Not only is it not in their best interest to sell such devices, most folks now tend to upgrade more frequently, hence there not being anything remotely close to what you desire. There may be a rogue brick/flip phone that lasts because you use it very little, and lacks processor/battery intensive features like a smartphone.
One question though- What exactly are you doing to these phones? FWIW, almost anything functioning like a computer is going to perform poorly under high heat. Keep them cool and you will see them last.
It would also help to know which actual handsets you were using, and which carrier(s) (to know the firmware/software, etc.).
I'm frustrated by the lack of long term support in the smartphone industry. I've been burned several times now to the point that I don't even want to shop for a new phone because I know they're all going to be broken and useless in 2 years. I've been loyal to android so far, are the other OSes any better? The industry seems to be obsessed with the 2 year contract and essentially makes disposable phones to match. Surely I'm not the only person asking this question.
The problems I've encountered are instability, app crashes, heat sensitivity (living in Texas), degrading battery life, touchscreen and hardware keyboard glitches, spontaneous reboots, etc.
The basic features that I rely on my phone for have not changed in the past 6+ years (talk, text, calendar & maps). I'd love a phone that will last for 4-5 years. Is there a particular brand or model that will do me right?
Thank in advance.