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Typical American family has old cellphones lying around

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Typical American family has old cellphones lying around
Mobile security firm Lookout has just released the results of a study that shows that 62% of American families have at least one old smartphone lying around. 11% of American families have four or more old handsets doing nothing but collecting dust. In case you are interested, if you put all of those handsets end to end, they would reach from San Francisco to the North Pole and back. The average mobile phone owner has $160 worth of old handsets that are retired.

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Why do Americans keep their old mobile phones lying around? Part of the reason might be that people just don't know what to do with their old phones. Perhaps there is a fear that someone would grab the handset from the trash and be able to get personal information from it. Or maybe there is information on the old device that you don't have saved elsewhere.

If you have cellphones in your home that you don't need anymore, you can donate them to Cell Phones for Soldiers, an organization that provides free communications service to active members of the military and veterans. Another solution is Verizon's HopeLine, which donates used handsets to victims of domestic violence.

If you do plan on either donating or trashing an old cellphone, Lookout suggests backing up the data, erasing the phone and removing the SIM card, if applicable.

source: AllThingsD



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posted on 02 Dec 2012, 23:19 1

1. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I personally keep at least one old cell phone lying around since I can only renew every two years and refuse to pay the crazy insurance prices by my carrier.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 01:37 2

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


The article should read, "Typical human family has old cell phones lying around."
I have 5...1 is probably screwed, 1 is locked, 1 needs repairing and 2 are still good.. And they're in no way a junk...i just keep them as a security and yes, as memories too.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 01:57

20. wendygarett (unregistered)


I shouldnt sell mine in the 1st place... Farewell my sweet memories :(

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 23:31

2. cncrim (Posts: 477; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I just have one extra in case the one i'm having fail, and many ask us why do that bc we can.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 23:33

3. Synack (Posts: 663; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


I got at least 4-5 sitting in boxes. Never plan to use them again though, lol.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 23:44 3

4. Johnnokia (Posts: 486; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Nokia N-95, one of the most durable phones.... It was really great multi-media and smart phone.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 23:46

5. MC1123 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i think all people around the world has an old phone with them!

still got my 5110 2 of them, 3310, 3210, a motorola M3588 and c139 and siemens MC60..

due to the fact that i got happy memoriew with them and i treasure them! they are not junk!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 00:01

6. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


got a nokia 1200 and use it for texting.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 00:08

9. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


i had a 3310... i tried have alittle fun before throwing it away so i used a hammer to, uh, hammer it.... i had to buy a new hammer after that lol.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 00:14

11. MC1123 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


my MC60 is still working!! and i use it for texting!!

while my 6630, my father use it!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 00:03 5

7. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


whats the big deal.i think its pretty normal everywhere in the world, i am not in the us and i probably have my nokia n72 and a se k510i lying around my house..somewhere........

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 00:07

8. MC1123 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i keep my old phones in my room! :)

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 00:53 2

14. Johnnokia (Posts: 486; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Seems everyone had Nokia.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 16:18

25. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


hey i still have my old samsung feature phone and my old lg smartphone. I never have had nokia. now i have the samsung gs3

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 00:09

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


I felt regret for trade away my feature phone SE k810i :(

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 01:10 1

15. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


It had great CyberShot Camera

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 00:18

12. Omarc07 (Posts: 238; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Just reading this article and I found my old Sony ericsson c905 brought back good old memories I think ima activate it n use it for a Lil bit .. I still think its an ok phone has 8 mp cybershot camera, 3G , and ffc camera for video calls.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 00:36

13. MC1123 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


of coz it is ok! more than ok! it was compared with the nokia n95 with same sliding and camera phone!

and you mention cybershot... i miss cybershot series by SE!!! i wish them back!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 01:14

16. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


i still have
S.E t303
S.E k850i
Nokia 1600
Nokia 6500s
Nokia 6120c
Nokia n73
nokia n95 (2 pieces)
LG kp105
Samsung D500
Samsung D600

lol

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 01:35

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 1354; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


The reason I'm still keeping my old phones is they have a sentimental value for me since I've been using and have had them for a few years...

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 01:53 2

19. JC557 (Posts: 960; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Funny you should show the BB Storm as I still have one lying around along with the BB Storm 2.

Then there's:

Motorola Droid 1 (looks nice in the collection)
Motorola Droid Bionic (backup smartphone)
Motorola T720 flip phone (first cell phone)
Motorola StarTac (brother's but keeping it for it's historical significance)
Motorola Razr V3m (basic backup phone)
HTC Thunderbolt (programming)
HTC Eris (programming)
Samsung Droid Charge (makes an awesome alarm clock with the dock)
Samsung V205 flip phone (second cell)
Nokia 8890 (keeping it around due to the awesome slider).

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 02:15

21. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Nokia 1100
Samsung e1080
Nokia C2-03

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 03:16

22. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I actually have an old Nokia N95 8GB at home making this article feel oddly specific lol

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 05:58

23. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


i never kept my old phones... i don't like to keep things i don't need. i always sold them or gave them away.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 11:54

24. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


It's best to donate them if it is not being used.

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