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What's the life expectancy of an iphone?


A quick google search has me thinking it's only about 3 years.

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That all depends on how you treat devices. How often you charge as the battery will have a cycle limit roughly. If you drop it(shock damage). All factors come into play here.
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Define life cycle.

If you eliminate all forms of physical damage, then an iPhone can last beyond 4 years (as long as you do not update the iOS).

In this case you are only limited by the amount of new apps you can download and your web browser might be slower for certain internet content.  Otherwise, the phone works without issue.

What do you need the iphone to do?  This will determine the life cycle of the iphone.
Dennis wrote:

Define life cycle.

If you eliminate all forms of physical damage, then an iPhone can last beyond...

Nothing what other colors of Samsung Phones do you have.
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Dennis wrote:

Define life cycle.

If you eliminate all forms of physical damage, then an iPhone can last beyond...

Koodo only offers black devices when it comes to Samsung.
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Dennis wrote:

Define life cycle.

If you eliminate all forms of physical damage, then an iPhone can last beyond...

I only have 1 samsung that I am using and it is black.

What colour of samsung do you have?
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And it depends on what you would consider to be "life expectancy. " it'll generally just keep on working. Updates for iphones usually end around 3 years. The batteries are replaceable easily enough.
I wouldn't be watching videos, but I might use some internet radio unless it uses a lot of data. If it can't be updated after 3 or 4 years, is that something like being stuck with Windows Excel, or something? Would it be much less secure?
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doggoneright wrote:

I wouldn't be watching videos, but I might use some internet radio unless it uses a lot of data. ...

If the internet radio is app based, then as long as you have the app on your phone and the app company does not discontinue service on that app then there should be no real issues.

Issues happen with older phones if they change the app and discontinue the old app and the new app does not work for your iphone version.

I would only recommend to never update your iOS as new versions slows down older iphones to the point of being unusable.  
If you run into issues and you need to restroe your phone, make sure you have a backup sync'd via itunes so you can restore from that older version without being forced to upgrade your iOS
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doggoneright wrote:

I wouldn't be watching videos, but I might use some internet radio unless it uses a lot of data. ...

There's usually a fine line of when to stop updating to still have a usable phone. It's up to you in the end how far you want to go.

Depends on what you consider secure. It should remain secure enough for years to come once updates stop.
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People still use iPhone 4S nowadays but they are very slow. Plus, not a lot of phones have a high life expectancy unfortunately. But iPhone, in my opinion, are the best in that category
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Generally. They last three years before apple stops updating them.. But just because apple stops updating them doesn't mean they aren't usable, I know people who still use the iPhone 4 and love it despite the age of it. It all depends on if you prefer speed over usability as well as battery As it degrades over the life cycle
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A friend was happily using a 3GS until a month ago when she drove over it.
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David wrote:

A friend was happily using a 3GS until a month ago when she drove over it.

I've got a friend with an original iphone that was still working well enough after 8 years.
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David wrote:

A friend was happily using a 3GS until a month ago when she drove over it.

I gave my old iPhone 4 that is 5.5 years old to a relative for Koodo prepaid and it is still working fine on iOS 7.1.2. Original battery.

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