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Why You Need to Keep Your Phone Updated

By Mint Fox

Originally published July 7, 2020


Last Updated August 18, 2023

Keeping your phone up to date is a thing.

Technology moves quickly nowadays, and what was new 12 months ago is now outdated. Unfortunately, that can include your phone. When cell phones entered our lives they were built to call someone, and in most cases only in emergencies. Now we use them as an extra appendage, and can’t live without them.

So how do you know when you need to upgrade your phone? Put simply, you are unable to perform the basic tasks you need from your extra appendage, aka phone — things like emailing, making phone calls, or downloading apps.

Here are some of the reasons why you should think about updating your phone.

1. Your operating system doesn’t work

Both Apple and Android are constantly updating their software. Apple calls its software iOS and Android names theirs after a different dessert (Google it). Newer phones come compatible for the upgrade so you can take advantage of the latest software versions, tested and developed with modern conveniences. While this new software is great for most, older phones will become incompatible with the current operating systems and will slowly start to lose their core functionalities.

2. Your apps aren’t working

Same as your operating system, you need a phone that is compatible with app upgrades. If you have a newer phone, you don’t have to worry about whether your phone will support it or not. With an outdated phone, you may run into trouble updating an app on your phone or downloading a new one. That’s when you know it’s time for a new phone.

3. Your phone is…..slow

This is one of the most unthought-of aspects when you think about getting a new phone, versus keeping your old phone. Without getting too technical, your phone should run on a quad-core processor instead of dual-core. Performance will just be better.

If you have a slow and underpowered processor then your phone is going to be slow. It will be bogged down by opening apps, constant connections and extended use. Trust us, this will just lead to frustration.

If your phone is not a quad-core processor then it might be time for a new phone.

4. It can’t use the latest cellular technology

There are a bunch of phones out there that are only optimized for 3G. Meanwhile, the telecom industry is consistently replacing outdated cellular technology with new, more advanced options. Over the past several years wireless companies have progressed from 3G to 4G to 4G LTE. And now 5G is primed to be the new norm.

This means older phones that don’t support these new updates and technology will suddenly become obsolete. We’re talking frustrating connection issues and poor performance — not the experience you want.

But even though cellular technology seems to be evolving faster than ever, you can easily stay ahead of it by simply updating your phone. Switching to a phone that has at least 4G/4G LTE capability will ensure better coverage, faster data speeds, higher quality calls and more.

Want to get that outdated phone out? You can start by checking out some of our compatible (and low priced) phones right here: 

In with the new.  

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