10 Suggestions on what to do with your old phone
It happens every 6 months to a year, a new smartphone is released – and, you must have it. You anticipate, you wait and finally you become the owner of the latest-and-greatest device on the market. So, what do you do with your old phone? With the recent release of Apple’s iPhone5, many smartphone users have asked themselves the same question. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Donate it
Many non-profits recycle gently used phones for domestic violence victims for emergencies or for soldiers to call home. You can easily search the internet to find an organization near you accepting phones or, donate it to one of these reuse and recycle phone programs: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8818.html.
2. Trade it in
Video game retailers often offer cash or store credit for gently used smartphones. Take it to a local store and see if your phone is eligible for a trade in.
3. Sell it
Post your phone on eBay, Craigslist or other personal selling websites for the opportunity to earn a little extra cash.
4. Give it to your kids
Teach young kids how to use the device in emergencies. Have a teenager? A hand-me-down device makes for a good first phone. Or, you can download educational games for kids of all ages to play.
5. New Alarm clock
For the heavy sleepers who need an extra budge to get out of bed in the morning, use your old phone as a second alarm clock. Place it somewhere different than your other alarm, we recommend somewhere far away.
6. New mp3/iPod
Save space on your new phone by using your old phone as an iPod or MP3 player. You can even purchase a speaker dock to play and listen to music.
7. Use it as a camera
Take as many pictures as the phone can hold then transfer them to the computer. Viola! You have a new camera with plenty of storage space.
8. Tiny tablet
With a Wi-Fi connection, you can use most smartphones for almost anything. Keep it charged and ready to use as a tiny tablet when your new smartphone is low on battery.
9. Convert a friend
If you know someone who hasn’t taken the smartphone plunge but is interested, give them your old phone to use and test out. If they like it, great – a provider can transfer the phone over. If not, then nothing is lost.
10. Keep it as a back up
Your new phone could break, have a defect or you could lose it! Keep your old phone as a back-up to use in case the unthinkable happens.
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