Poll Reveals Mixed Results About Android Smartphone Replacement Cycle

For the longest time, smartphone manufacturers have been talking about a two year replacement cycle for phones, and this is the sort of thing that has been criticized since it would be very convenient for the manufacturers since it would drive sales. Some people have suggested a longer replacement cycle, and recent economic downturns have also resulted in quite a few people deciding to hold onto their phones for longer periods of time despite the lower quality that phones tend to provide on a regular basis.

A recent poll conducted by Android Police has revealed mixed results on the whole affair. Twenty percent of respondents said that they had purchased a new Android phone in the last six months, but another twenty percent said that they had owned their current phone for three or more years. This latter statistic does seem to indicate that people are holding on to their phones for a longer period of time, perhaps because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing them to save quite a bit of money in the long run.

However, when you consider the fact that 10% of respondents said that they had owned their phone for two and a half to three years, it does appear that at least one third of people tend to want to avoid replacing their phones within that two year replacement cycle that was previously being discussed. It is not exactly necessary to get a new phone every year, but it is definitely the sort of thing that phone companies want you to think but in spite of the fact that this is the case many users are deciding to be more practical about their finances which is understandable given the current economic climate that pretty much everyone is suffering from.

H/T: AP.

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