10 Uses For Old Smartphones

 

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Reuse-Old-Smartphones-Android-iO...

Check out # 3!

http://www.pcworld.com/article/226837/8_uses_for_an_old_smar...

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-alternative-date-android-phon...

http://androidtipguys.com/2012/06/cool-uses-for-your-old-and...

On a slightly related note, Nextel is stopping in the US the middle of 2013. Old Nextels that have Direct Talk make pretty decent walkie talkies. In fact, they have made two Android Nextels. They are the Motorola i1 and the Motorola Titanium. I used Motorola Titanium with Android might get pretty cheap after Nextel stops next year. A couple of Nextel walkie talkies with GPS, MP3, etc are a LOT better than the $20 FRS ones from Wal-Mart!

It looks like the Titanium can be had on Ebay Buy It Now for under $100.

Recently acquired

A few months ago the wife's android stopped receiving text. After performing several unsuccessful factory resets we took it to a service center who attempted several more factory resets. They were also unsuccessful after loading the operating system again. Fortunately they didn't charge us for messing with the phone.

Anyway, now we have an operating brick, does everything wifi just like an iTouch. LOL I'll have to try the off line GPS trick.

This is the reason I have

This is the reason I have kept my previous 3 smartphones. They still operate lke active phone as long as I am in a wifi area, even for making phone calls via skype or other voip applications. Also all the applications like gps maps that are stored on the phone don't even need a network connection or wifi.

doorstop

It could always be used as a doorstop, especially if you leave the rubber cover on the phone smile

Flashlight

You could always change the background wall paper to plain bright white and use it as an electronic flashliht. exclaim razz

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Office Space Re-Creation

Could use an old smartphone to make a miniature diarama of the Office Space scene where they beat the living daylights out of a piece of office equipment.

That poor photocopier never

That poor photocopier never had a chance. grin

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what a great list

what a great list

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A GPS can take you where You want to go but never where you WANT to be.

Best thing to do with an

Best thing to do with an older phone is make a kid friendly phone for your child. That way your phone will not be dropped.

There was a video of this on twit Know How (http://twit.tv/show/know-how/28)

Though I can do most of this without using the launcher he does, it is done with my Nova launcher and es file explorer.

Make icons of just video shortcuts for your child and games on the homescreen.

Nice to know

What a good idea. For those less tech like me, more is needed to accomplish this task, but the potential is there.

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alandb wrote:

You could always change the background wall paper to plain bright white and use it as an electronic flashlight. exclaim razz

They already have an app for that using the iPhone camera's flash.

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or

You could donate it to:

Women Against Abuse recommends donating any used cell phones and cell phone accessories to the Verizon Hopeline program, which provides refurbished phones to Women Against Abuse clients and victims of domestic violence across the country.

You can donate your cell phone and accessories at any Verizon Wireless location, or you can download a free mailing label and ship your phone to the Hopeline program.

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My Old Cell Phones...

...are great at filling a paper sack!

Think I'll take them to a Verizon Wireless store and donate them to WAA. Thanks for the suggestion, Don.

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Make phone calls?

Isn't where these things started?

My wife still uses an old (Virgin Mobile) phone that's good for making calls and answering calls. No camera. No web browser. Just phone calls.

She likes it.

Good enough for me!

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k6rtm wrote:

Isn't where these things started?

My wife still uses an old (Virgin Mobile) phone that's good for making calls and answering calls. No camera. No web browser. Just phone calls.

She likes it.

Good enough for me!

--I like it too!

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its good to keep any old

its good to keep any old cell phone in the car in case of an emergency and you need to call 911 . even if your phone does not have an active line, 911 will always work.

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A GPS can take you where You want to go but never where you WANT to be.

Just remember

ganador11 wrote:

its good to keep any old cell phone in the car in case of an emergency and you need to call 911 . even if your phone does not have an active line, 911 will always work.

Just remember to keep it charged !

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If you donate

Donating is a worthwhile idea. But if you do, be sure to clear all personnel data including your contacts and call history first. You should do that for any kind of disposal.

