Things to Do With a Mobile Phone

By: J Tillotson

Mobile phone deals change all the time, and new handsets are appearing at a rate of knots. If you're a gadget freak, you'll feel the impulse to get the latest shiny new phone with the latest technology...but what could you do with your old phone?

The obvious one is to sell it on Ebay. If it's a contract phone you could end up getting quite a bit of profit out of it as people are always looking out for cheap phones. If it's unlocked and open to any network it's even better. Along the same lines, there are sites that allow you to trade your old handset in for cash, although you may not gain as much as from Ebay this way. Or if you're really kind, give it to a family member - there's always at least one relative hankering after gadgets but not wanting to buy their own. Perhaps as a cheap Christmas present...

Sending it to a company for recycling is an option growing in popularity. These companies test all the handsets they receive and send the working ones to poorer countries, to people who can't afford brand-new handsets. The ones that don't work are recycled and made into other things such as children's toys. The aim of these companies is to reduce the waste in landfill sites, thus reducing the damage to the environment.

It is possible to convert an old phone into a walkie-talkie or MP3 player by buying a few simple pieces of equipment, so if your old handset has a great capacity for music or you just like the look of it, keep it around and useful. Alternatively, keep it for the torch or camera function if they're good enough.

Then there are the more fun things to do. Look on Youtube and Myspace and you'll see lots of videos people have made of themselves smashing their old phones up - a bit of a waste but great stress therapy! Or head to Finland and enter the World Mobile Phone throwing Championships. The current title is held by a man in the UK, with a record 95.83 metres.

Or you could just carry two phones and confuse your friends!

Want to get rid of your old mobile phones? Recycle a cheap mobile phone and search online for hundreds of brand new mobile phones today.

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