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What To Do With Old Cell Phones

You can’t teach an old phone new updates.

Okay, there comes a time in all our mobile worlds where we just have to pull the trigger and get a new phone. Maybe the battery won’t hold a charge anymore, or you have the 4 when they’re on the 10, or it just won’t update anymore. In any case, you need to know what to do with your old phone­, once you unbox your new one, the three options below are pretty great…and no, throwing it in the ocean isn’t one of them.

Give it away, give it away now.

If your phone still has some quality hours left in it, but you don’t think you’re gonna use it anymore, consider donating it. Great charities like the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Cell Phones for Soldiers will find your old (working) phone a new and very appreciative home. You can also check with any local shelter to see if they’d like to take the device off your hands.

Sell that bad boy.

It’s perfectly alright to be in it for the cash. Just jump on a site like Swappa, eBay, OfferUp, Craigslist or Kijiji and list your old phone for sale. At the very least, you’ll get a bit of money to put towards your new one. Cha-ching!

Save the planet.

Recycling your old phone would probably make a lot of foxes (and other animals) very happy. Just beware of the less than reputable electronics “recyclers” out there that prey on your good intentions. Your best bet is to consult the EPA’s Electronics Donation and Recycling page to find what recycling options are available to you. Actually, here’s that link for you right here: www.epa.gov/recycle/electronics-donation-and-recycling

Now that you know what to do with your old phone, you can grab that new one when the time is right. BTW, if your phone still flips, the time is right.