Saving a Buck: What to do with your old cell phones

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New iPhones were recently released which means many of you may be wondering what to do with that old smart phone.

Selling any old smartphone could be an option, but there are other ways to make use of it. Ways which could save you a buck.

Amy Welch with the OSCPA said, "Every time you turn around they're coming out with a new phone."

We all want the latest and the greatest, which leaves the question what do you do with that old phone?

Rather than throw it away or sell it, experts say you could simply repurpose the device.
Welch said, "Every smartphone, it's a mini computer."

First, make sure you turn off cellular data. If the phone is not connected to a data plan having cellular data turned on will quickly drain the battery.

Anyone with children knows those smartphones are a good source of entertainment for kids.

Welch says you could hand the device over to them for all the games, videos and music they enjoy.

She said, "How many times do they ask for these for Christmas anyway. Well, what if you want to give them one that's just for the car?"

Or consider using it as a media device to protect your new phone.

Welch said, "There are some people that don't want to take their nice iPhone on a jog, in case they fall, they might drop it."

You can also use your old phone in the kitchen to download recipes or keep track of your grocery list.

Another option, consider downloading a GPS app which works offline for use in the car. The app can help you to save data and battery life on the device you actually use as a phone while you travel.

Welch says before you repurpose an old phone make sure it won't keep costing you.

She said, "If you don't want to use it as a phone you might discuss that with your carrier to make sure that you have everything set up to where you aren't paying extra charges for anything you don't need."

Another option would be to download Skype or a similar app so you can use the phone to make calls through a Wi-Fi connection even though it's not connected to a phone plan.

Head on over to the KFOR Facebook page to tell us what you are doing with your old smartphone.

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