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What phone should I get? Why buying last year’s flagship is the smarter choice

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Asking yourself, “what phone should I get?” You’ve come to the right place. This article will help you make the smarter buying choice when you’re in the market for an upgrade.

Imagine you’re shopping for a new car. When you arrive at the dealership, you’ll see the shiny new 2020 models, as well as the 2019 models being offered at a fairly compelling price. You decide to testdrive one of each, and while the 2020 might have a few more bells and whistles, a lot of things are pretty much the same. Things like the engine, the safety features, and the fit, finish and feel haven’t really changed after only a year. After thinking it over, you’ll probably end up signing a contract for the 2019 model.

If you’re looking for a new smartphone, you should apply the same kind of thought process as you would when buying a car.

What is a flagship phone?

A flagship phone is the latest and greatest from a brand. It’s the last phone they released and it’s often the phone that costs the most. Many brands and manufacturers release new and improved smartphone models every year, replacing last year’s flagship phone.

Here’s the part those brands don’t want you to consider: for all their improvements, the latest and greatest phones aren’t that much more spectacular than their predecessors from one or two years prior. If you look at flagships from the last few years, you’ll see affordable smartphones with impressive specs.

Here are a few reasons why buying last year’s flagship is the best choice for your next smartphone purchase.

Patience is a virtue… that makes fiscal sense: wait to upgrade phone

Should I upgrade my phone now or wait? It’s true that today’s flagship smartphone models — iPhone XR, Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy Note9 — are amazing phones. They have slick marketing campaigns and lots of exciting new features to draw in consumers.

However, they’ll still be amazing phones in a couple years, when the latest, greatest new versions are released. What’s more, they’ll likely be tens or hundreds of dollars cheaper than their price right now.

The cost of a smartphone soon after release is typically inflated to help pay for that slick marketing campaign and to take advantage of massive consumer demand. You should seriously look at last year’s flagship model, or even go a couple years back, instead of paying the company extra to have it market the phone to you.

It’s not ancient history: older phones still pack a punch

The best affordable smartphone isn’t the latest or flashiest option. Affordable smartphones can be years old now. Why? Because the technology has gotten better. There’s not that much noticeable difference between iPhone Xs and an iPhone X, and iPhone 7 is still a solid option for Apple users.

With the rapid turnover in consumer technology, it’s easy to feel like you’re always behind the curve. Just six months after you buy that hot new gadget or flagship phone, a newer version comes out, slightly thinner and with features that you didn’t even know you wanted.

However, even if there’s a newer model, last year’s flagship phones are still great choices. They’ve come down in price because there’s a hotter option on the market, but they work just as well and have almost as many features. In addition, you’ll still receive all of the latest updates, so you won’t be falling behind.

It’s tried and tested: why buying old phones makes sense

Older phones have one big advantage over the newer models: They’ve been battle-tested by thousands of consumers. Once a phone has been out for a year, you can read reviews by media outlets and users that are more objective and divorced from all the hype. After all, you don’t want to get caught up in the excitement and buy a model that ultimately flops, like the Amazon Fire Phone.

What’s more, new tech releases often come with bugs and problems that you might not have expected. It may take months for updates to roll out to fix issues with things like the display and battery. You won’t have to deal with any of the day-one defects or vulnerabilities, like the iPhone 4’s Antennagate or your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire.

What phone should I get?

So, you’ve come to your senses and decided to buy an older flagship model.

The Ting Shop is the best resource to find phones that work on Ting, but it’s not the only place to get a Ting-compatible phone. Any phone that works with either Sprint or T-Mobile networks can work on Ting (our compatibility checker will confirm that for you), so there’s a wide variety of options out there.

What’s in store?

What’s in store?

In the Ting shop you’ll find everything from good ol’ flip phones to the latest iPhone and Android phones.

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