When Should You Get a New Phone?

The latest model of your favorite phone just released, and everyone seems to have one but you. You look at your older device and those shiny new models and wonder “Should I upgrade my phone?” On the one hand, your current model may be perfectly fine, but on the other, you could get a new phone with extra features. The urge to upgrade is even stronger right now, with 5G phones poised to dominate the market and promising increased speed, power, and functionality. 

Phone envy is real, and we all have it at some point or another. Here’s how to decide when you should upgrade your phone.

How often should you upgrade your phone?

How often you should upgrade your phone is a matter of some debate. Most people replace their phones every two to three years, at the point when phone batteries start to die. Others argue it makes more financial sense to upgrade your phone once a year, as you get to trade a newer model phone in for up to fifty percent of its value, which you can put towards the cost of the new phone. This strategy makes the most sense if you prefer to buy your phones outright, rather than making monthly payments to a carrier.

Signs you should get a new phone?

If you’re wondering “when should I get a new phone?” chances are you’re at least tempted to upgrade. If you like your old device, but aren’t sure it’s worth keeping, take a look at this list of signs it’s time to get a new phone.

OS availability

Eventually, manufacturers stop offering their latest operating systems for old phone models. Apple tends to stop providing OS updates after approximately five years, while Android stops offering their newest operating systems to older phones after two or three years. Without the latest OS, your phone is vulnerable to malware and security breaches. You may experience more bugs and find apps no longer work. If so, it’s time for a new phone!

Battery Capacity

Phone batteries slowly use the ability to hold a charge over time. If you find your phone’s battery drains faster than it used to, or if you need to keep it plugged into a charger to use it, you should consider upgrading your phone.

Insufficient storage

Storage increases with every new generation of phones, and so too does the amount of data you need to store. If you’re constantly deleting photos to make room for more or lack the storage needed for all your apps, you might want to consider a new phone.

Broke and busted

Phones take a beating over the course of their life. Any of the following damage can result from daily wear and tear, and indicate the need to replace your phone:

  • Broken or cracked screens
  • Defective microphones
  • Glitchy touch screen
  • Phones that reboot for no reason
  • Short-loved batteries
  • Broken camera lenses

Camera capability

Older model phone cameras took okay pictures, but they pale next to the features on the best camera phones. Avid photographers will probably want the new lenses and editing softwares that come with the latest generation of phones.

How to recycle your old phone

What do you do with an old phone if it's too damaged to be worth trading in? Verizon accepts older phones as part of its HopeLineSM Phone Recycling Program. Profits from recycling or refurbishing phones go to help fight domestic violence.

Save money by trading in your current phone

If you’re ready to upgrade to a new phone, you can save money by trading your old model into Verizon. Simply use the Verizon trade-in calculator to determine the value of your phone, choose whether you want cash or credit towards your new device, and confirm your shipping details. Verizon will send you everything you need to ship them your old phone, and you can start shopping for the latest phone models.


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