How old is your cellphone?

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How old is your cellphone?

Post by MortgageOnBlack » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:13 pm

Currently running an iPhone 6 (purchased December 2014) With software support ending on it shortly, I’m starting to get the itch to pull the trigger on a new device, but I would hate to do so because my device is still working.

Do other bogleheads push their devices past their software support? Any concerns about security? What old phone do you have?

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Post by greg24 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:16 pm

I have an iPhone 6 that I plan to use until it dies.

I also have a Windows 7 machine at home.

No concerns about security.
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Post by cusetownusa » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:20 pm

I have an Iphone 6s (4 years old)...I plan on keeping it for one more year when the Iphone 12(?) comes out.

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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:21 pm

5s. Software support? Whenever an ios update comes in, I reject it. I don't need bloatware or battery throttling. Only upgraded from the 4s (last year) to this used 5s because of an email system change at work that the 4s couldn't support.
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Post by bloom2708 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:23 pm

A friend has a (blue) iPhone 5C. The 5C wasn't a good phone when new.

It can't receive software updates and he showed me that it doesn't receive app updates anymore. They start and just return to "Update" status in the store. I think he was out of space to update. I told him "it was time" to put that 5C to rest. It had a good life.

I usually am 3-4 versions behind, but I got tired of that. I have an iPhone XS Max (64gb model). Face ID is awesome. The battery goes 2+ days. No other device do I have with me at almost all times. Not even my wallet (thanks Apple Pay).

There are banners for having the oldest/crappiest phones. It doesn't get you much other than an old/crappy phone and a musty pile of cash. :wink: :o :D
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Re: How old is your cellphone?

Post by mmcmonster » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:23 pm

MortgageOnBlack wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:13 pm
Do other bogleheads push their devices past their software support? Any concerns about security? What old phone do you have?
I certainly have an iPad 1 that I still use to browse the internet and play Sudoku on. I'm not concerned about security on the device, even though it's on the local network and (theoretically) it can hold a virus that infects other computers on my home wireless network.

Phones I would not keep going after it no longer gets security updates. Not because they're old. Because we tend to run our lives on our phones, including banking and finance apps, as well as stored passwords for various websites and my contact list.

All it takes is one malicious website to manage to get something installed on my phone through a vulnerability which was patched in a more recent version of the OS.

From that standpoint, a new phone is cheap. :beer

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Post by ThankYouJack » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:23 pm

I had an iPhone 6 and bought a Xs last year. No regrets as I'm enjoying the upgraded speed, battery life, face detection, camera, full screen, etc. Will probably keep this one for 4-5 years.

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Post by core4portfolio » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:24 pm

Bought on 2014 December. I will hold it as long as it works.
My battery health is 85% and so i havent used the $29 battery program.
Its now $48 for new battery replacement but not going to change anything.

I continue to use my phone as long as it works fine. Also I like iphone 6 as I can operate/reach all areas in one hand
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Post by LiterallyIronic » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:25 pm

Current phone is one year old. LG K30. I am scheduled to use it until 2024. Previous phones:

Samsung T309: 2006-2012 (software support? I don't think that was a thing)
LG MyTouch Q: 2012-2018 (ran Android 2.3.6, never updated)
LG K30: 2018-Present

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Post by theplayer11 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:26 pm

Iphone 6S..would never spend more than a few hundred on a new phone..think that's insane

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Post by JAZZISCOOL » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:29 pm

I've had my iPhone 6 since Nov. 2014. I replaced it a few months ago due to a cracked screen (refurbished iPhone 6 through insurance claim.) It's working fine so far except for voice mail sometimes but I think that is a Verizon issue since I had that with the previous device. Battery isn't great but I use a lot of apps.

I did see Apple just announced a "cheaper" iPhone 11 for $699 and the XR model stays at $599.

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Post by TierArtz » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:35 pm

4 years. Ours are 6s+ iPhones. One (mine) had a battery replacement, but both are working great. My eldest is in 8th grade and thinks he's the only kid in the school of 1200 without a phone. Maybe I'll by me an 11 Pro+ and give him a 6s+.

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Post by WhiteMaxima » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:36 pm

A rose gold pocket size iPhone SE. It can stand on 4 edges and still have a earphone jack.

