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What’s The Best Time To Buy A Cell Phone In 2018?


How do you determine what’s the best time to buy a cell phone? In this brief blog post, I will give you some useful tips that will help you to answer that question.


Best Time To Buy A Cell Phone


If you want to buy a new cell phone, there is an abundance of choices which makes it difficult to choose the right one. So, there are a few dilemmas that every potential phone buyer faces. If you have ever thought about buying a phone, you know what I am talking about.


  1. What is the best time to buy a cell phone?

  2. Should you buy a cell phone now, or wait for the arrival of a later model?


The main problem is, new models are constantly being released so making the right decision can be tricky. I wrote this blog post to help you solve this dilemma and to give you some tips on how to make the right decision.


Here is a list of things to consider when you’re trying to decide whether or not to upgrade your phone.


New Phones Become Cheaper As They Age


The expensive phones that are currently popular in the market will become cheaper when newer phones are released. This can be a great way to save some money because the arrival of new technology often does not make the old one impractical.


Newer Isn’t Necessarily Better


Some new phones are similar to their predecessors, a few things may have been updated. However, they both provide a very similar user experience.


But the newer phone cost significantly more money. In this case, if you own the predecessor to the newer phone it may not be in your best interest to upgrade.


Sometimes Older Models Are No Longer Supported


This is something you need to consider as well. There are some examples of this happening in the smartphone industry. When Apple released their iPhone 4, they stopped supporting the iPhone 3 and all the prior models. Some cell phone manufacturers also stop supporting the older models.


This probably does not happen very often but you still have to look out for it. Otherwise, you may find yourself stuck with a non-supported phone.


What Are Your Expectations For Your Future Phone?


You must decide what types of features and functionalities that you would like to have on this phone? And how much are you willing to pay for it? If you can answer these two questions honestly it will make the entire process so much easier.


This may be a bit difficult to do because technology is rapidly advancing and no one knows what the future holds. However, you can surely analyze your current needs and make your best guess on the things that you need or don’t need on your phone.


Which Phone Should You Choose?


Finally, explore all the options available. Don’t limit yourself to Android phones only. Although there are some great Android phones on the market, Android is not your only option.


You should keep an open mind and you should also consider iPhones and Windows phones because they all have their strengths and weaknesses.


Final Thoughts


These are some of the things that you should consider before spending your hard earned money on that latest gadget. This line of thinking can be used when purchasing phones, tablets, computers or any type of technical devices you need.


Please read some of my cell phone reviews if you’re having a hard time trying to decide which phone will work best for you.


4 thoughts on “What’s The Best Time To Buy A Cell Phone In 2018?

  1. Marios Tofarides

    Hi, Marvin!

    In my opinion, one should buy a phone every two years. Most mobile operators/carriers have two-year contracts, and manufacturers know that and adjust their production accordingly. In that sense, a previous year’s device can be much cheaper and not much different from the current, more expensive model.
    Many flagship models prices decrease significantly 6 months after the release, so waiting might be worth it, if the price is a significant purchasing factor.

    1. Marvin

      Thanks Marios, you made a few valid points but some people believe two years is too long to hold on to the same phone because they would like to have the absolute best phone on the market with the latest features and functionalities.

  2. Hollie Rose

    I often have this debate between myself! Is it worth waiting for the latest or getting a more economical phone that I can afford and it will be just as good. I need a new phone and i still haven’t decided what to do. One of my biggest pulls to a new phone is that the camera is always better. I work a lot from my phone and a lot of the images I take I put on my social media so a good camera is really a must for me. And a new phone always has a better camera. Hmm….and I’ll probably end up waiting some more!

    1. Marvin

      Thanks for the feedback Hollie, so you spend lots of time working on your phone… Well if you’re happy with the quality of photos that you’re getting from your phone then there’s no need to upgrade. However, if you think some of the newer flagship phones on the market will take significantly better pictures, then it may be time to upgrade.

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