It's all about appearances<br />
And keeping up with the so called Joneses
No idea.. I have never owned a cellphone.. except for 5 months taking over nephews phone for reasons to only be disclosed by him
I have an answering machine
Some people like having the greatest and latest! I'm the opposite but I must say I have found the android to be extremely useful - sometimes you gotta.
i have an addiction to my phone and its not about having the newest and best technology and bragging and showing it off i think its because i get from my phone what i cant get from people. it doesn't talk back, it doesn't ignore me, it doesn't use me it does what i want it to do. and i believe that its a comfort thing and i also have an obssession with cases but i just recently got over that. i don't go out much, i don't drive i don't have very many friends and no one is nice and no one cares anymore For christmas i am trying to get the iphone 5 not for anyone else but for myself.
Fashion. <br />
Peer pressure. <br />
Inability to understand the difference between "need" and "want"<br />
Inability to stand up to advertisers' "offers".<br />
I've encountered a problem with resisting this nonsense; maybe another reason for this very wasteful replacing of perfectly serviceable equipment used for exactly the same purposes. <br />
My Motorola portable (not "mobile" despite the makers' insistence) 'phone I use is about 12 years old - basic, monochrome-display text-&-voice + a few extras, supplied with proper instructions & Orange PAYG a/c. Two years ago its battery - 4 AAA cells in a plastic sleeve - failed. Thinking it unserviceable, I bought a modern equivalent - but found it impossible to learn to use (no instructions supplied).<br />
Eventually I found a mail-order battery supplier who stocks the older Motorola battery for less than I'd have paid rebuilding the set with new cells.<br />
The intended replacement languishes unused in a drawer -I forget where in the house.<br />
Two years ago I bought an Alcatel camera 'phone to exchange pics with friends when none of us had an Internet account, though I could use my computer to transfer files between discrete camera & 'phone. The Alcatel proved impossible for image transmission with T-mobile to which the shop had registered it, and after many, increasingly stupid messages between Alcatel, T-mobile and I, Alcatel finally admitted it doesn't give T-Mobile the settings! I had it re-registered to Orange.<br />
Next I lost the Alcatel, so bought a Nokia replacement. Before I even installed its card I found the mislaid Alcatel, so put the new Nokia away. Somewhere.<br />
Now had 4 phones:<br />
A basic, old-style Motorola - fairly easy to use, <br />
Gallic rubbish (Alcatel) that is extremely difficult to use even for voice calls, un-useable as a camera in daylight (can't see the symbols), & keeps reverting to default settings inc "Predicated Texas" & idiotic "screen calibration". <br />
One, a basic type too hard to use, prob. now past its 6-month PAYG reg. life and mislaid,<br />
A new camera phone I've not registered, probably too difficult & also mislaid.<br />
Finally last night I tried to sort out the Alcatel but merely lost all the service settings so it won't work at all I threw the card away & will discard the instrument as electrical scrap.<br />
So back to my first, simple Motorola. Coat-pocket size. No camera, Azure-dentures, Practically-Taxed, Gotterdammerung ring-tone, Interweb, C++ , Apps (who?) etc etc. Just voice, text, + bits like a clock & rather limited directory.<br />
What have I learnt? Stick to what you need & know. Don't buy a new phone except after irretrievable breakdown. Modern 'phones are extremely hard to use; supplied without instructions - none on-line either, and telecomms & IT on-line or telephone "Help" call-centres don't help anyone.<br />
BUT... as the salesman told me, if you don't replace these 'phones every year or so you don't learn their developments!
I don't know. I have an obsession with trying to keep my old one working. I hate having to learn new technology. lol
For newer technology and for tinkering...
Because we live in a disposable society where everything is thrown away and replaced with a shiny new item whether we need it or not. Just like the government was convinced everybody needed to buy a new HD TV even though the old models worked fine.
Consumerism basically.<br />
But to be fair it's pretty hard to live in the modern world these days without a mobile, just try getting a job without one. Once you have one you basically own a mobile computer. Once you own a computer you have a device that becomes technologically redundant in a little over a year. Software does evolve pretty fast though so new phones are usually better than old phones. Apple has shown this pretty clearly.<br />
My phone cost $20.
We're a consumer society and so much importance is placed on those who have the best and the biggest and the latest. It's really quite shameful that the marker for success is ba<x>sed on wealth and power and privilege.
As others have said, I need one for work and I get a lot of points using it regularly plus with my contract I can use those points to upgrade my phone and the company I have a contract with frequently offer the latest phones with new contracts. Soooo, through no fault of my own I always tend to have the latest model of mobile phone. I think the same is mostly true for most adults, only teens and impressionable youngsters feel a need to always have the latest gadget and the mobile phone is the most visible gadget most of them will ever own.
Mine have had this unfortunate habit of starting to malfunction about 3 to 4 months before the end of the contract (but after the warranty expires), making an upgrade necessary.
Couldnt tell ya. If the day came I could afford to do that.. I will let ya know but in all honesty I have no desire for a filthy cell phone upgrade trading filthy life. Perverts
someone tells them they need to