The iPhone 5 was officially announced yesterday! The new model is thinner, lighter and has a bigger screen than the others. For the Apple fans who wons the new iPhone 5 from Buck and Coop, the question is: What should you do with your old iPhone?
In case you don’t want your old iPhones to gather dust, here are a few things to do with yours:
1. Give it to your kids so they stop taking yours…
They are shiny, they have games and grown-ups use them…so they must be cool! More importantly, they are usually off-limitsto kids which makes them even cooler. You can always load up your old iPhone with games and give it to your son or daughter :)
2. Give it to your mom so she can finally understand all the hype…or learn to text…
3. Pretend and use it as a teeny-tiny iPad (LOL)
You’ll be able to watch videos, send email and conduct random fact searches to end disagreements with your old iPhone. Just make sure you’re somewhere with a Wi-Fi connection. There’s even a camera, which means you can even use it for just that purpose.
4. Donate to charity
Several charities accept old phones for donation. But remember, these groups usually won’t physically give your old phones to people in need. They typically work with phone recyclers and sell your donated phones to them.
A nonprofit group called Cell Phones for Soldiers will take your “gently used” phone and sell it to recycling company ReCellular. It will then use the proceeds to buy calling cards for soldiers.
There are a few more suggestions from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8818.html .
5. Use it as an alarm clock!
Join 2012 by turning your old iPhone into an alarm clock. Hide it in a different spot in your bed each night for a fun game that will make you actually wake up ;) LOL
6. Sell, sell, sell!
You can sell your phone for a few hundred bucks. The merket will likely be flooded with them soon after people start getting their new phones, so it might make the most financial sense to wait a little time after the iPhone 5 is released.
A company called Gazelle, will make an offer for your old phone based on its condition, your phone carrier and other information. A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon Wireless, for example, was recently going for $237 if it’s in good condition and $90 if it’s broken.
Glyde.com also offers to help you resell your old phone. A recent check showed 4S getting roughly $325 to $350 after fees are deducted — provided there is a buyer. A “speed sale” that guarantees to sell it in seven days will get the seller slightly less money.
7. Trade in at GameStop
The video game retailer offers cash or store credit for old iPhones (along with iPods and iPads). The service is only available in stores and not online. A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon will get you up to $335 in store credit or up to $268 in cash.
8. Stream music
Stick your phone in that speaker dock, spring for a Pandora subscription ($36 per year) or Spotify ($10 per month) and you have a stereo!
The Radio.com app, meanwhile, will let you listen online to Buck and Coop on 98.7 Amp radio;)
9. Keep it as a backup in case you lose your new one.
Nearly one-third of cellphone owners have had their gadgets lost or stolen!
10. Use as a camera
Capture photos with it. No Canon needed. You can also use the iPhone to move photos and other files from one computer to another.
11. Recycle with Apple
Apple Inc.’s has it’s own recycling program that will give you an Apple gift card if the phone is determined to have a “monetary value.” A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S with some light scratches but in working condition was recently estimated at $280 (That’s higher than Gazelle). You’ll have to spend the money at Apple, but if you are an Apple fan i’m assuming that’s no issue for you! The company also accepts broken phones for recycling but you won’t get any money for them.