Random Question: What's the longest/shortest you've ever kept a cell phone?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by helloimryan9, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. helloimryan9 macrumors newbie


    Feb 5, 2014
    Upstate NY
    I saw an article on PhoneDog this morning asking "How often do you upgrade?" (link here: http://www.phonedog.com/2014/02/07/how-often-do-you-upgrade/)
    So I was just curious to see how long others waited. :) Here's mine...

    I had a Samsung Strive on AT&T from August 2010 to September 2012.
    1 week in July 2010 (or maybe even less...lol) with a T-Mobile/Motorola Sidekick Slide on AT&T. The reason I kept it for such a short time is that since it was being used on AT&T, it couldn't access T-Mo's servers where every Sidekick owner's data was stored. Anytime the battery ran down (which was pretty often), my texts, pictures, contacts, etc., had disappeared. I got fed up with it and got the Samsung.
  2. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I think I had a Palm Centro on ReadyMobilePCS for about three months before switching to a different phone and carrier. I actually liked the phone, but the carrier was just too awful.
  3. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    Random Question: What's the longest/shortest you've ever kept a cell phone?

    Ever since the first iPhone came out I've upgraded at least once a year. Before that I would use a phone until it wasn't useable anymore. Now I usually keep an iPhone and an Android phone. So each year I upgrade to the next iPhone and I'll use most high end Android phones at least for a little while.
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    4s from launch day skipped the 5 and got the 5s in January this year!

    Shortest was my original iPhone. Got it launch day and was upgraded for free when the 3G came out.
  5. Shanghaichica macrumors G3


    Apr 8, 2013
    Longest: iPhone 4 - 23 months
    Shortest: iPhone 5S- 28 days
  6. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    I still have an original 2G iPhone from September 2007, unlocked with a T-Mobile sim but it's used only when we have visitors from overseas.

    I personally still use my iPhone 4 from June 2010 every day. It'll go to my 12 yo daughter when I upgrade in the next year or two.

    My wife used a flip Samsung phone for about five years before we upgraded her to a iPhone 4 in early 2011, but only because the battery wasn't lasting a full day and we couldn't find a replacement.

    I've never kept a phone for less than three years.
  7. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    2 years longest for iPhone 4, SGS3 on its way now.

    Shortest 1 year. Samsung Omnia HD.
  8. gotluck, Feb 8, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2014

    gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Longest iPhone 4 2&1/2 yrs

    Probably tied with the old razor flip phone

    Blackberry curve 8310 2 yrs
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    The longest I've kept one has been around 18-20 months, while the shortest would be around 12 months.
  10. maxwelltech macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2011
    Irvine, CA, USA
    Longest: Nokia N73 (December 2009 - April 2011)
    Shortest: iPhone 4S (June 2012 - May 2013)
  11. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Longest - iPhone 2G from 2007 to 2010.

    Shortest - Samsung SGH-T349 from January 2010 to June 2010.
  12. flybub macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2011
    Longest: iPhone 4 and HTC Incredible (Roughly 22 months going back and forth between the two).
    Shortest: HTC Rezound (3 weeks)
  13. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Longest? Probably my Samsung SGH-D357 flip phone(it had PTT which was cool at the time) or maybe my Sony/Ericsson w810i. I owned each of those for about 3 years. I don't remember what happened to the Samsung, but I still have the Sony/Ericsson somewhere in my desk.

    As for the shortest, that'd probably be my HTC One. I owned it for about 6 months before I dropped it and destroyed the screen.
  14. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2006
    Columbia, SC
    2.5 to 3+ years each. My 4S is 2.25 years & waiting on the iPhone 6...maybe. :)
  15. appledes7 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2011
    Longest - iPhone 3GS, 2 years
    Shortest - Moto X, 1 week
  16. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
  17. zepman macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2010
    Longest: Sony Ericsson W810i (feb 2007 - oct 2011)
    Shortest: Some other Sony Ericsson I had before that. (~1.5 yrs)

    Now: iPhone 4S (oct 2011 - ???)
  18. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I used this for a couple of years before passing it on to my wife. It's a Samsung D600 and it's my wife's everyday phone. The one she had before that was a Nokia 3310. She likes that it's worthless so nobody would ever try to take it from her. It's from around 2005.

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  19. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    Longest: Motorola KRZR for two and a half years

    Shortest: Blackberry Bold 9900 for 3-4 weeks, traded an iPhone 4 for it but it was so bad that I had to get rid of it so I traded up to a 4s.
  20. khha4113 macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2013
    Samsung Eternity. I used for more than 3 years before finally decided get a smartphone.
    The shortest was LG Thrill 4G for about 5 months, then I traded for Samsung SG2 Skyrocket.
  21. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    Shortest: Dunno, a lot of cheapo phones didn't last me a week

    Longest: Blackberry 7920 - 2005-2010 + 3 months in 2012

    Thing was built like a tank, survived several 5 foot drops onto concrete. I'd still be using it if it'd take T-Mobile's sim cards.
  22. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Longest "smartphone" I kept was the iPhone 4 for 3+ years from June 2010 - Aug 2013. Eventually I had to sell it as I was in financial problems at the time.

    Shortest is probably a BlackBerry Bold 9000 as I sold it the very next day after I bought it.

    My current longest tenure phone is actually my Sony Ericsson T616. It just sits there with the Cingular sim still in there. That is over 10 years old now from Jan 2004. My longest current smartphone I have right now is my Nexus One. Got it cheap in Oct 2011 and works as a solid backup to the bigger HTC One.
  23. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I change up my smartphones twice a year.

    Shortest I kept a phone was around 3 months for the Xperia Z because that was a POS.

    I've had my Xperia SP for 9 months and will be changing that soon because it's old. Got my Moto G in November and plan to hold on to that for a while yet.
  24. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    I typically keep my cellphone until the battery quits properly charging so by that time the phone has 0 value and I upgrade.
  25. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Longest: iPhone 3G from Nov. 2008 until August 2010, I would've kept it even longer but the iPhone 4 blew me away.

    Shortest: HTC One S, May 2012-Oct. 2012. Got fed up with the battery life so I sold it and got an iPhone 4S despite it only being capable of EDGE speeds on T-Mobile at the time.

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