We may all think that technology just keeps on improving and we will no longer have room for obsolete gadgets in our lives but it seems that we are quite mistaken. Not only are vintage gadgets making a comeback but you can also repurpose old phones to make them useful again. You wouldn’t want to throw away a perfectly good phone just because it is no longer the latest thing in the market after a year or two of use especially if you are on a postpaid plan where most contracts often expire after 24 months. Its features may not be trendy or sensational but you’d be surprised at the many ways you can repurpose them for an entirely different purpose.
Nokia is actually making a comeback this year and many old souls can’t help but feel nostalgic after seeing the much loved 3310 come back to life with a twist. Stop throwing away old devices since the world is already fast becoming a big e-waste dump. There are various uses for old gadgets and they don’t necessarily have to go to waste like most old phones do. After all, your phone has witnessed many milestones in your life and saying goodbye to it for good isn’t an easy thing to do.
Why repurpose your old phone?
The old phone that you feel has no use today was probably a highly desirable product just a few years ago. Throwing away a phone you paid hundreds of dollars for, or selling it for a fraction of the cost just to get rid of it is a bad business decision. Despite being old, your smartphone still packs a powerful microprocessor and wireless capabilities.
Imagine the money you would spend on household technology like a baby monitor, a security camera, or a music player like the iPod. So why not repurpose your old phone into a piece of useful technology that replaces the need to buy individual tech products altogether? Here are some of the most innovative ways that you can implement to repurpose your old phone right now.
Cellular phones contain precious metals that are increasingly becoming scarce like copper and certain metals. Most of all, it contains glass and a lot of plastic components that are not good for the environment. Recycling old phones can even help conserve energy aside from saving the environment from exposure to toxic substances like mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants that can actually still be reused and recycled.
There is one obvious downside to our fascination with gadgets-obsolescence.
Just when we start to get used on our new purchase, be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop or television, it seems there is a better one around the corner. To make matters worse, you might even find that newer and shinier tech toy that costs even less than the one you just bought.
Here are some uses and pieces of advice for your old tech products that you can consider before you ditch that old device:
If you have an old but functional smartphone or tablet that you don’t use anymore, you can build a free internet enabled security cam. Just install one of the free apps that use your device’s camera such as ”Presence” or ”Manything” for iOS or ”Salient Eye” for Android, and leave that device plugged in turned on and pointed towards something you want to keep an eye on.
Most people sell their previous phones once they upgrade to the latest models but old phones can still work as a home media controller, kitchen command center, camcorder, digital photo frame, security camera, baby monitor, VR headset, video doorbell, among many others. Or better yet, use it as a spare phone where you can keep some of your digital files and contacts as back up.
If you simply just want to get rid of your phone especially if it is no longer usable, just make sure to dispose of it properly or better yet, recycle it. Industries like automotive, electronics and jewelry can make use of some of the parts of these old phones to hopefully reduce the growing pile of e-trash that is littered all over the world that not only pollutes the planet but pose a health hazard too.