By Pa. Joe, 16 November, 2016 Forum Hardware and Accessories Howdy, do any of you think it's a good idea to renew the iPhone each year?? I am almost ready to purchase my first phone. thanks Options Log in or register to post comments Comments Depending on which carrier Depending on which carrier you purchase your first iPhone from, you can get a two year contract and have a data plan. Try going to Fido, Rogers or AT&T and find out which carrier is right for you. If you think you are not going to be using any data at all, you can get a no data plan for a cheaper price. There are also other phone carriers like T-Mobile and Bell. Hope this helps and good luck! Hi, Hi, The major carriers in the US, Ie, Verizon, sprint, etc did away with 2 year contracts sometime last year. I personally think it's a good idea if you can afford to splurge a little on your iPhones. I plan on getting the 7 plus sometime in december and will probably have it for a year. I have the 6S plus now. It's one of those "you can upgrade whenever you want to" kind of things now. I personally don't know if they are still offering 2 year contracts. I heard that they did away with them all together. Not worth it I'm going to have to say it's most likely not worth upgrading your phone every single year. Let me outline a few reasons. First, the usual price of iPhones starts at $650. If I'm going to pay that kind of money for a smart phone, I expect it to last me a solid few years. Since the major carriers have done away with contracts, you're looking at paying that cost over time unless you can pay up front. Remember that these devices are pocket computers. I'd like to get my money's worth out of them. If you upgraded every single year, you'd be paying that ridiculous price over and over and over. Second, you have to think about the new phone. Does it do something that justifies that big price tag? For me, the answer has been absolutely not for the last three years. I still have the iPhone 5S I got back in November of 2013. It's still running beautifully on iOS 10. I'm expecting it to get support for at least one or two more iOS versions. I've watch as the iPhone 6, 6S and now the 7 have all come out. None of them really impressed me. I also considered the iPhone SE, but since my 5S still works perfectly, I thought it better to save my money. I may consider the iPhone 8 if the feature set is compelling enough. In closing, I'll just say to consider your use case. Do you really need the shiny new iPhone 7 if you've got an iPhone 6S or 6? Does it do something you absolutely can't miss out on? Are you willing to pay Apple's high prices for their smart phones each and every year? iPhone 12 Month Renewal If money is no object then go ahead. Otherwise, I would say definitely not considering the exorbitant prices of these smartphones. I recently bought an iPhone 6S due to the 4S lagging and will only upgrade when it becomes necessary. My iPhone renewal experiences Exactly my view! I came from a 4S, and had my eye set on an iPhone SE, but here in Mexico the SE is kind ofexpensive at $9000 without plan and $8000 with plan (around$430 and $386 RESPECTIVELY), VERSUS the 5S with which tomorrow I'll have 2 weeks with, which with the two-year plan with Telcel was at $4800 Mexican (aprox $230) and without plan Telcel was asking $6000 mexican ($290 US), thus what did I go with, the 5S with plan! I thought OK after two years the phones generally start having problems with the Home button, sometimes with the batteries, thus what's the rush of getting the most current model (the SE I longed for) if after two years you'll start having problems with the before-mentioned features? The 5S will have one or two more updates to go, lasting until minimum the summer of 2018 with the latest version of iOS11! and also take into account that here in Mexico, the only Apple Store is in <Mexico City, thus how much would it cost to have the SE repaired? I'm excited I'm not the only one with shall we calllcall "weird" ideas of having older models, as opposed to those who always buy the latest! Agree With Chris Wright I have been using the iPhone since iPhone 4. I have seen change with regard to feature sets and think that Chris has it right. this is an investment and if you want to get the most out of the investment, buy the very best that you can afford and then use it at least through a minimum of two more iPhone releases, if not even three releases. Consider carefully concerning the memory of the phone, too. For me, I use a great deal of memory so I always purchase the highest level available, which is now a wopping 256 GB. Since this is your first phone, you may not have a feel for your memory useage. In this case, go big and that way you wohn't be crowded in the future and be tempted to upgrade too soon.Honestly, even if money weren't an issue, I still prefer to use my device as long as possible and let Apple continue to work on the cool new feature sets and make the upgrade that much more rewarding. Then, I will put more cash on the table. Enjoy your new toy, no matter which way you go. It has certainly opened up my world.