How Long Should You Keep a Cell Phone?

Two of the topics that I write about most frequently are technology and personal finance. Specifically, I often write about mobile phones and I also often write about how to save money in your life. Every once in awhile I get to combine these two areas of interest in one article. That’s the case with an article I recently wrote about how to make your mobile phone last for a long time.

I know that most people upgrade their cell phones about once each year. Some people that I know get new phones long before that year is up. I, on the other hand, tend to hang on to my phones for at least a couple of years. Yes, I certainly have an interest in the latest new technology (and have been eyeing the Android phones a lot lately) but I also think that it’s a good idea to hold off on getting a phone until I really need one.

Every time that I have upgraded my phone, I’ve increased the cost of my phone bill. This means I’m not only paying for the phone but also paying more each month for the services on the phone. I’m fairly certain that’s going to happen again when I upgrade the next time because I’ll be adding a data plan which I don’t have now.

I’m not saying it’s not worth the money and convenience to get the new mobile technology. I just think that people who are trying to cut back on spending right now may want to hold on to their phones for a bit. What do you think?

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