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Evolution of the smartphone refresh cycle, planned obsolescence and you

Al Sacco | Nov. 22, 2013
Smartphone makers are releasing more smartphones faster than ever before, and wireless carriers are rolling out new plans to make it affordable to buy new phones more often.'s Al Sacco examines this trend and asks if it's really a good thing for consumers - or just for the companies selling the products and services.

But it's time to take a step back from all the noise. Just because there's a newer model smartphone, or a phone you're more interested in, that's not necessarily a good reason to run out and buy it. In fact, if you accept that you need a new phone every six months or every year, you fuel the fire and maybe even compel smartphone makers to build devices that will break down faster - or at least assume that you'll pay for another one if you "have" to. That's a slippery slope.

The bottom line is that most people don't really need a new phone when they think they do. They won't truly benefit from buying the latest and greatest smartphone, either. But they probably still will - and the time between that new smartphone and the next upgrade will continue to decrease.


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