Good phones are now a dime a dozen. Alright, maybe not as cheap as a dime – iPhones and Samsungs are currently retailing at more or less $1000 each, after all – but there are definitely a whole lot of them going around these days.
Almost nobody in this world needs to get their phone replaced every few months or so, and it’s highly likely that you don’t either. If you’re planning to keep your phone instead of replacing it, here are a few tips from Consumer Reports that are worth noting.
- Keep your phone updated. Keeping your phone updated protects it against potential threats and viruses that could attack it. Not only does it help you maintain your phone’s security, it also makes your phone more optimized, which can help speed it up if it’s sluggish.
- Swap the battery. Sometimes the battery can cause your phone unnecessary harm too, especially if it’s already bloated. If your phone can’t seem to hold its charge for long, perhaps it’s time to change the battery. A new one usually costs less than $100, which is a lot lower than if you have to replace the entire device.
- Replace the screen. Screens are another thing that you can easily replace on your phone. If your old phone’s screen is scratched or broken, you can have it replaced for less than $150.
If you really have to part with your old phone though, there are other ways you can save money on a new one. You can look at older phone models, or perhaps refurbished models. If you want the latest phones but can’t afford the latest iPhone or Samsung, you can also turn your eyes to other brands such as Sony, Huawei, Xiaomi, and LG, among others.
See, old or new, there’s no need to spend a fortune on your phone!