E.T., Phone Hope
June 6, 2012 10:37 AM Subscribe
Advise me on how to navigate my smartphone issues with the smallest out-of-pocket expense possible.
posted by erstwhile to Technology (6 answers total)
Current Phone: HTC EVO 4G
Contract: out of contract and up for renewal with new phone subsidy available
Difficulty: I am on my third EVO 4G, both previously having been replaced for similar issues (crashing when using data-based apps such as Facebook, web browser, YouTube, only to restart with a drained battery). This current phone is starting to do the same thing as my last two and is only 3 months old, though it's likely a refurb. I am gentle with my phones and always have a protective case, and have never dropped them from any damage-inducing height. I've decided that the issues I've been experiencing are due to a faulty product moreso than something I'm doing wrong. Regardless, phone needs to go because it's silly and frustrating paying for a data plan that I can't use lest I make my phone go into a boot cycle. So, it's time to replace...four months sooner than I wanted to. I was hoping this latest replacement phone would last until the iPhone 5 release date, upon which I anticipated using my contract renewal subsidy.
I know that October is just a speculative date for the new iPhone and there is some immediacy in my needs. Despite that, I would prefer not to use my contract renewal until the the iPhone 5 is at least announced so I can determine if the wait is realistic. I can get my phone replaced again, but I'm likely stuck with another phone that will not work properly. I can also use my contract renewal but then I face paying $550+ for an iPhone 5 when it comes out. I know these options.
Is there anything in between that is an obvious easy solution that's not going to drain my wallet? Has anyone faced a similar situation and have advise on how to navigate this without getting locked into something you don't really want?