Old phone, new tricks
Don’t know what to do with old mobile phones? Don’t throw those old phones away until you’ve checked out these ideas that can give your old mobile phones new life – even if only for parts.
Use #1: Not your grandma's alarm clock
Make your old mobile phones permanent bedside companions with an app that can help you fall asleep or ease you into your day. Try CARROT Alarm, a fun twist on an alarm clock with witty dialogue, song, and an innovative wake-up system. Or download Pzizz to help guide you into a deep sleep and then gently wake you up in the morning. Since there’s no need to schlep that extra phone around all day, leave it bedside to recharge. But don’t keep it charging all day or you’ll waste money.
Use #2: A simple home security camera
Use that built-in camera and a WiFi connection to turn your old mobile phone, tablet or laptop into a security system. Download an app like Presence or, as Popular Science suggests, “set up a separate Skype account on an old laptop, then set the program to automatically accept incoming video calls. This will allow you to call home from the office or the commute and check in on your pets whenever you like – with no complicated software to set up and no price to pay.”
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