Burners are starting to make the switch to the more powerful, battery-powered cell phones as the technology improves, but not everyone is thrilled.
One person who says he’s moved over to the phones is Ryan Denny.
“I had my phone for a few years,” Denny said.
“I just had to do something about it.
You know, it was so expensive, so much work.”
He’s not alone.
An industry-wide trend is to turn away from the cell phone because of the battery life issues.
A new study found that nearly half of those surveyed say they are moving to battery-operated phones.
Some companies are working on new battery technology, but they aren’t ready to go the battery route just yet.
“There’s no reason that the battery can’t take a beating,” said Scott Fisk, a battery researcher at University of Michigan.
“It’s just a different design, so it needs to be designed better,” he said.
The best battery that is currently on the market, the lithium ion, can last about six to eight years.
And if you use it for long enough, you can replace it.
“You can replace the battery, you just need to know where you are with it,” Fisk said.
But even though the industry is still waiting for a solid battery replacement, many people are not sure how to make that transition.
“My first instinct is to go and get a new phone,” said Ryan Dickson, who lives in the Ottawa area.
“My phone has been in the house for a while and I’ve been using it a lot.”
The cost of a new cell phone can run as high as $300.
For many people, that’s not an option.
But many are still moving over to cheaper alternatives.
“They’re just trying to get more money out of the system,” Dickson said.
A cell phone battery is the smallest part of the smartphone, but it can be a costly investment.
“It’s not something that’s going to last forever,” said Fisk.
Fisk said most people would probably want to replace their cell phone every few years, but many are choosing to wait.
“When you have a replacement cell phone, you’re paying off your debt,” he explained.
“And you don’t want to go over to a phone that’s never going to be usable.”
He also said many people would like to see companies replace the batteries as soon as possible.
“If you have to buy a new one every year, then you’re going to have a lot of problems,” Fisks said.
“The problem with the batteries is that they’re very expensive.”
The good news is that a cell phones battery is relatively inexpensive compared to the replacement cost of phones.
The bad news is the replacement price of a cell is still high.
“The average replacement for the average smartphone is $10 to $15,” Fiss said.
So even if you decide to move over to one of the newer phones, it’s still not cheap.
And with prices escalating, many will probably still decide to use their cell phones.