Over the past 6 or so years, I have observed that my mobile phones exhibit progressive signs of pre-mature death as the conclusion of the 2 year contract with the carrier reaches its expiration. This time around, the this observation has been more poignant than in previous years because my wife and I have the same phone model. We are now within a few months of the expiration of our 2 year contract. Interestingly both of our phones have started crashing for no apparent reason about two months ago.
Before I go on, consider the following history of this contract term. About a year into my contract, my phone encountered issues and I had it replaced under the warranty program. My new phone from all outward appearance is in very good condition. My wife's phone being a year older than mine bares a few more scars of normal wear and tear. But both were working without significant incident only months ago.
About two months ago, our phones would periodically crash and reboot showing the Palm logo and progress bar at the bottom. Of the 15-20 reboots of my phone, I haven't seen any particular correlation except that it occurs before or after having used the phone to make a call. The crash behavior of my wife's phone is similar. Thus far, my wife and I have only had two shared observations related to the state of the phones. First, we have noticed a periodic message on the phone indicating that a software update had been applied by the carrier during the evening. Second, the crash frequency has seemed to increase slightly over time.
Interestingly, the phones of my previous two contract life cycles have shared a common fate. The phones seemed to near death shortly before the expiration of their respective 2 year contracts.
If I didn't know any better, this observation almost seems to imply a "Planned obsolescence" of their mobile phones in concert with the contract duration. Surely no carrier would do such a thing. Or would they?
I suppose we, the lowly subscribers will never know the truth. Feel free to let me know if this is a shared observation from your own personal experience.