If you are looking to upgrade your phone, what exactly are you doing with your old phone? Don’t tell me you are just stashing it away somewhere in a drawer!?! There are quite a few good uses for your old phones that you probably haven’t thought of yet. There’s still time even though you may think your old phone is outdated. Let’s take a look a few uses for your old phone.
Upgrade Your Old Phone
Extra Security Camera
If you have a phone with a camera and it’s from 2010 and beyond, you’ll be pleased to know that you can very quickly turn the phone into an extra security camera. How to do this? Simple, we recommend downloading the app “Alfred.” You must download the Alfred app on your old phone(s) and link them together into a single account. Once you do this, you’ll have a network of security cameras where you can watch potential burglars or keep tabs on your home (or office) whenever you aren’t there. A major bonus to the Alfred app is that it’s free, plus you can access your cameras online on any PC or Smartphone!
Smart TV Remote Control
TV’s are using less Infrared and more Wi-Fi connected device integration, meaning traditional remote controls are being rooted out. On some TV’s, like the Roku Smart TV’s, you can access and even power up your TV using your Smartphone. Why not connect your old phones to this capability and turn the other phones into Remote Controls?
Main Smart Home Control Device
You can certainly add both the remote control and other smart home functions like lighting, AC controls through the Nest app, and much more. Have your old phone turned into the primary device for these functions so that you have everything in one place!
Little do people know that you can download Google Maps (using the Google Map app) so that data won’t be downloaded. Plus it’s not necessarily true that you need a SIM card for tracking ability when on the road. So you could turn your old Phone into a GPS device for your car! Of course, you’ll need to make sure your phone has offline GPS capability.
Extra Trackpad for Your Computer
Unified Remote Server, an app available on Android and iOS will allow you to turn your device into a new Trackpad (Mouse) for your PC. You’ll need to download software for the PC to do this, but other to then that it’s super easy to get started!
But What if the Phone is Cracked or Broken?
If you have broken your phone within the past few hours and are struggling with the idea of going without your smartphone for a while, we understand your pain. But don’t fret because Puls is here!
Puls is an on-demand cell phone repair service that will come to you. Affordability and swiftness are the key factors here. If you buy a new contract or phone you could be spending (over time) way too much cash out of pocket.
Buying a Contract is not a Money Hack
If you buy a new contract or phone, you could be spending (over time) way too much cash out of pocket. In most cases, the primary carriers will include your typical data and calling charges along with the financing of your phone in one bill. What these companies usually fail to mention (or highlight) is that you pay a significant portion of that monthly payment for your phone itself. Whereas, there is plenty of month to month phone deals out there starting at $15 a month for a company like Mint Sim Wireless. Better yet, there’s a company offering Free Wireless Data and Calling.
Buying Used is the Way to Go
Getting a used out of box smartphone is the way to go. Not only does the price of the phone drop significantly once the phone is out of its original box, but in many cases, if the phone is used for a few months you could get a better deal. Places to find great deals on used phones are:
You could also just buy a new phone outright and still save. Buying a premium phone like the Apple iPhone or OnePlus 5T could still save you in the long run when you avoid financing your phone through the typical two-year contract.
Buying a phone outright instead of being hooked into a two-year plan is the main decision you’ll have to make.
Addicting to New Technology? (Especially if Your Phone is Cracked)
If your phone is new or bought within the past 6 through 12 months, you should strongly consider phone repair. If it is older, you can consider selling your phone for parts, looking for a used phone, and see how much out of pocket you’ll pay! If you have broken your phone, you still have options to weigh!