Weekend Poll: How often do you upgrade your phone?

Hello everyone, here at Neowin we're hoping that you're enjoying the weekend. Perhaps you have recently picked up one of the new 3rd generation iPad's and are giving it a thorough test run this weekend, or maybe you are gearing up to watch the 2012 F1 season kick off at the Australian Grand Prix; whatever you are doing, have some fun.

Meanwhile, take a short moment of your time to vote in our weekend poll! This weekend we're asking you how often you replace your mobile phone: do you usually wait out a contract's 24 months, or you do take longer to upgrade to a new device? Perhaps you don't go by your contract, or buy devices off a contract and so upgrade yearly or more frequently than that.

Either way, let us know in the poll below, and as usual you can also voice your opinion in the comments section below.

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How often do you upgrade your mobile phone?

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i make it a rule to skip at least one generation if i like the product family. just to keep the experience as refreshing as possible.

I use to upgrade phones once or twice a year! Expensive as heck! Since I upgraded to the HTC HD7, I have seen no other phones that have interested me, until the Nokia Lumia 900 showed up. Still I'm struggling whether to upgrade to it. it seems though I might not have a choice. Can't wait for Apollo. Then there's the HTC titan II. Just don't know which is the better choice.

I've always stayed out of contracts since prepaid (unlimited talk/text for $40/month) can't be beat. My current phone, a Samsung Galaxy S2 (international) was on AT&T, it would cost me about $120/month plus taxes for the same I have now for $60. I am using the AT&T network so I get the same coverage now anyways.

So for phones, I switch whenever I want to. These are all the phones I've had in a 2-3yr period (not in order):

Motorola Cliq XT
HTC MyTouch 3G
Nexus One
HTC Aria
HTC Desire HD
iPhone 4
Samsung Galaxy S2

And in 2012, I am sure there'll be a new phone that comes out that I'll want again.

got off the contract plans with T-Mobile and been buying my phones new and unlocked for a few years now. Much cheaper and usually end up with a better phone that will last a few years

I checked when ever I feel like it, which isn't very often!

Kind of stupid, IMO, to upgrade when the one I have works perfectly fine. It's a phone and that's basically all I need. I'm not one to play keep up with the Jones' just because........

Once in about 5-6 years. No shame in admitting that. Unlike US market, handsets are really expensive and don't come free or cheap with a service contract.

I refuse to "tie" myself to contracts so I buy all my phones free. My current phone has been going for around a year.

Yearly to every 2 years.
Before it was every 2 years but since I changed contracts then I upgraded after a year of getting my Desire. I don't see myself upgrading for another couple of years now though.

No set amount of time really, iPhone 1st gen to Nokia was about two years, Nokia to htc desire a year, htc desire to galaxy s2 18 months (paid an etf for a 24-month contract). Had that now for 5 months.

I have been upgrading my phone every six months for about the last 5 years. Fortunately all of my company phones are with the same provider and as soon as an upgrade is out I just ask for one and they never say no.

Less often than every 2 years. In fact, I've had only three phones whatsoever, and there was a time between them without one at all. What a bliss in heaven that was, I might add.

in Russia we can always buy any phone without contract, so it doesn't hold back from uprgades. but the more time goes on I change phone less frequently. if my crappy WM devices lasted for about 3-4 years, then I don't see changing my 1 year old Omnia 7 anytime soon for another 5 years lol. because now I don't have any troubles or regrets with my phone.

24 months, it used to be 18 months but the contacts have been extended and we seem to lose out. I lost my loyalty once the 18 month norm ended, I now go for the best deal as long as the network is decent. It used to be a simple upgrade when the company called you, now its a hunt for a deal and loyalty means nothing (finally I feel the same as the network provider).

I don't do it that often, but when I do, I usually get my new phone off craig's list or ebay. That way I can stay out of a contract....

Now where is smooth when you need him.

On average (since 2000) I have kept my phones for between 2-3 years. Basically once my contracts expire I go shopping around

Marius F said,
I think most of us are stuck about two years on contract so ... you get the point

I can actually renew my contract every 20 months.
(It's a 24 months contract)

I will use this this year, after that, I'll stick to fall every 2 years, as that is probably Apple's permanent roadmap now.
(Got my iPhone 4 in February, so that's why I'll use it this time)

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

I can actually renew my contract every 20 months.
(It's a 24 months contract)
Same, Verizon lets me do it every 18 months.

Marius F said,
I think most of us are stuck about two years on contract so ... you get the point

Totally opposite here.
I am Pay as you go user. With call cost in Mumbai as low as $0.005 per minute, who needs expensive contracts? Hence it makes sense to buy phone at its full price every 2 years (or whenever finances permit) and have greater savings in the long run.

sanke1 said,

Totally opposite here.
I am Pay as you go user. With call cost in Mumbai as low as $0.005 per minute, who needs expensive contracts? Hence it makes sense to buy phone at its full price every 2 years (or whenever finances permit) and have greater savings in the long run.

Indeed. Pay as you go with good plans are great. Currently I left them going to a monthly fee of 10$ for unlimited voicecalls, mms, sms, 3g video chat and 100mb to use on social networks. Oh, NO contract. Can quit and change networks when I feel like it.

sanke1 said,

Totally opposite here.
I am Pay as you go user. With call cost in Mumbai as low as $0.005 per minute, who needs expensive contracts? Hence it makes sense to buy phone at its full price every 2 years (or whenever finances permit) and have greater savings in the long run.

Similar here, bought the phone myself and after 16 months it payed for itself over contract rates. Plus I get free tethering and the option to move provider anytime I like. It will nearly always be cheaper to buy yourself than rely on the telcos credit.

.Rik said,

Indeed. Pay as you go with good plans are great. Currently I left them going to a monthly fee of 10$ for unlimited voicecalls, mms, sms, 3g video chat and 100mb to use on social networks. Oh, NO contract. Can quit and change networks when I feel like it.

+1 I love pay as you go. Here in Ireland with a €20 top up I get UNLIMITED data, free weekend calls, unlimited messaging and tethering all with on contract. It's really great being able to upgrade your phone whenever you want without having to worry about contract lengths etc...

Ruairi! said,

+1 I love pay as you go. Here in Ireland with a €20 top up I get UNLIMITED data, free weekend calls, unlimited messaging and tethering all with on contract. It's really great being able to upgrade your phone whenever you want without having to worry about contract lengths etc...

About the freedom part:
You know... you could just have a contract without adding a phone on top and buying that one separately.

Just saying...

Of cause I'm not debating your actual PAYG plan, just saying that you can have the phone flexibility easily with a contract.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

I can actually renew my contract every 20 months.
(It's a 24 months contract)

Same here probably about 16 months...