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10 Things To Consider Before Buying A New Phone

Generally, cell phone owners just instinctively know when it is time to replace their devices. However, you can observe some signs that will prompt you to make the decision when the time is right. Maybe a new gadget captures your attention, or your old phone starts to exhibit persistent issues. Maybe your existing two-year contract is about to expire. Take note of a few signs that will demonstrate that itโ€™s time to replace your cell phone.

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1. Persistent Issues

You can perform a hard reset, also known as a factory data reset, to restore most smartphones to factory default software and settings. In most cases, a reset will restore the device to full functionality if you have had problems with black screens or apps unexpectedly crashing. However, if you find that you must perform a hard reset on a regular basis, for instance, weekly ย just to keep your device operational, itโ€™s likely time to trade in the device for a new model.

2. Battery Will Not Hold Charge.

The job of replacing the battery is generally performed by a professional technician, if at all, on these phones. However, the batteries installed in these devices are designed to last at least one year with regular use, and possibly much longer. If your smartphone uses a permanent battery, you should probably weigh the cost of a new phone against the cost of a professional battery replacement.

3. Your Friends Laugh At Your Phone.

If you flip out your Motorola Razr from 2008 at a dinner party, and the table breaks into uproarious laughter, you know it is time to replace your phone. In fact, if you flip your phone to answer a call at all, regardless of the make and model, you really need a new phone. Though the old flip phones were an impressive device in their day, these relics should be permanently retired. Get a new phone ASAP

4. Expiring Contract

Most providers offer specially priced phones, and even free devices, to entice you to sign another contract with their service. Replacing your device every two years is still a good idea. Even if the phone functions well, the hardware and operating system are antiquated by the time the phone is two years old.

5. Does your phone work?

This might seem like a no-brainer, but does the phone you carry right now work? Can it make calls? Does it do whatever else you need it to do? Yes? Then what do you need a new phone for? Unless your contract is up or the phone you carry is completely useless, you should think long and hard about why youโ€™re replacing it.

6. Can You Get A Discount?

Some companies work out discounts with particular carriers. Make sure to check with your company to see if any such discounts exist. Carriers will often ask where you work as well, but if they donโ€™t, make sure to see if you are eligible for a corporate discount.

7. Is The Phone User Friendly?

You can read a ton of reviews before deciding which phone sounds right for you. But nothing quite compares to the actual experience of using the phone, if only for 10 minutes. Make your way to the nearest retailer that has the phone you want and spend a little time with it.

8. Can You Return Your Phone?

Someย networks offer a two-week grace period in which you can return a phone and back out of contract all you have to pay is for the portion of the month youโ€™ve already used. If you buy a new phone you decide you just canโ€™t live with, then donโ€™t!

9. Have You Chosen A Network?

Most people stick with the same networkย when they buy a new phone, which is fine as long as youโ€™re happy with the price and quality of the service youโ€™re getting. But if youโ€™re looking to make a switch, itโ€™s important to take some time to figure out which networkย will work best for you

10. Do You Even Need A New Phone?

Look, youโ€™re ย an adult, so no matter how many times you type โ€œShould I buy a new smartphoneโ€ into Google, youโ€™re never going to just get back a single, validating result that simply says yes. Google doesnโ€™t know if you need a new phone. Only you know that. And you should be able to make that decision on your own.

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