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The Average Price Per Month for My Smartphones so Far (2019-10 edition)

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Update 2020-11-12: This article holds the numbers for 2020-11

A few facts on the history of my Android smartphones so far are summarized in the following table (neglecting inflation):

Smartphone From Cost Years €/Month Notes
HTC Magic [2009-12-04 Fri] 230 1.5 13.00 2nd hand price
HTC Desire [2011-05-26 Thu] 410 2.4 14.01
Nexus 5 [2013-11-01 Fri] 399 3.8 8.67
OnePlus 5 [2017-09-01 Fri] 200 2.1 7.77 company co-funded
[2019-10-24 Thu] If I'd replace it today

Out of curiosity, I played with the numbers.

On average, I was using a smartphone for thirty months which represent 2½ years. In total, I have invested 1239 Euros in my smartphones and I've used them for 3610 days (119 months or 9.9 years). Overall, this means that I had to pay 10.44 Euros per month of smartphone usage. Just for the hardware.

A new top-of-the-range smartphone for 750€ (like the new Pixel 4) needs to be used for 71 months which means six years in order to keep the average price per month at the same level.

This is unrealisic in my opinion. I guess that modern smartphones do have a tendency to be replaced in less than 2½ years on average. Certainly less than six years. Therefore, the price per smartphone per month is going to rise for me, when I'd buy an up-to-date high-end device.

In order to keep these numbers to a sane level, I may be looking for used top-model devices, eight to twelve months old - in case there is a good market for these devices. Or my future employer co-funds a new smartphone I may use for business as well as private purpose.


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