How often do you tend to replace your phone? If you’re upgrading every other year, you’re almost certainly throwing money away. Of course, sometimes that’s unavoidable, since phones wear out — especially the . But what if you had a phone that was guaranteed to last for four years, and you could get any repair for a flat fee of just $39? That’s the Teracube, a phone that wants you to use it for at least four years. Right now you can get the from ZDNet Academy. That’s $80 off the usual price (and you can think of it as about $67 a year if you keep the phone for a full four years).
The Teracube was a Kickstarter intended to create a more sustainable phone, and while the hardware itself isn’t quite as ethically sourced and sustainable as originally intended, the phone is earth-friendly, since it comes with a full four-year warranty. All factory defects are covered and if you need to ship it out, Teracube pays for two-way shipping. If you break the phone, no worries: All repairs are a flat $39. That includes replacing the battery if it starts to tire after a few years of use.
Speaking of the battery, it’s all-day-capable at 3,400 mAh. The phone is built around a MediaTek P60 octa-core processor and has 128GB of storage. It runs on Android 9. The 6.2-inch screen (with 2,280×1,080-pixel resolution) is made from Gorilla Glass, and you get dual 12- and 5-megapixel cameras in the back and an 8-megapixel camera in front. Oh — it also has a headphone jack.
If you’re looking for a phone that you can hang onto through the next presidential election cycle knowing that worst case, you can repair a shattered screen or fading battery for about the price of a decent dinner, the Teracube has your back.