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Post by megabad » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:38 pm

I got an 8 when the iphone x came out so however old that is. I should have gotten a 7. 2 versions back is the sweet spot between service life and upfront cost I think. I was seeing about 15% price drop one model year back and 30% 2 years back so i would have saved a bundle.

Since I occasionally do things on my phone (some banking/brokerage) that require some security protection, I generally dump a phone when OS updates stop. I repurpose some of my old phones as video cameras or dash cams though so not a total loss.

I dumped my iphone 4s in 2016 when they zonked it from updates. Got almost 5 years out of that one like you. Unfortunately, it is my belief that the support cycles will shrink as Apple sales drop but I hope I am wrong. Still better than android though so I suppose I am grateful for that.

Side note: I can usually judge an "old phone" person by the type of case they have.

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Post by OrderAndChaos » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:39 pm

My iPhone SE is about 3.5 years old. I hope to keep it long enough for Apple to realize there's still a market for a phone that fits in your pocket.

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Post by HomeStretch » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:42 pm

I plan to replace my four-year old iPhone 6S after new iPhone release in fall 2020. I won’t keep the phone after software security updates are no longer available.

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Post by fareastwarriors » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:43 pm

I have an iPhone X from about 1 and half ago. I'm ready for 11. Got the cash so why not.

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Post by DetroitRick » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:47 pm

Nexus 6p from Feb. 2016. Running Android 8.1. I'm surprised that I'm still so happy with it, but I am. I planned on 3 to 4 year life, and now expect to replace late 2019 to mid 2020, unless I get operating issues first. Frankly, it still runs well, really well, across a wide variety of apps. Better than wife's newer LG. Yes, eventually I will worry about security and obsolescence (last update was past December), but not yet and probably not over its remaining life.

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Post by bac » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:48 pm

I got my Pixel XL in December 2016, and it's still going strong (I did manage to crack the screen a few months back, but it's not too obvious). I upgraded to Android 10 this week. The only thing I really yearn for in a new phone is wireless charging, which my previous phone had.

I'd like to hit the three-year mark with this phone, but I could spring for a Pixel 3 or 3XL if I get a good deal on one after the next generation comes out. I like the Pixels because of the relative lack of bloatware.

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Post by runner3081 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:49 pm

Me - Moto G6, bought refurb last month
Wife - Moto G4 from 2016 (though she just ditched her Moto E from 2014)

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Post by LiterallyIronic » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:52 pm

megabad wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:38 pm
Side note: I can usually judge an "old phone" person by the type of case they have.
What can you tell about us few who don't put their phone in a case?

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Post by SchruteB&B » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:53 pm

OrderAndChaos wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:39 pm
My iPhone SE is about 3.5 years old. I hope to keep it long enough for Apple to realize there's still a market for a phone that fits in your pocket.
Same. Every time I read rumors of an SE2 my heart is filled with hope!!

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:55 pm

I currently am using an iPhone 6s, and I'm pretty happy with it, it fits in my shirt pocket (even with its Otter Box Defender outer cover) and does everything I need it to do. My larger concern right now is that DW is using a Samsung Galaxy J3/2016, for which Samsung has announced discontinuance of security updates. I'm trying to talk her into scrapping that phone and buying a newer one (either Apple or Android), for continued software support if nothing else.

I've never been one that desired to get a new phone each time a new model came out. If what I have works and does the job, I keep it unless there's a reason not to. At the point my 6s is no longer supported by iOS updates, I'll probably bite the bullet and go for the biggest upgrade I can reasonably afford, then keep that one until it's no longer supported. Rinse and repeat.
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Post by tomd37 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:57 pm

My flip-phone is at least 16 years old and I do not have any intentions to replace it with this new stuff out now. Still works fine and meets my needs. :wink:
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Post by prairieman » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:59 pm

iPhone 6/ 4 years. I want to up-grade but just haven’t found the time to do it. As I age I prefer to remain at least somewhat current with technology and so will not keep items for which no new software is being written.

