Typical American family has old cellphones lying around

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.

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



24. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

23. lukasound

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

22. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

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

21. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Nokia 1100 Samsung e1080 Nokia C2-03

19. JC557

Posts: 1927; Member since: Dec 07, 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).

17. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 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...

16. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 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

12. Omarc07

Posts: 590; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 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!

10. wendygarett unregistered

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

15. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It had great CyberShot Camera

7. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 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........

8. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i keep my old phones in my room! :)

14. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Seems everyone had Nokia.

25. fur0n

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 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

6. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

got a nokia 1200 and use it for texting.

9. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 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.

11. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

my MC60 is still working!! and i use it for texting!! while my 6630, my father use it!

5. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 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!

4. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

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

3. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

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

2. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

1. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

20. wendygarett unregistered

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

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