Is it always smart to upgrade to a new phone?

There are so many new smartphones in the market that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of all of them. Some offer much faster operating systems, some better cameras and some better screen. Your old phone is also very slow and needs a few time charging a day in order to function, so isn’t this the right time to upgrade? The answer is a bit more complicated than a simple yes or no.

When you want to upgrade your phone in Canada, you only have 3 options:

Pay for the phone upfront: this is the most expensive option and may cost you easily over 1K 

Get a plan: Pay a small amount up front & a rather expensive monthly plan 

Lease the phone: Pay nothing upfront and have an average monthly plan but return the phone after the end of your contract

With that in mind, should you or should you not get a new phone?

Argument in favor of upgrading:

Having a new phone makes you more efficient and saves you plenty of time, in particular when your old phone is slow. If your phone is at least 4 years old, the camera doesn’t work and it crashes once in a while, then perhaps it is time for a change. Maybe you are a tech savvy individual and you like what the new phone offers, or maybe you cannot run work application on the phone you currently own, whatever the reason, make sure you read the fine print when you decide to get a new phone, especially when you go with a service provider with a monthly plan. 

Arguments against upgrading:

Your phone is really fine if the answers to these questions are No:

  • Does your phone need a few charges a day in order to stay on?
  • Do you have a cracked screen and can hardly see the content on your phone?
  • Does your phone have difficulty making a simple call?
  • Is your phone refusing to do what you ask of it at any given time?

Now, if the answer is no, the chances are your current phone is good enough for all your needs. You may, however, want a new phone simply for the look and feel of it. If that’s the case, then you may want to upgrade but remember that new phones can be very costly.

If necessity is the only consideration and you answered no to all our questions, then stay with your old phone and save up!

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