Karen and her boyfriend have an “old” smartphone, a Samsung S8. They find it strange that people buy a new phone every year.
I recently took a look at the latest Samsung model. We are now at Samsung S23. With – as they say – a slightly better camera and some new and improved functions. My boyfriend and I still have… Samsung S8. I think I’ve had it for a few years now, but I don’t know exactly how long. Anyway, S8 was launched in 2017. In terms of smartphone, my phone is pretty old. You can’t play Snake on it.
Why do I have such an old thing? He still does. I can use all my favorite apps, I can take beautiful pictures with it, I can use it in the app, and I can make (video) calls with it. Why the hell would I buy a new device? You can’t replace your TV every year, because there’s a new one in store with three new versions Features?
I don’t understand the need for people to keep buying a new model. They say “because they can pick a new one”. But freedom does not exist. You are simply falling for the marketing machine of your smartphone brand. You buy a product for about 1,000 euros each time (that’s what those bitches cost these days!). You don’t realize it, because you’re paying for your device every month with your subscription. But we all know that buying something on credit ultimately costs you more. Your subscription is tens of euros cheaper each month if you keep your old device or if you have a SIM-only subscription.
With a little luck (and a good protective case) your phone will last for years. In the end you will pay much less. How much do I pay per month for my subscription? 13. € This is because I only pay for calling minutes and internet. I have a small internet subscription. I work most of the time at home, and my device is connected to WiFi. I also have a few calling minutes, because who is calling these days? In addition: You can make (video) calls via WhatsApp.
If I needed a new phone, I would never buy the latest model. I always buy the second or third version; It’s a lot cheaper and it’s almost as practical and up-to-date. Do you want to save more? Then get one renovated Copy (technical term for “used”).
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I think it is a financial blow for smartphone brands to launch and advertise a new device every time. This isn’t really necessary. Dear all, has your phone provider ever told you again that you can “pick a new device”? Don’t fall for it (again)!
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