting new phones at that time? performance slowdowns, reduced battery life, stuff like that? contracts aren't much of a thing any more, right?
I kept my last phone for 3 years, but replaced it because of slowdowns and reduced battery life. The battery life was so awful that I ended up carrying a portable battery charger with me.

You're right that contracts aren't common anymore, but the payment for the phone can be spread out over a 24-month period (or some other length). In my case the interest is 0%, and I hear that's common. So, you're liable for paying off the phone before you get a new one.
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I've not looked at a fixed replacement time. I get a new one when the old one has broken or become unreliable and does not seem worth fixing. That's typically been 2 1/2 to 3 years.
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Old 12-01-2017, 07:27 AM
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Wife and I had been every 2 years since about 2006 (largely due to contract structure + desire for new tech). We are now about 28 months in though and it seems like we'll probably go about 3 years as the phones (Iphone 6s+) are currently working well. Could be one IOS update away from Apple slowing them to an annoying level though.
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Old 12-01-2017, 01:58 PM
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why are you 24 monthers getting new phones at that time? performance slowdowns, reduced battery life, stuff like that? contracts aren't much of a thing any more, right?
I think the main reason is that resale prices for devices flatten out at about 2 years. Before that, prices drop by about 50% per year. For example, iPhone 6S new was about $650, then $350 used after about a year, and now is about $200. If you can make someone else eat that depreciation, that is the best bet. If you are willing to eat that depreciation, then you should ride that device into the ground. Otherwise, you are just getting a bad deal by getting the newest every year.

Also, contracts are dead. Every carrier now finances their phones.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:03 PM
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I'll add, if you want the best blend between cutting edge and good value, get last year's model used just after Christmas and sell your previous device. For iPhones, that will cost you a net of about $150 per year. As an example, you would be selling your iPhone 6S for $200 (purchased for $350 last year) and getting a 7 for $350. I've found this to be very consistent year over year for the past 3 years.
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