Ways to repurpose, rather than recycle that constant companion.
When you get a new phone, you need not toss the old one. Yes, you could recycle it – but you could also keep it around and get further use from it.
That old phone could become a lightweight alarm clock thanks to its clock app. It could serve as a camera; you could transmit the images taken via Wi-Fi. Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku will allow you to use a smartphone as a Wi-Fi TV remote. A wired adapter and a phone mount could give an old car or truck a touchscreen user interface for music and podcasts. In a similar vein, you could use it as a dedicated music player in your bedroom or kitchen, with a Bluetooth speaker to improve sound quality. You could even set it up as an emergency 911 phone (ready and positioned to dial). Skype or FaceTime users with good Wi-Fi connections could potentially take a generation-old phone and make it an always-on FaceTime or Skype interface. So, before you recycle that old phone, think about all the ways it might still be handy.1
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1 – pcmag.com/feature/351781/11-uses-for-your-old-smartphone [3/11/17]
Ways to repurpose, rather than recycle, that constant companion.