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Curiosity about smartphone ownership

How many smartphones have you owned?

  • 1

    Votes: 6 9.2%
  • 2

    Votes: 13 20.0%
  • 3

    Votes: 18 27.7%
  • 4

    Votes: 13 20.0%
  • 5+

    Votes: 14 21.5%
  • 10+

    Votes: 1 1.5%

  • Total voters
    65

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Having just had to replace my phone, the question came to my mind... how many of these devices to most of us go through? Thus, the question...

I trust you all to define "smartphone" in a reasonable enough way for my purposes.
 

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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I guessed 10+ but I’m not sure. Way more than 5 though. Used to upgrade every year but it’s more like every other year these days.
 

TwoSix

Unserious gamer
Supporter
4. 3 of my own, 1 from work.

Edit: I got my first one in 2010, so an upgrade about every 3-4 years.
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
I don't buy a new phone unless the old one breaks to the point of being non-operational, so 4. Despite having a PDA in 2002, I didn't get my first smartphone until 2006 when I had to get rid of my dumbphone.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I came to smartphones late, simply because for work I am always at a computer. At home my laptop is just a room or two away. Why would I need the thing?

But then, my old cell phone provider screwed up. My wife and I both had dumbphones, capable of almost nothing, but one month they hit us with a massive data charge. Now, maybe it was an error on their part, maybe it was one of us poking the wrong buttons and doing something that used a bunch of data. Either way, it wasn't intentional use on our part. We asked for them to cancel the charge as a mistake, thinking that our decade and more of being customers would count for something. Ha!

They refused. We asked again more sternly. They still refused.

We checked, and a provider with better coverage would give us smartphones and reasonable data for less per month than our usual phone lines, much less the data charge. So, we switched providers, and I ended up with a smartphone.

Now, of course, my wife's work has changed, and she would find it very hard to operate without the thing.

I'm not quick to pick up new phones - when the battery dies, or there's some technical problem, I eventually get around to getting a new phone.
 

For the longest time I had a cheap and durable Nokia. I dropped that thing so many times and it still kept going. Then I got a cheap Tracfone. Only a few years ago did I get a proper smartphone.

My thinking was that all I needed was to be able to text people and make calls. But I certainly changed my tune after getting an iPhone. For someone with a bad sense of direction, the GPS alone is worth the price of admission.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I work on my iPhone these days when I’m not near my computer. It’s vital to my productivity. Then again, I basically work constantly if I’m not asleep. And if I wake in the night my phone is right there!
 

I'm on my fourth mobile, and first smartphone. I've tended to stick with a handset until it dies, so was very late to the party.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Went back and changed my vote because I've only had 4 personal smartphones (3 additional company smartphones). If I'm not at work, I don't have a company phone turned on. They don't pay me for on-call work, which is strictly defined and enforced.

I only bought my first personal smartphone in 2016. I quickly upgraded to another shortly afterward, selling the original for what I paid for it (US$50.00). I would still be using that second phone now, if Microsoft hadn't dumped Windows Phone. I found it far better/more intuitive than any of the stuff that I had to support at work. It still works great but when applications started to be deprecated, I couldn't really keep going with it. Pity.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I got my first cell phone in the mid/late 1990s. I’m currently on my 7th cell phone, the last 4 of which have been smartphones.

My first was an Android. Next was an iPhone 4. Then an iPhone 6 of some kind. And now I have an iPhone 11.

Obviously, I don’t constantly replace phones often.
 


Zardnaar

Legend
On my third one and 7rh cellphone in 20 years.

Generally I only replace when the old one died such as going for a swim in the toilet RIP my motorola.

Replacing them every year seems really wasteful and not good for the environment.

Mostly Samsungs currently using a huawei as it was a gift.
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
4 (I think) - but one was a free replacement for a phone that stopped working, and I think one was for one I lost (unless that was a flip). Went for a long time with a flip phone, but try to keep them for years.

Samsung Stardust (or 2?) from Net10/Tracfone
and now
Nokia 7.1 (first was garbage, replacement has been fine)
 
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payn

Explorer
I just got my first cell phone, smart or otherwise. For years I've simply used VOIP for phone purposes. As long as I got WI-FI I can make calls. Though, now I am single again and you pretty much need them for dating. Also, its very handy to hail an Uber/Lyft as I live in the city (though not doing that much due to covid19). I still only use my VOIP service so its not truly a smartphone I guess if I dont have a wi-fi to hop on.

Funny story about 20 years ago I was in college. I had an apartment and bills were super tight. I tried to get my family to email me instead of calling. They thought I was nuts, "Email? I just want to call you!" Now when I call them they think i'm crazy for not email/texting, "Why did you call me? Just send a text!"
 


Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Every 4-5 years I replace. But basically I've been on-call for work for decades, and it's absolutely affect me psychologically about using it. It started with a pager, then two-way text pager, then a blackberry, then a mobile, etc. So long before smart phones were a thing, I was trained that the mobile device was a leech, and when I wasn't on call I would not carry it because people would try to reach me for help anyway because I was that guy who could fix it.

So I never got used to playing games, or full time social media, or any of that. Even now I have no social media on my phone, I think one game (co-written by a friend who's a "Consulting Mathematician" like Sherlock is a "Consulting Detective"), and texts and backup kindle are my biggest uses.

My current phone is the first time I've replaced my phone without it dying, got it earlier this year. But my $120-in-2014 unlocked phone was just getting too pokey even for me, and I wanted a better camera.
 


Orius

Adventurer
Stupid internet's been acting up all night. I reported the double post because I didn't see a way to delete it.
 


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