How long will your smartphone last?

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Whether you like it or not, there are a lot of smartphones out there. Like, a lot of smartphones. Fun fact: the number of smartphone users worldwide is supposed to hit the 5 billion mark by 2019. That’s almost 3/4th of the freakin’ world population! and last I checked, 2019 is just 3 years away. That statistic might raise some questions, though.

If there are that many smartphones on this planet, how are they all maintained? and, more importantly, are there any negative impacts to this exponential growth? Well, I’m planning on answering all of those questions. But, one seemingly important effect is undeniable. The lifetime of a typical smartphone is going down. And it’s going down fast.

How many years do you think you can hold onto your current smartphone?

What do you think the typical lifetime of a flagship smartphone is? Well, most of you would probably say 1 year, and you’re right. But, that has remained constant since the days of old. To rephrase the question better, how long do you think you will take to upgrade from your current smartphone? Now, we’re talking!

That number has reduced dramatically over the past few years and that’s really not a good sign. The average time a person would hold onto their smartphone is, wait for it..

18 months. You read that right. Just ...

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