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Post by longleaf » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:00 pm

fareastwarriors wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:43 pm
I have an iPhone X from about 1 and half ago. I'm ready for 11. Got the cash so why not.
I’m in the same position as you, and my X has issues such as dimming the display and slowing down when it’s hot outside. I suspect this is intentional.
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Post by megabad » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:02 pm

LiterallyIronic wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:52 pm
megabad wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:38 pm
Side note: I can usually judge an "old phone" person by the type of case they have.
What can you tell about us few who don't put their phone in a case?
One or all of the following:
1) they have loads of money
2) they have phone insurance (see loads of money above)
3) they don't plan on keeping phone long
4) they are vain

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Post by jebmke » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:02 pm

my LG4 is about 5 years old, as best I can recall. The camera doesn't work anymore but I didn't use it much anyway. Thinking about switching to iPhone XR one of these days.
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Post by FrugalInvestor » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:06 pm

I look for great deals on mid-level phones. Both I and my wife currently have Moto X4s that we purchased about 1-1/2 years ago from Fi for $125 each with a $125 service credit ($62.50 net ea.). They've been great phones and due to the outlay I have no problem retiring them whenever another great deal shows up. There's no rush, they're fully supported and working just fine.
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Post by abner kravitz » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:06 pm

I just got an Iphone 6s to replace a lost 5s. It is not an improvement, in fact it is worse, for me at least. The battery life is not as good, and I find it difficult to turn off the phone without screwing with the volume. I also liked the size of the 5 better. I would have bought another 5, but they were not selling them.

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Post by fareastwarriors » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:09 pm

longleaf wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:00 pm
fareastwarriors wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:43 pm
I have an iPhone X from about 1 and half ago. I'm ready for 11. Got the cash so why not.
I’m in the same position as you, and my X has issues such as dimming the display and slowing down when it’s hot outside. I suspect this is intentional.
Oh really? That's too bad. Haven't notice much difference in mine. I use it for hours and hours a day (lots of Netflix and gaming). I guess I got lucky.

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Post by Conch55 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:09 pm

iPhone 6s purchased about 4 years ago. I replaced the battery for $29 when Apple offered the deal. I hope to get another couple of years out of it.

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Post by anonenigma » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:10 pm

8 Plus will be 2 yo in February.

Got it when I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile 55+. 2 for 1 deal (actually a little less - $700 rebate) was too much to resist.

No plans to upgrade for now.

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Post by Dottie57 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:18 pm

Iphone 7 here. 3 yrs old and going strong. The new cameras on the new iphone are very enticing. Wait till next year I guess.

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Post by khh » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:23 pm

T-Mobile flip phone over 15 years old. The sim card in that phone came from a mid-90s Nokia.

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Post by RickBoglehead » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:47 pm

We try to go 4 years between phones. Bought Moto Droid Turbo 2's because they had a 2 year "renewal", where we would get rebuilt phones with new batteries for "free", i.e. included with the original price. Of course Motorola discontinued the phone before then, so we were forced to take brand new Moto Z Force Droids at the 2 year mark. Not the same phones, not delighted.

Those phones are coming up on 2 years, but I had a water accident with mine and had to replace it with a Google Pixel 2XL. I like it much better than the Moto phones, and it updated to Android 10 last week, way ahead of others.

So 2 to 4 years. We find by year 3 battery life is not good.
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Post by Barsoom » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:56 pm

I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which I got when it was the latest model. I exchanged a Galaxy S3 for it.

The current model is the S10, so I have two more versions to go!

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Post by Rdytoretire » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:09 pm

khh wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:23 pm
T-Mobile flip phone over 15 years old. The sim card in that phone came from a mid-90s Nokia.
Ding... Ding... Ding! I think we have a winner. :D

I have a 5 year old Moto X first edition. The phone still works great and I will keep it until the battery needs to be replaced. I like that the phone is smaller than most of the new model phones.
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Post by Winston19 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:11 pm

IPhone 7 - three years old. Will probably replace in a year or so.

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Post by Stinky » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:20 pm

When I retired, I had to buy a phone to replace my company-provided phone. I chose to buy the oldest iPhone model offered at that time - the "7". I don't need any of the most recent features, and really didn't want face recognition.

I plan to keep the "7" until it croaks. Or until I croak. Whichever comes first. :D
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Post by jpelder » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:23 pm

I've got a Google Pixel 3a that I just bought two months ago in July, but I had kept my Pixel 1 for two and a half years before that. I only got rid of the old one because the battery had lost the ability to hold much charge (it would be dead within 1.5 hours of use, or 5 hours of non-use.

