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Don’t Throw Out That Old Smartphone or Tablet! Part 2

Monday, August 10th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, Smartphones

In part 1 of this article, we told you about great ways to re-purpose old electronics as emergency back-up phones and to help those in need. But there are also a lot of fun uses for old tech.

Many Mobile Functions Don’t Need Cell Service


Pull out one of your old phones or tablets, charge it, and turn it on. You’ll see that there are still lots of functions you can use.

  • Wireless Internet Access. You can still access the Internet through a wireless connection to your old cellphone or aged tablet. It may be slow, but if it works, why not continue to use it to scan news and email? (You will need a SIM card to do this with a smartphone.)
  • Camera. Smartphone cameras only need to be charged to work. If they are in the vicinity of a wireless connection, you can even take advantage of email and sharing functions (again, with WiFi and a SIM card).
  • Photo Galleries. Use an old tablet to store and display photos instead of buying a new electronic album.
  • Basic Business Functions. In addition to email, your “silent phone” still has access to notepads, calculators, calendars, and any software you downloaded to it.
  • Music. As Neil Young sang, rock and roll will never die. Hey, hey, my, my—your iTunes or MP3 player still works on a discarded phone. Plus, you won’t be interrupted by callers!


Younger Kids Can Still Be Fooled With Old Tech

Finally, there are still kids out there who aren’t fully aware of the latest and greatest tech. For these children who are too young to question why they’re stuck with an iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy, old tech can make a great present.


They also serve as good distractions in an emergency. Bored kids can still play games downloaded to an old phone or tablet. They can browse photos, take pictures or video—basically do anything a decent mobile phone offers without accidentally calling Australia.

~ Ruth Ann

Ruth Ann Monti provides web content and copywriting services through TimeStorm Communications, LLC. She lives with her son and two dogs in sunny Arizona.


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One Response to “Don’t Throw Out That Old Smartphone or Tablet! Part 2”

  1. Dee says:

    You have made a mistake in that you will need a SIM card to use the Wi-Fi on an old smartphone. You don’t I use my old smartphone to access my home network daily.There is no SIM card in that phone.

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