According to a study done in 2011, Americans change phones more often than anyone else in the world. The study found that we’re
upgrading about every 21.7 months, which makes sense, as most phone services are based on two-year contracts.
Because of the two-year contract set up, many Americans, even though they’re trading the most often, are still only upgrading to every other generation of phone. That is, most people who had an iPhone 3GS skipped the iPhone 4, and upgraded once the iPhone 4S was available.
But you might be wondering—if we trade the most, who trades the least?
In Finland, they trade cell phones every 74.5 months, in Brazil it’s 80.8 months and a whopping 93.6 months in India. If you don’t want to do the math, that’s approximately six, six and a half and nearly eight years, respectively.
While you might not still be using the same phone you had eight years ago, it wouldn’t be surprising if that eight-year-old phone (and all the ones that came after it) is still in your home somewhere. Instead of that, trade in your phone each time you trade up. It’s an easy way to get some extra cash to put toward your upgrade.
Americans get the most new phones, which means we also have the most to get rid of—so make sure you’re responsibly disposing of the old ones.
How many phones have you had in your lifetime?