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Forget the iPhone 11 Pro Max or Samsung Galaxy S20: I Can’t Dump My iPhone 8 Plus Just Yet.

Harry J. Kazianis

Technology,

This old phone just works for me--and here's why. 

Sure, it seems like every moment there is another crazy rumor of a new smartphone that will change the world, change how you interact with the internet and take pictures, fold or do something that is otherwise revolutionary. But do we ever stop to ask if we ever really need that new smartphone?

Apple, Samsung and the rest of the smartphone manufacturers certainly want you to believe so. As in the case of Apple, while they might be a profit powerhouse, if you don’t buy that new iPhone from them, you can watch that great narrative of being a Wall Street darling and tech innovator go up in smoke—most of their revenue still comes from iPhone sales, even a decade-plus after the first version was launched.

However, being the pragmatist I am, I still have not upgraded from what is surely now considered an old iPhone 8 Plus I bought two years ago from AT&T. The phone itself has been dropped a zillion times, traveled overseas and around the world more times than I can count, been reformatted at least twice and seen a new battery installed. And yet, I can’t see myself getting rid of it. Here, at least in my opinion, are the reasons why I can’t get rid of it just yet.

1. Cost: Man, those new iPhones like the iPhone 11 Pro Max are expensive!

For example, on my AT&T plan, I would have to pay $36.67 a month for 36 months and pay an additional $5.00 a month if I want to “get the option to upgrade early by trading in your device after you pay off half the retail price.”

Then, I have to pay another $30.00 one time fee just to make the swap. Oh, and $66.00 in sales tax. Yikes! And for what?

2. What Do I Gain? Ok, so after putting out all those dollars what am I actually gaining? A faster processor? Better picture quality? Better battery life? Is any of that worth it? Are today’s new iPhones, at least for me, worth the additional costs?

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