I would recommend upgrading when security updates are stopped. Malicious software is an ever-present danger. Maybe consider getting an iPhone 8, now that the 11 has been released and the price has dropped on the 8

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Post by 9liner » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:24 pm

2 year-old iPhone 8. It still works fine but I’m going to upgrade to the 11 for the larger screen real estate. I used to balk at replacing cell phones until I realized just how intertwined it is with my everyday life. People will spend $30,000 on a car they drive one hour per day but gasp at a cell phone purchase. Just today for instance, I used my phone to reserve parking at the airport, provide me the quickest route to the airport, pay for parking, check-in, upgrade and download an electronic boarding pass, pay for coffee in the terminal, and board my flight.

Time spent in $30,000 car = 40 min
Time spent using phone to accomplish multiple tasks: immeasurable

There is nothing that I find more essential to my productivity on a day-to-day basis than my phone. Maybe that’s why I don’t mind spending the dough.

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Post by stimulacra » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:26 pm

I have an iPhone SE acquired in winter of 2016. It was an upgrade from a 5S and I've stuck with it mainly due to it's smaller form factor for pocket or jacket carry.

The new iPhone 11 Pro appeals to me purely on a photographic basis. It's essentially a very high end compact camera.

I would update a device to keep it current within the ecosystem and software support.

Keep the old iPhone 6 as a backup phone, music player, or donate it to a family member or friend.

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Post by alfaspider » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:28 pm

Two year old IphoneX. I was planning on keeping my iphone 6s for a while, but manage to crack the screen right before the X was released and decided to bite the bullet. None of the upgrades thus far (XS or 11 Pro) are sufficiently compelling to get me to upgrade, though the camera upgrades do seem nice. Next year's appears likely to be the one to get with likely 5g, switch to USB-C from lightening, and possible elimination or significant reduction of the screen notch.

I've looked at various android devices from time to time (and have owned android tablets), but I prefer the apple ecosystem and interface.

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Post by MathWizard » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:29 pm

3 phones between my wife and I.
Two iPhones 5s' (tracphone) and
I just got a Pixel3a XL because my Nexus 5x quit.

My wife is thinking about an iPhone 10 XR and was waiting for a price drop after Apple's event yesterday,
but the low end iPhone 11 might be a similar deal, we'll see. She wants to stick with
tracfone, or go to Google Fi. She likes the iPhone 5s, but the screen is getting small for her eyes as she gets older.
My XL has a lot more screen area.

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Post by sf_tech_saver » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:31 pm

Get the latest and greatest iPhone every year. My phone is my life. Well worth it.
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Post by Hector » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:35 pm

The latest iPhone I ever got was when it launched.
Since then I have bought all iPhones when my current phone stops working. I go to Apple store and buy the cheapest iPhone that they are selling. I have not faced software compatibility issue yet.
I have iPhone 5s. I do't remember when I bought it. It's working fine and I don't have plan to replace it right now.
I will see how things go when software support ends and will go from there.
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Post by LiterallyIronic » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:37 pm

9liner wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:24 pm
2 year-old iPhone 8. It still works fine but I’m going to upgrade to the 11 for the larger screen real estate. I used to balk at replacing cell phones until I realized just how intertwined it is with my everyday life. People will spend $30,000 on a car they drive one hour per day but gasp at a cell phone purchase. Just today for instance, I used my phone to reserve parking at the airport, provide me the quickest route to the airport, pay for parking, check-in, upgrade and download an electronic boarding pass, pay for coffee in the terminal, and board my flight.

Time spent in $30,000 car = 40 min
Time spent using phone to accomplish multiple tasks: immeasurable

There is nothing that I find more essential to my productivity on a day-to-day basis than my phone. Maybe that’s why I don’t mind spending the dough.
Guess that's why I'm the opposite. My phone is rarely used. I've yet to download an app for it. I do make a phone call every couple of days and send a few texts per month. Mostly its used to check the time. When I was shopping for a phone, the salesperson was all, "This one has X amount of storage space and Y amount of megapixels on the camera, blah, blah, blah." Don't care, sell me a cheap phone. Going to the airport, the only time my phone would come out of my pocket is to go through the x-ray machine with my wallet and keys.

My desktop computer, on the other hand, is used constantly, and that's why it's cutting edge.

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Like my SE, but...

Post by Bogle7 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:37 pm

OrderAndChaos wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:39 pm
My iPhone SE is about 3.5 years old. I hope to keep it long enough for Apple to realize there's still a market for a phone that fits in your pocket.
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Post by sd323232 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:37 pm

I have note 8, bought on ebay used for $270. Its a great phone.

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