Tips for Upgrading Your Phone Every Year

I don’t like encountering a situation where a new phone has come out but I am just a few months tied into a contract that I cannot abandon meaning I may not get the upgrade. Upgrading your phone offers you many benefits. You may be able to gain access to new improved features, speed, and other specs. However, sometimes, you don’t have to be a slave for the carriers. You can upgrade your phone without having to spend a lot of money. Here are tips to help you upgrade your smartphone.

Back up your data and make it portable
Upgrading a phone may make you lose your data. You will need to update your data and store it in a portable device or format. You ought to ensure it is in a format that can be taken to any other device. Whether it is music, movie, or other form of data, make sure you back it up. You may use iCloud for iOS devices or Titanium Backup for Android devices. A recent backup becomes more easier to move it to a new device.

Buy out of packet
While it may come as a surprise to you, when you are upgrading your phone, you want to buy at full price and leave out the discounts and plans that tie you to the carrier. You therefore won’t enjoy the subsidies, replacement plans, and expensive warranties. It will cost you heavily on your first phone because you won’t acquire it based on the carrier contract price but have to pay the full price. This means that you can upgrade the phone anytime you wish and don’t have to wait for the two-year contract period signed with the carrier. In most cases, you end up paying a lot more when you enter into carrier plans.

Maintain the phone in good condition
Keeping the packaging and manuals clean and allowing the device to remain in good condition will help when you want to upgrade. If you keep the phone in good condition, you may be able to sell it at an attractive price. You may sell it in marketplaces such as Gazelle or Glyde.

When you follow these tips, you will be able to enjoy upgrades of different devices and test various platforms as you wish. You also cut back on the cost of upgrading your device.  Remember that, while you may want to keep the phone for long, its resale value may decrease over time.