After purchasing your new phone, you want nothing more than to have it as quickly as possible. You take the new phone out of the packaging and start installing it. You will be asked for a SIM card, so you can quickly insert the SIM card from your old phone into the new one. Not much later, the installation is completed and you can start transferring all data and apps.
While you’re eager to discover all the new features, you casually put the old phone in the closet. The camera functions of the new phone are tested, the speed is admired: wonderful, such a new device. From this moment on you don’t want anything else and you don’t look back at your old phone.
What to do with your old phone?
If you’re like most people, you forget about the old phone – which is gathering dust at the moment. And that’s a shame, because there are alternatives to storing your old device in the back of a drawer. What else you can do with your old phone? We’ll go through some alternatives.
1. Give it away
If your phone is not too old and you have children in the house, it can be an easy solution to pass the device on to one of your children. Even if it’s just to play games on. If your children are already provided for, then maybe there is someone else you can make happy with it.
2. Trade it in
One of the easiest ways to get rid of your old smartphone is to trade it in immediately when you buy a new phone. Although you may not get much for it, you can prevent the device from sitting in your home and serving no purpose. Several providers have a trade-in program that allows you to trade in phones, tablets, and other devices for a discount on new products.
3. Sell your old phone
If you don’t receive enough for your phone in a trade-in, you can still sell the phone. You may immediately think of an app like Marktplaats, but this is not the only place where you can sell old devices. Specialized websites such as reBuy can offer competitive prices without all the hassle of negotiating and people at your door. With these parties you can send the phone for free and receive the money in your bank.
4. Donate it
Donating a phone may not be the first thing on your mind, but you do something good with it for someone else. It is a selfless way of giving something away for someone else. Charities such as CliniClowns collect old phones to trade them in for a refund. What they get for the phone goes to charity.
5. Recycle it
Whatever you do with it: don’t throw the device in the trash. If trade-in, resale and donation are not an option, please recycle the device responsibly. All major electronics chains have collection points where you can deliver electronic devices, such as mobile phones, chargers, cables and accessories. If you happen to go to the local municipal yard, you can always leave free electrical products there.
Before you trade in, sell, donate or recycle your phone, make sure you have erased all data on the device. Reset the device to factory settings and check that the phone does not contain any personal information. Although some parties erase the phones by default, you’re better off doing this step yourself.