Smartphone technology is so new it can’t be old, right? Wrong!
Smartphone technology has leapfrogged itself already, and every manufacturer is scrambling to add more features. Think about it. The 1st generation iPhone which was released in June 2007. The 5th generation was just released, the iPhone 4S. The 1st gen iPhone had a 2.0 megapixel camera, while the latest version has an 8 megapixel camera and can record video at 1080p levels. Amazing! This is only one change. There are dozens more in the latest version of the iPhone. Needless to say, if you are carrying one of the older units, it may make sense to consider a new one. But what will you do with the older version? Here are some things you could consider…
Convert it to your emergency phone. Based on the 911 FCC mandate, every cell phone has the ability to dial 911, whether it is active on a network, or not. Instead of throwing it in a drawer and forgetting about it, toss it in your glove box (as long as you have a car charger or AC adapter to charge the battery. Keeping it charged makes it a very useful tool.
Use it as your MP3 player. Almost every older phone has MP3 player capabilities, and listening to music or other audio files was a tremendous battery drain. With your older phone, you will not worry as much about battery life, since you no longer count on it to talk on.
Use it as a Wi-Fi device. Did you know you can bypass the carrier and use it to make VOIP (voice over IP) calls with services like Skype or Truphone. Inside the WI-FI cloud, your old phone will act like a phone once again. But, in the meantime, let it connect your other devices to the web.
Use it as a game playing device. Another tremendous battery drainer, but a great source of entertainment. Old phones, even those no longer activated, can still access the APP Store through iTunes, so your game playing can be done on the latest versions.
Use it as an eReader. Although smaller than the Kindle, it has the same basic functionality as the eReader devices. One advantage, they are backlit, so you may be surprised at the ability to function as a reading device.
Use it as a storage device. Believe it or not, I know several people who use their old phones as back-up hard drives. It’s handy and very portable. With some cables and a PC, you are in business.
Did I mention APPS? All your APPS still work, right? Therefore you could conclude that it is still a flashlight, a camera, a video player, and pretty much any other use you had for it before. My kids use the alarm clock feature most mornings. I use the to-do lists and digital notepad features all the time. Since most have pretty amazing processors in them, you could also begin to play with the software side of your device, especially with sites like Handango (dedicated to everything but iPhone). Accessing Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and the other social apps in a WI-FI world is always a good use for an older device. Long live the APPS!
Last, but not least, you may decide none of these uses excites you enough to keep your phone. If not, you can always sell or recycle your old Smartphone. If you decide to go this route, look for someone you know that would love to have one. If no one comes to mind, listing it for sale on Craigslst or some other local site will get you some interested buyers. Seller beware though. Have someone you know who is pretty tech-savvy help you wipe your personal information off the device. If you have nobody like that in your life, visit your local wireless store (preferably the one you purchased the new one from) for assistance.
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