OK, So the rumors were true. Now What?

So it’s true, the new iPhone 5 is here, loaded with new features.  If you’re like me you are going to want to upgrade from your old iPhone.  So, what should a socially responsible person do with their old iPhone?  BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP’s technology reporter has 11 ideas.  I particularly like four of them.

  • Use it as a teeny-tiny iPad

As long as you have a Wi-Fi connection you’ll be able to send email and search the web. You can still listen to music and watch videos that you have downloaded.  The camera will still work as will all of your games.  

  • Donate it to charity

Several charities will accept old cell phones as donations.  I like donating to charities. It helps out those in need and it gives me a break on my taxes.  It’s a win-win. 

  • Stream music

Put your old iPhone in a speaker dock and you have a stereo that plays your favorite music.  My son has a speaker dock and we use it at home, we also hook his iPhone up in the car and listen to his tunes while we’re driving.  Now we can just leave it in the car.

  • Recycle with Apple

Apple has its own recycling program and will give you an Apple gift card if it determines your old iPhone has a monetary value, if it doesn’t, they’ll accept it anyway and recycle it for you so that it doesn’t end up in a landfill.

ORTUTAY has seven other suggestions that  you can read about here.


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