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10 best things to do with an old smartphone

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10 best things to do with an old smartphone
Chances are that you have an old phone or two collecting dust, forgotten in a drawer somewhere around your house. We all do. Surely this can't be the best way to treat old, unused, and obsolete electronics, can it? Of course not. 

In fact, there are many things one can do with an old handset, especially if it belongs to the smartphone kind. As long as it is functional, the device can be still used or repurposed, and if it doesn't work anymore, recycling it would be the right thing to do. Need more ideas as to what can be done with an old smarthphone? Then flick through the slideshow below!

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posted on 10 May 2013, 04:35 4

1. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


i usually smash it with a sledgehammer or use it as a weapon in case a dog chases me

posted on 10 May 2013, 04:54 10

4. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


:D:D Do you really use it as a weapon ?? Is it Nokia 3310? :D

posted on 10 May 2013, 06:37 6

19. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


No it was a bb curve.. Nokia 3310 is too insane

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:09 4

7. the_s2 (Posts: 204; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Why on earth would you do that? You musty be so rich and spoilt.

PA, do you really recommend option 7? Why dont you just recycle it or give it off to someone who dont have the previlege of owning a smartphone? Everything else except option 7 makes sense to me. Personally, I usually give away my old smartphone to someone in need. Just said what was in my mind, thats it.

posted on 10 May 2013, 06:37 1

18. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


No I'm not rich at all.. I only have one phone

Because it was already broken

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:17

21. TritonForceX (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Hmm, just like Option 2! It's interesting the more common sense ideas are first on the list, and if any of those aren't an option, you can look further down the list. Chill out.

Like they said, YouTube is full of people destroying stuff because...some people think it's funny as hell. Me, I'm 32, and my daughter is 4, and we both think one of the funniest things ever is if you go to YouTube and search for "Harlem Shake Washing Machine."

posted on 10 May 2013, 06:14

16. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


I keep all my phones as a memory of the devices i once used.

posted on 10 May 2013, 04:46 5

2. istitch (Posts: 157; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


or dump it into the water and observe the water leak into the hardware and die

oh wait
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mine's xperia z

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:18

8. Ohrules (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


that is not exactly old, is it?

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:19

9. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


best way recycle your old nokia!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 10 May 2013, 04:50

3. N-fanboy (Posts: 528; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I game all them away.

posted on 10 May 2013, 04:58

5. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Ill will take any old phone you give in any condition as a donation please send me info ill give you mine to send your old phone thanks

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:00 1

6. RohanM (Posts: 119; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


I just keep them with me & let them die whenever they want. I dnt like to murder them ;)

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:23

10. mydi.maus (unregistered)


ohh right now have three in my fish tank using it as ship wreck display..one i smash it and cut in half i call it titanic...:)

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:23 2

11. chemhaz (Posts: 159; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I used an old Samsung Gio as a GPS tracker in my sons bag to make sure he gets to school and home safely usin Life360 works a treat for 2 days on a single charge. Since he discovered it I had to upgrade it to an S2 so he can play games after school.

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:48

12. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


My omnia2 is still functional except that it's touch screen is broken. So instead of having the trouble and spend money on repairing it, I just decided to put it somewhere in my house since I don't need it anymore

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:49

13. papss (unregistered)


Craigslist is where mine go

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:57

14. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


I gave them away :) Im so happy to see the smile on their faces when they receive it :)

posted on 10 May 2013, 06:01 1

15. red_fox (Posts: 41; Member since: 07 May 2013)


option No. 1, 4 and 5 make more sense to me.

posted on 10 May 2013, 06:15 1

17. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No. 7 - The worst choice!

I'd rather give it away instead of killing it!

posted on 10 May 2013, 07:24

20. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 701; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


pic 9 i think its a tree of 3310s

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:19

22. TritonForceX (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


I hooked my Droid X2 up to my stereo full time so I can get Slacker Radio on it while I'm shooting pool. Being the Droid X2 though, it is a prime candidate for a YouTube destruction video!

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:27

23. taikucing (unregistered)


should be in the museum, so that our grand children will know what the phones look like in the past XD

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:45

24. FlushGordon (unregistered)


I still have my iphone 3gs...I dunno it's been sitting there forever in ny closet...I cannot even use it as an mp3 player coz it's only 8 gigs

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:49

25. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 110; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


I use my old phones as dash cams! Never know when something crazy could happen on the road, or it could help you if you're involved in a wreck.

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:49

26. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Home WiFi, Google Voice, and VoIP (I use GrooVe IP) app means my old Droid Eris is now my house phone.

posted on 10 May 2013, 13:51

27. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


desk clock

posted on 11 May 2013, 08:29

28. bnick25 (Posts: 34; Member since: 05 May 2013)


Give it to my brother in law who live in a country where they barley make any money he loves me for it

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 13:47

29. elcer24 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I live in the Republic of Panama where stealing Smartphones is the norm. I have had mine stolen 3 times, and contracts and cheap phones are NOT common like in the US. I vote that we all donate our phones to Panama, flood the market with older smart phones, so that theft is no longer a viable option for income.

Donate to Panama! Stop the crime wave. There are only 3,000,000 residents here. With just 1,000,000 donated phones, the black market would disappear making this a much better country to visit and or live in.

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