Did That Too

ganador11 wrote:

its good to keep any old cell phone in the car in case of an emergency and you need to call 911 . even if your phone does not have an active line, 911 will always work.

I used to carry an old Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) cell phone with me even though I had an operating cell with T-Mobile service. Back in the 2005-2008 time frame, a long trip through parts of central NY did not have any T-Mobile or other GSM service but there was Verizon CDMA service. As such, having that old phone gave me a way to call 911 if my phone could not get a signal. Luckily by the fall of 2008, T-Mobile and AT&T greatly expanded their coverage and I no longer needed the phone.

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Verizon

Aardvark wrote:

I used to carry an old Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) cell phone with me even though I had an operating cell with T-Mobile service. Back in the 2005-2008 time frame,

Verizon hasn't been Bell Atlantic for over ten years, maybe even 15 years.

very true

Very True. might it add these older smartphones have the gps locator feature which allows 911 to have an idea where you are. older non smart phones may not have this feature

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A GPS can take you where You want to go but never where you WANT to be.

If your OLD smartphone is

If your OLD smartphone is because something broke, but you liked it so much you got another just like it, you could use the old to keep a battery charged up.

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Not What He Was Referring To

phillyguy19020 wrote:
Aardvark wrote:

I used to carry an old Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) cell phone with me even though I had an operating cell with T-Mobile service. Back in the 2005-2008 time frame,

Verizon hasn't been Bell Atlantic for over ten years, maybe even 15 years.

The Verizon brand name came into being in the year 2000, but I think what he was referring to was the time frame that he had a cell phone with T-Mobile.

Smartphones generally

Smartphones generally include WiFi. You can use it music or any app whihc doesn't require cell data.

thanks for the info

thanks for the info

excellent idea

pilothaz wrote:

Best thing to do with an older phone is make a kid friendly phone for your child. That way your phone will not be dropped.

There was a video of this on twit Know How (http://twit.tv/show/know-how/28)

Though I can do most of this without using the launcher he does, it is done with my Nova launcher and es file explorer.

Make icons of just video shortcuts for your child and games on the homescreen.

Do you happen to know of any step-by-step guides online?

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yes!!!

zeaflal wrote:

Donating is a worthwhile idea. But if you do, be sure to clear all personnel data including your contacts and call history first. You should do that for any kind of disposal.

--Solid advice!!!

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If you really needed a new

If you really needed a new phone, why would you keep the old one? I'm sure a new phone will do everything the old one did.

I'd sell the old one...one less gadget to keep track of. I do understand opinions can vary.

I agree with selling the old

I agree with selling the old one but sometimes its not worth the hassle.

But on the other hand if I had a new iphone 5 and my smartphone was the old iphone 3gs i'd still use my 3gs when im at the gym or when i jog. its still functions as good mp3 player and i wouldnt worry so much if i dropped it.

jmo

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A GPS can take you where You want to go but never where you WANT to be.

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rarbelaez wrote:

Do you happen to know of any step-by-step guides online?

There are apps which make a phone/tablet kid friendly. One free app I know of, but haven't tried, is Kids Place

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kiddoware.....

I have seen people use them

I have seen people use them for playing music. Delete all other programs and data,

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Glide Computer

I have recently loaded Xcsoar on to an old Dell Streak 5 and used it as a glide computer for sailplane use.

(It also serves as a data logger, though it is not FAI compliant.)

The Dell Streak 5 was discontinued in 2010, is about 5" on the diagonal, has an internal GPS, and is very sunlight readable.

This is exactly what I do.

I use my old 32 GB 3GS as an iPod Touch basically. It plays music, surfs the web with wifi, and I can use the Nike+ apps. It also serves as a backup in case I break my new phone, because I chose not to buy insurance.

wifi repeater

Great link. I never considered using my android wi-fi only tablet as a wifi repeater

i agree

Great link

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A GPS can take you where You want to go but never where you WANT to be.