5 Smartphone Myths Busted: It’s Time to Upgrade Your Cellphone

There are a lot of commonly held misconceptions about Smartphones that could make you hesitant to get a new device.  Keeping up with the latest releases can be exhausting. With so many styles and brands, it can be hard to know which one is right for you.

Myth 1: They’re Too Expensive

While cost may keep some people from upgrading their cellphone, it’s possible to get a new Smartphone without breaking the bank.

There are a broad range of prices, data plans and payment options to suit anyone looking to pick up their first Smartphone. In fact, depending on the plan and device, a Smartphone may not cost much more than your current cellphone plan. If you’re cost-conscious, many affordable prepaid plans these days also offer the option to get a Smartphone. Additionally, a certified preowned (CPO) phone is a great way to cut costs without cutting quality. A preowned Smartphone has been fully inspected and is ready for action after purchase.

Myth 2: They’re Too Complicated

Although this concern is rooted in reality, most new Smartphones are intuitive and easy to figure out. With icons that look like the function they represent (telephone icon for making phone calls, or chat bubble icon for messaging) it’s become easier than ever to utilize their features.

Additionally, many service providers offer Smartphone help in-store or online, so you never have to figure out your new phone alone.

Myth 3: They’re Too Fragile

When the first Smartphones first made headlines back in 2007, this was a valid concern. Ten years later, most Smartphones are built for durability – many with shatterproof glass. In fact, some of them can even be submerged into water without any damage.

If you’re still worried, don’t be. In addition to better engineered phones, protective cases are built to ensure that your phone lasts. Check out some of our cases and screen protectors.

Myth 4: They’re Too Distracting

Smartphones, like any other technology, are as distracting as you make them. With the web and social media becoming the easiest way to view and share content, it’s no surprise that many people are always plugged in and looking at their phones. Still, with a little diligence, you won’t find yourself staring at a screen 24/7.

There are even apps, like Moment, that can help you limit the time spent on your phone. If you’re worried about the distraction, set up daily limits for yourself and stick to them. 

Myth 5: They’re Not Safe 

Many Smartphone users are worried about their phone getting hacked. It’s good to be cautious, but it’s possible to minimize the risk of your information being compromised. First, don’t install unnecessary apps, and when you do add a new app, read user reviews to see if it’s had any security issues. Secondly, remember that the more information you share online, the higher your risk. Keep your credit card and banking information stored somewhere other than your Smartphone. Lastly, use strong passwords for services like e-mail.

Read our guide to Smartphone privacy for even more ways to keep your information secure.

With these common misconceptions cleared up, now’s the time to upgrade your cellphone. Check out all U.S. Cellular®’s Smartphones to find the perfect device for you.