With the HTC Desire 626 now available at MTN stores nationwide, here are a few ideas from HTC on non-wasteful ways to get rid of your old mobile device:
1. Sell it to a buyback service
If you want to get some cash for your old phone, but without the hassle of advertising it in the classifieds, you could sell it to Zwipit. This company will pay you for your smartphone, refurbish it, and sell it to someone else. The online process is relatively simple and painless - Zwipit will arrange the courier and pay you once it has assessed your device.
2. Trade it in
Some stores and networks offer great trade-in deals – offering you a discount on your new device in exchange for old phone. Phone around to find out what options are on offer.
3. Advertise it on an online classified service
You’ll probably get a better price for your smartphone, if you sell it to another individual than if you sell it to a buyback service or trade it in. You can advertise the device on a site such Gumtree or OLX and if you follow these common sense tips (Gumtree), dealing through an online classifieds site can be safe and profitable.
If you often need mobile internet access, it can be handy to keep an old smartphone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. You’ll have internet access wherever you go, without running down the battery on your new, primary smartphone. I was doing the same with my old Nexus One phone till Telkom mobile SIM didn't worked on the same and I now use it to post my photographs on Instagram.
5. Turn it into a mobile gaming console
Provided that it’s not too old to run the newer games, an old smartphone can be an ideal mobile games machine for your child. And if you’re a gaming enthusiast yourself, why not turn it into a retro game arcade? Download those NES emulators and relive all the ages old games or the current games till they are supported by the old android operating system on your mobile device.
6. Play some music
Plug your smartphone into a loudspeaker, and then use an apps such as MixRadio or TuneIn Radio to turn it into a makeshift radio. You could also listen to some podcasts or load your own music onto the smartphone. Can also be used as a car stereo by plugging via aux cable and playing all your favourite songs while you drive or can be used to listen to audio-books or podcasts also.
7. Give it away
You could also pass your smartphone on to someone else - one of your children, a parent, house helper, or a charity - if you don’t want to sell it. You probably know someone who could use your phone, even if it’s really old and basic.
8. Recycle it
If your smartphone is broken beyond repair, you should dispose it off in an environmentally friendly manner. Take it to one of the many e-waste disposal sites around the country rather than simply chucking it in the bin. This will ensure that as many components are salvaged for reuse as possible and prevent some of the nastier chemicals that go into a phone from ending up in a landfill.
The HTC Desire 626 is available at MTN stores nationwide and shop.mtn.co.za for R269 per month over 24 months and includes 30GB data once off.
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