I love my Windows Phone, but will eventually need to replace it. Do you think anyone will ever manufacture these again? I am not keen on Android, I wouldn’t mind an iPhone but could not afford one (well, possibly a secondhand iPhone 5), but have been advised against getting an older iPhone generally. Any suggestions would be lovely – Julie, Cheshire
Unfortunately, it looks as though Microsoft has given up on its Windows Phone. The company struggled to compete with the dominance of Apple and Samsung, as have many other rivals, and has more or less stopped manufacturing its own devices, though it’s been very unclear about this and it’s no wonder you’re a bit confused.
If you’re dedicated to having a Windows Phone above an Android or iPhone, British phone maker Wileyfox announced last month it is continuing to make its Wileyfox Pro handset, which runs Windows 10. It currently costs £79.99 from the company’s website, and while not the most sophisticated phone, could keep you going for another couple of years.
Alternatively, you could track down your prefered past Windows Phones on Amazon or eBay. Eventually, support for the phones will cease entirely, and unless Microsoft stages a miraculous comeback you’ll be forced to migrate to other brands.
Physically, Sony’s angular devices look quite similar to older Windows Phones but runs a version of Android, and the Xperia L2 is basic but affordable at £149. The Motorola Moto C and Moto C Plus are also cheap options at £75.00 and £89.95 respectively, though they won’t run terribly quickly.
Otherwise, it could be worth checking if Apple is selling refurbished iPhones through its website, which are significantly cheaper than brand new ones.
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