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Jim Rossman: Are you getting new phone fever?


Published in Science & Technology News

A question I get asked a lot this time of year is, "Should I upgrade my phone or should I wait?"

With Apple announcing new iPhones recently and Samsung and Google announcing new phones in the last few weeks, it is easy to get "new phone fever," but how do you know whether it's really time to upgrade?

With some new phones costing well over $1,000, it is not a decision to be made without some thought and research.

There are some people who really "need" to have the latest phone, and they trade in last year's model for whatever is new this year. If that sounds like you, please go right ahead and upgrade.

I understand.

If your phone is less two years old or newer (like me), you probably ought to wait.


I have an iPhone XS Max that I bought two years ago. Actually, I'm still paying for it monthly on my cellphone bill. I have five more payments until it's all mine.

I'm going to happily keep using my old iPhone for at least another year.

If your phone is older than two years, you are likely on the fence about whether or not to pull the trigger on a new phone.

You should take a little time to assess your current phone.


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