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Anyone here using a smartphone android or apple that is 3 yrs or so out of date? Do you have any concerns about security issues etc?

Just curious how people feel about their phones.
 
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My android phone is over three years old. Many updates have been applied and it's working fine. I don't get the mindset of people that have to pay $1000+ once a year to get the latest and greatest phone.
I got the latest, with the greatest updates yesterday.
pixel 4a 5g for $190 including tax. unlocked. I did trade in my broken down 2 year old pixel 3.. that I paid 800$ for and received $820 in fi credit for purchasing.
ie I didnt have phone bill for 1.5 years.

The pixel 3 was still doing fine except battery life went from poor when it was new to abysmal. and the charging port was getting flaky.
normal trade is was 90-110 but deal yesterday 275$ trade in.

I too would have a hard time dropping $1000 on a phone.. but maybe $500.
and I dont mean one of those carrier subsidized ones where you get locked in for 2 years of big bills for a "free phone".

Phone bill is 3 phones on total wireless for 90$ with 60GB data.

My one coworker who I have worked with since 2008, was using some LG trash 29.99 phone for 3 years because she dropped her S7 and shattered it.
It didnt support VoLTE either.. which is mandatory for straighttalk in jan 2021.

Picked up a 20$ moto e6 for her which was unbelievably better than the trash she had. It got me homecooked leftover lunches for a week at work.
she can cook :love:.

so summary: beyond security updates.. most carriers will be turning off 3G and requiring VoLTE soon.. so if your parents or grandparents have an ancient flip phone or cheapo smartphone from 3+ years ago. you might need to help them migrate to something supported.
 
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Oildudeny

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If it is an older Android phone you can see if there is a lineage OS version for it. That would get you security updates.
I'm going to look into that lineage OS.. my personal phone is the iPhone se 2020 I traded up from the 1st generation se.. however I was thinking about using an lg Phoenix 3 on at&t prepaid for a work phone.
 

Oildudeny

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If it is an older Android phone you can see if there is a lineage OS version for it. That would get you security updates.
Does the lineage install over the stock os? Such as Google play store apps will no longer work.
 

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I do, LG G6 that's a bit over 3 years old. Sprint and LG are awful when it comes to the latest Android update and I don't really worry too much with security issues. I do keep it updated as much as possible and I know not to click on everything that looks cool....unlike some of my users at work.
 
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Anyone here using a smartphone android or apple that is 3 yrs or so out of date? Do you have any concerns about security issues etc?

Just curious how people feel about their phones.
Apple patches old stuff as I have gotten updates on our iPhone 5s.

Android >=3 yrsI would be concerned unless you DIY.
 

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Brother in law is still on his iPhone 5c, mom is on an iPhone 6, sister on an iPhone 6s, son on an iPhone 7+, and I am on an iPhone X, all are 3 years or older, no issues with them for the most part (the 5C is not getting updates and can't run a lot of apps, or at least can't update apps, the 6 is starting to be in the same position).
 
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I still use my Nokia N8 when I'm bored. I've had to replace the battery and screen once. SIM adapters are great :)

It was the coolest phone to tinker with when I had my Nokia N8. Camera performance similar to a point and shoot camera, FM receiver and transmitter, and the few phones to have an RGB (non-pentile) OLED screen. I even had the special factory software restore tool so I could install Symbian Belle without being region locked by the built-in updater.
 
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