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Old cellphones, in my household ...

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Get tossed; I only replace if broken.
  1215 votes / 7%
Stick around as useful adjunct devices
  1916 votes / 12%
Stick around, but don't actually get used
  7680 votes / 50%
Get handed off to friends or family
  1827 votes / 11%
Get lost, mostly
  597 votes / 3%
I don't have any "old cellphones."
  940 votes / 6%
Some outcome not reflected by choices above.
  1128 votes / 7%
15303 total votes.
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Old cellphones, in my household ...

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  • Donated (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @01:13PM (#46203269)

    Mine are donated to charity. Battered women shelters hand them out as emergency E911 devices. You don't need an active account to use E911 on an old cellphone.

    That and the vibrate function comes in handy.

  • Old iPhone (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ugen (93902) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @02:34PM (#46203835)

    All my phones from last 10 years are still around and being used, if I can help it.
    iPhone 4 is still very much alive and kicking, used essentially as an iPod/music device/game device/development/whatever. I also take it when I travel to use with foreign SIM cards, to avoid risking newer iPhone 5.
    iPhone 3 was also alive until last summer, but unfortunately got stolen during a trip abroad. Sure hope someone is enjoying it. Curiously, thieves in Bangkok were considerate enough to take the phone but leave the wallet that was right next to it in my bag.

    Dumb phones:
    I had a few "prepaid" Virgin Mobile phones laying around, reactivated and used sporadically for visitors from abroad or as needed. Unfortunately, they had to be discarded ever since Virgin Mobile stopped selling short term prepaid plans (and they cannot be activated directly on Sprint network due to their policy). Too bad, they all worked just fine.
    An old Sprint phone has been recently revived and reactivated through one of the non-contract Sprint resellers - give it to kids as a "safety' device.
    An old quad-band GSM phone from ATT is a spare, taken abroad to use with local SIM cards sometimes (but lately iPhone does that better).

    The only phone I parted with voluntarily in the last 10 years was a Samsung Galaxy (forget which revision). I tried hard to like Android (hoping to develop applications for it, wanted to get some system experience), could not like it though and sold it on eBay.

  • Re:Useless (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Hamsterdan (815291) on Monday February 10, 2014 @01:41AM (#46207873)

    I still have my Nokia Cityman somewhere. Big old brick of metal that would destroy the stairs if dropped... Real story, It flew out the window once while trying to rest it on my shoulder while driving my '79 Celica GT Coupe back in early '90s. Had to hunt the battery down the street, but apart from some scuffs and nicks (and a slightly bent antenna), it worked fine after being put back together. Those things should have been rated as weapons as they were virtually undestructible. Had an iPhone 3G, probably still in a box somewhere, now using a stupid phone (Moto V360 hacked for 4-bands since Rogers didn't think it was a good idea to let the phone use 850Mhz which penetrates buildings easier) because the battery lasts for an eternity between charges. And most importantly, it's used to make/receive calls. Besides, I'm pretty sure that thing lost about 20% of its mass with all the drops it went trough (and still running like a champ)

  • Project parts (Score:4, Interesting)

    by tlambert (566799) on Monday February 10, 2014 @06:43AM (#46208731)

    Project parts. It's a nice source of little pieces which can be retasked to other uses. Displays, speakers, vibration module, battery, backlights if they don't get used, capacitive or resistive touch input, if it happens to be integrated with the screen module because it's new enough, little speakers, little microphones, wireless or cellular modules, if they're separate components, jacks and USB and other connectors. 802.11 and GSM antennas, Cases, if you want something that looks like a cell phone, but actually isn't.

    One thing I've been more or less wanting to do is a fooseball table, where the little men are really old iPhones with pictures of little men on the screen who make grunting noises when they're the one to kick things, and make various faces, and scream in fear "whoaoaoaoaoa!" if you spin the bar instead of playing correctly, etc.. The only thing in the way at this point is the tig welding needed to attach the cases to the bars, and a couple more first generation iPhones.

  • Re:Donated (Score:4, Interesting)

    by LunaticTippy (872397) on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @03:49PM (#46231459)
    I sell on ebay, I don't have time to deal with meeting people in person. The few thousand is total sales, I usually give the money to whoever minus a bit for fees and shipping. I don't really seek business, but my friends keep upgrading their phones and telling their friends so there is a steady stream coming in, a few phones a month on average.

    It is surprising how much they hold their value. Old blackberries, iphones, android phones typically go for $50 and up, even dumb phones sell. I like helping divert some of the river of waste back into productive use.

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