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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 2019-06-28, 09:45 AM
 
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Before unlocked phones became law, I bought a phone from Koodo and paid to unlock it to use it on Telus. The unlock worked fine but the phone would always show the Koodo logo when booting up.

Not a big deal and that situation may not exist any longer.

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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 2019-06-28, 10:29 AM
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Its not just cellphone manufacturers but other electronics devices too are starting to have a small lifespan of only 2-3 years at most. But lets stick to the cellphones to keep this on topic. Knowing the phone will be obsolete within roughly 2 years, no software updates, no security patches, etc. poor battery life, etc. why on earth would someone still drop $1500 on a brand new iphone (or even non iphone) to get the latest and greatest gadget? that's not a smart investment. you will never move ahead in life by doing such. Why? cus I have a friend who does this very same thing and always complains he has no money. He spends well OVER a grand on a phone outright, does not even get 2 years of use from it, and the phone gets damaged or broken or lost, and he is back at square 1 again looking to buy another expensive cellphone to replace that one. come to think about it, he probably spent up to 10 grand on cellphones in his life, does this look normal to you? someone who just got married and is struggling to find money for a downpayment on his new house, but for some reason cant understand why he does not have 10 grand kicking around? I tell him the 10 grand he needs is sitting in the junk drawer full of phones he bought which is now worthless pile of e-waste. he got mad at me at first but then realized I was right and made a drastic change in his life.
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 2019-07-01, 10:22 AM
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Your friend seems like he was spending beyond his means (you seem to know an awful lot of people with poor judgement!) but there are many people who do have the disposable income and who choose to buy flagship phones as a luxury in their lives. If you're spending 5+ hours per day on your phone (and lots of people are for professional reasons) then having a device which is consistently fast, powerful, and secure is valuable. Or maybe you just make lots of money and like to have shiny toys.

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