Old Smartphones Still Full of Value

April 15, 2015

Loyal readers will remember in the Charge Your Smartphone or Tablet Wirelessly With QI Wireless Charger post I mentioned that a new smartphone was on order. My new phone has been in my hands for a week now and I’m loving it. What does someone do with their old smartphone? Today I’ll share how I’m going to use mine.

It no longer receives a signal from my mobile provider so I can’t use it to make calls or send text messages. As long as I have a WiFi signal, most every other function can still be used. Heck, if I really want to make phone calls then I could use the RingCentral app on the phone!

I will probably use it most as an MP3 player. There are a lot of songs stored on the phone and it does a great job of playing those tunes. The old phone can be playing music at the same time I use my new phone for making and receiving calls. In Synching Contacts, Calendar and Entertainment With Phones and Tablets, I describing how easy it was for me to move music from my computer to my phone (or tablet). I’ll continue to do that so my music, contacts and calendar are up-to-date.

Another option is to sell the old phone. The value of the old phone varies based on what you are selling, but it is typically far less than what you paid. My old phone can also serve as an emergency backup should something go wrong with my new phone. So the price others are willing to pay for my old phone is far less than the value it provides to me.

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