“A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it’s often just one part which killed it, we throw everything away since it’s almost impossible to repair or upgrade.”
I agree with the principle of this most whole-heartedly. In practice I do actually try to make my ten quid pay-as-you-go efforts last several years (although this current ‘Samsung’ thing is dying and I’ve only had it a couple of years or so. It’s no Nokia, that’s for certain), but I am no fan at all of the “just throw it away and get a new one” philosophy that rules our world.
Phones aren’t the biggest problem, though. The biggest problem comes from those bloody molded-plastic plugs that you can’t change without a soldering iron. I despise them. I do think that they’re the worst invention since the neutron bomb (itself the worst invention since spandex).