What are some good uses for your retired iPhones

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Myiphone7, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    I finally found a great use for my old iPhone 4.

    If y'all remember I wasn't sure what to do with it. I could have put all that data on my new iPhone 5 but I didn't want 5,000 pictures I don't look at cramming it.

    As many of you know I do tons and tons of banking.

    I figured the perfect use for my iPhone 4 would be to use it as a vault for highly sensitive information.

    What do you use yours for?

    I assumed an iPod would be a great use.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Jun 21, 2011
    Greece and Holland
    I gave it to my wife n i ve got myself the 5 :D
  3. macrumors G3

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Unless you want keep one iPhone in every design/form factor as a collection, best use is to unlock it and ebay it for $400+.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2010
    doorstop or paperweight
  5. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    i use mine as an ipod touch basically...
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    I use my old iPhone 4 as an iPod touch, well my kids do. Still has wifi and games, etc.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    I recently sold my 3GS on Craigslist and used the proceeds against the cost of a 4S.
  8. macrumors G3


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    My sister gave me her old iPhone 3GS for Christmas last year. I'm not on AT&T so it became a WiPhone. I put Talkatone on it and connected it with my Google Voice number. Combined with iMessage it gave me free US calls and free SMS/MMS. Since most of the places I go have WiFi I was able to use it as a spare phone with internet/data capability.

    Now that I have my iPhone 5 it's also being used as a media device and for controlling my PowerBook.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    i gave them away for really cheap or for free.

    no need for trying to make a "profit".
  10. macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2012
    My 5 is my first ever iPhone so none to retire, but my old Blackberry bold is now used by my 9 month old. It has "White Noise" on there as an MP3, and its great, he sleeps superbly with it on loop. Was a trick by the midwife when he was young and wouldnt go sleep, now he wont without it.

    Also means we can go in the room without waking him. :)
  11. macrumors G3


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    My iPhone 5 replaced my HTC Touch Pro which is a Windows Mobile phone. I'm now using that phone for some non-Apple apps and I have the SD card on it Apple formatted. I use that as a maintenance/emergency boot drive for my Mac.
  12. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    上海 (Shanghai)
    Sell, gift, destroy, blend…

    Or maybe keep for a backup.
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    Well that was nice of you.


    You know guys while it would seem easy to find something to do with it, it is actually not as easy as people think if you buy the new iPhone!
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2012
    I've always sold them, helps recoup money when upgrading
  15. macrumors G3

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    That's why you sell them for quite a bit of money unless you want to maintain a collection of iPhones in each design/form factor.
  16. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    The only problem I have with selling is that I don't know where to put the info on it. I wouldn't want to transfer 5,000 pics to my new iPhone 5.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Your computer?
  18. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    Well what about notes, text messages from past lovers, contacts. Becomes difficult to save those.
  19. macrumors 68000

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    iPhone 4 is still good and runs IOS6 so
    Id sell it.

    Older iPhones don't get app updates and they don't have retina displays. Camera was never great on them either so I imagine the only use for them is calling and text maybe ipod.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    Gave mine to my little cousins to have a play games on. Free iPod touch basically for them.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2011
    I taunt people who own android phones. My deactivated old iPhone is still better than their activated android phone, and they KNOW it.
  22. macrumors regular

    May 9, 2011
    In a little box, under the stairs
    Used as:
    1. Airfoil Speaker Device with an external speaker
    2. Portable Audio and Movie receptacle during travel
    3. Hot Spot/Internet sharing device with local SIM card
    4. Additional Instagram account for my cat (follow lembu_nyteriders)
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2005
    My wife and I gave our iPhone 4 phones to our kids as iPod touches (replacing the 3G versions of our previous phones they were using) when we got the 5. I am happy doing it, the iPod touch that kids really like these days are $299 and the 4 does basically everything the same minus the bigger screen.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2008
    I ended up making a quick sell and put it towards the iPhone 5.
  25. macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I'd unlock the old one and use it when travelling.

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