6 cool things you can do with an old smartphone instead of getting rid of it

6 cool things you can do with an old smartphone instead of getting rid of it
Smartphones, being a fairly new sector in tech and still evolving on, one could say, a monthly basis, can sure become obsolete fast. A device that was top-notch last year is "adequate" this year, "usable" a year after, and "long due for upgrade" on the next. That's just how the cookie crumbles when it comes to new tech, we guess, as the same was true for PCs back in the '90s, when they were slowly becoming the mass-produced consumer item that they are now. Computers made great strides year over year until they reached the point when you can purchase one with the peace of mind that, given you've made the right choice, it will last you around 5 years easy, maybe more, with some proper maintenance.

So, with every upgrade cycle for our handsets, we could often end up with a 2- or 3-year old device (or a few, if you happen to do the shopping for the family) that could sometimes be so scuffed that attempting to resell it for peanuts may just not be worth the effort. Other choices include throwing it away for recycling, which is a great idea with the rate factories are churning out smartphones nowadays, or sticking it in a drawer to keep it as a backup, or until we can find a use for it.

Well, if you fall in the latter group and happen to have an old iPhone or Android smartphone or two laying around, you may find one of the following uses a good idea.

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21 Comments

1. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Perfect for GS6 and Note4

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I could use you as a pet locator lol

4. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Oh please, your pet is smarter than him.

15. srgonu

Posts: 549; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

This guy has some serious mental issues

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The funny thing about the first one is that people still be the IPhone 4S. Sometimes over the 5C.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I know not everyone is in to development, but installing a custom ROM can bring new life in an Android device. It's not that hard to do it either.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Totally agree, you can get pretty good mods, custom kernels and removed bloat with 95% of them. I used Omega on my S4 and phone was flying.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hey Ordinary, I was looking at Omega the other day. I've been trying Hyperdrive on my newly acquired (for $70!) T-Mobile GS4, but GPS is borked and won't stop draining the battery. So I'm looking for something different. I want to stick with a TouchWIz ROM so I can keep using Milk Music and some other Samsung features. Does Omega use a stock kernel, or is it custom? If not, do you know of one? Because I'd really like a DT2W/S2W option, since I'm so used to it with my Nexus 4 and OnePlus One. I'm usually the one to say "RTFM", but I've only had this phone for a week or so, and there's 2 years of M's T FR, so I'm looking for some quick fixes. TIA.

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Omega uses it stock kernel but my advice would be to install KT kernel since its the best one for KitKat, then on KTweaker you can put battery profiles so it keeps juice running. Mine was lasting 12-15 hours with moderate use on battery profiles. Might as well check some user profiles that worked pretty good. If you miss some bloat apps you can install them back trough aroma.

14. singhkaran9830 unregistered

Try resurrection rom,if its available for your model.I switched from TW to Resurrection.love it,what I miss about TW is MultiWindow and a few little features.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Nearly any old (or budget) Android, or even old iPhone makes a great media device. My POS Galaxy Light works great for streaming music at work, and with a 64GB microSD card, I have plenty of space for my own music (without the unholy hassle of iTunes). Sure, it's not as svelte as an iPod Touch, but it cost me a few hundred bucks less too.

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Another cool thing to do with an old phone is donate it. The other day I was poking around T-Mobie's website, and saw a trade-in option. My Galaxy Light is worth $9 to them. Nine whole freaking dollars. I'd rather send it to cellphonesforsoldiers or a womens' shelter or some other worthy cause, or give it to a friend or co-worker who broke/lost theirs than get $9 lousy dollars in credit. For someone living paycheck-to-paycheck, $50 for a new phone could mean the difference between paying rent or other bill on time, or having to pay late fees or get evicted or something, meaning it costs a lot more than $50. A little can help a lot, and that old HTC Sensation or Galaxy S you've got collecting dust somewhere could make a big difference in someone's life and their families.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Let me add to your excellent post. Donate to charities that will hand over those phones to people in need. Salvation Army and Goodwill aren't those types. They will SELL them instead of doing the "right thing".

12. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

In asia, the resale value is usually higher than in USA. and I think less than 5% in asia keep the old phone. Even broken phone is still worth.

13. waddup121 unregistered

nice nice

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

another great use is to have another device for web browsing or playing games on, etc. so you dont drain the battery on the new phone.

17. TA700

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I don't think manufacturers like us doing that. Once the battery dies, taking it out and powering it from the wall charger doesn't help. It just refuse to boot up.

18. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I'm not sure if that's the way it is with smartphones, I haven't tried that, but I remember feature phones I had that would power on without the battery when plugged in with the charger.

19. mcdonsco

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

How was "remote control" missed? Jeez...

20. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

How about navigation? Long trips kill my phone, keeping it on with data consuming...I'm going to use Here with offline maps and just keep my old phone on my dashboard in my car from now on.

21. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Getting your phone carrier unlocked (if applicable) makes it a great... Travel phone! Yes! Have tech in a foreign country and don't risk losing your nicer, newer phone on your trip.

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