itp.net spot poll - how long have you had your mobile phone?

We asked visitors to itp.net to complete a spot poll on how long they have had their current mobile phone

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By  Mark Sutton Published  July 2, 2008

We asked visitors to itp.net to complete a spot poll on how long they have had their current mobile phone - here's what you told us:

No great surprises that almost exactly half of respondents have had their phones for less than a year, and a quarter for less than six months. Likewise, just 16% of respondents have kept hold of the same phone for more than two years, which would seem to be about the outer edge for serviceable life for many handsets these days.

Of course, there is a good proportion of mobiles that get lost, stolen, left in taxis, dropped down the toilet and so on, but one quarter of us changing our handsets every six months is a hell of a lot of handsets going into landfills.

And aside from the Nokia Communicator junkies, who always used to have at least two handsets so that one could get serviced while the other one was in use, does anyone ever get a mobile fixed if it goes wrong? Or even replace the battery?


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