Are you considering an option to buy a new smartphone anytime soon? It sure does sound tempting, but, have you asked yourself, do you really need a new phone? If not, it is time to do it now. We need to separate our wishes from our needs. A few years back, some great phones were out there, but they didn’t have the set of features that today’s phones do. So, they didn’t come with a huge price tag. Moreover, carriers offered these with pretty good monthly plans. That way, you could easily jump from an older model to a new one when the contract comes to an end.
The story is different now. There are some really expensive phones available today. Just take iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8 as examples. If you want an unlocked phone, you will have to spend hundreds of dollars. Carriers offer them as well, but you’ll have to sign up for a particular plan, and the usual options are 12, 24, and even 30 months. Of course, not all phones are this expensive. Yes, there are some really affordable ones, but before you spend your money on them, just ask yourself these questions first.
Does my phone work well?
This is the first question you should ask yourself. Are you experiencing some glitches often? Or, your phone works just fine? Even if you do experience some glitches now and then, keep in mind that you can probably fix them on your own. And you can do that with just a few taps, or with a help of some useful apps.
As I’ve said, it’s important to separate our wishes and needs. A smartphone is needed, for sure, but if the one you have now works well, why spend money on a new one? This is especially important if you are tight on a budget. So, before you rush to the store or to your carrier to get one of the latest tech pieces, consider these things.
Do I really need some extra features?
Watching all those ads that show off a new design and features makes you want to buy the phone. We all know that feeling. A fingerprint sensor, an iris scanner, extra camera options, etc. it all sounds cool. But, it’s time to ask yourself do you really need those?
More features, especially new ones – the higher price. I remember the time when fingerprint sensor was one of the reasons I wanted a new phone. So, when my old one broke down, I decided to buy one with it. And imagine this – I don’t even use the sensor now. It all sounds cool and great, but after a while, you will probably find it boring, especially if you are not a tech addict. If your phone has the things you need and actually use, perhaps you don’t have to get a new one. At least, not yet.
How long will I use my new phone?
If you are considering buying a phone worth hundreds of dollars, you must wonder how long you are going to use it. Remember the good old times of Nokia 3310 and similar phones. You buy it, and use it for years. They were sturdy and trendy.
The times have changed. Now you spend $700 or more for a new iPhone or Samsung S8, and the next year, you’ll want a new one. Of course, the new one will have more features, more color options, it will have more of everything.
Even if you are not planning to buy an expensive device, but one of the affordable ones, compare it with your phone. Is it really that better? Will you use it for two or three years? If not, keep that money in your pocket for a little longer.
Is a new model really that better than its predecessor?
This is the next question. You may think it is, but let’s face it, the differences are usually not that huge. Even the design of the phones does not change too much. We have the iPhone as a great example.
Everyone expected iPhone 7 to be completely different than its predecessors. However, once it became available, iPhone fans were left a bit disappointed. Basically the same design, and a few more features. Is it worth switching? Probably not, especially if you have an iPhone 6 or 6s. Another thing you should keep in mind is that the longer you wait, the lower is the price. Being patient sounds good?
Should I save for something else?
Budget is crucial when shopping. Even if you are not on a too-tight budget, ask yourself should you save your money for something else you really need? Or, should you save for some other model?
Put your priorities first. And even if you don’t have some priority shopping now, perhaps you may save the money for some high-end model, something really awesome. Don’t forget one more thing. The phones just keep coming out. Every year, there is an iPhone, high-end Samsung phone, LG, Huawei, HTC, etc. Perhaps it would be smarter to save. When the time comes you may purchase the next best smartphone. Who knows?
If a new phone is not a need but a desire, don’t forget it is just a shopping impulse. We all have it. And these days, when new phones keep coming out all shiny and nice, we simply want to spend the money on them. Before the shopping impulse takes over you, ask yourself these questions. When you provide the answers, the impulse will probably be gone. You’ll be happy for not spending your money, and you’ll figure out that the phone you have now should not be replaced.