When you upgrade to a new smartphone, don’t let the old one collect dust in the junk drawer. Here are six creative ideas for putting that used (but still useful!) device to work.
1. A Backup or ‘Burner’ Phone
If your old smartphone still works, consider using it as a second phone. A second phone can serve several purposes: a data backup if your new phone dies or gets lost; a safer choice for camping trips, beach outings, or other places where your fancy new phone could get damaged; or even as an untraceable “burner” phone.
To use the backup phone to make calls, it will need to be an unlocked phone that allows you to swap out the phone’s SIM card for a new phone number and calling plan. Since you’ll only be using the backup phone occasionally to make calls and send texts, choose a “pay-as-you-go” plan that only charges you when you use the phone. Those plans can be as cheap as $2 for each day you that you use them. Otherwise, there’s no charge for letting the phone sit idle for months.
Even without a phone plan, that old phone call still dial 911, which may make it useful in an emergency situation.
A second phone can also be a handy data backup if your new phone runs on the same operating system. Make sure the old phone is loaded with the same apps and cloud access as the new phone. That way, if you lose the new phone or it breaks, you still have access to all of your cloud-based contacts and photos, and you won’t fall behind on your favorite social media feeds.
If you want a second phone for added privacy and security — a number to use on dating websites or Craigslist, for example — turn the old phone into a “burner” device by wiping and resetting it, and signing in as a new user with a new email address (hint: don’t use your real name!). With an app like Burner, you don’t even have to get a new SIM card with a new phone number. The app uses VoIP to assign you a temporary phone number. You can even text from it.
2. Car Stereo and GPS Device
Every time you get in the car, you probably click your smartphone into a dashboard mount, plug in a power cord and fiddle around connecting to your stereo via Bluetooth. And then you have to disconnect everything again when you get out.
Depending on how you use your phone in the car, you could save some hassle by turning your old phone into a dedicated car stereo and GPS device.
First, a tip. This won’t be as useful if you make a lot of hands-free calls in the car and your old phone doesn’t have its own active calling plan. But if you primarily use the phone for playing music and podcasts, and for real-time driving directions, this could help.
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