As usual, King Apple is the last one to unveil its 2013 flagship.
Chances are, you are one of the people eagerly awaiting the launch of Apple’s new iPhone (iPhone 5S or 6, your guess is as good as mine), iSheep or not. The yearly launch of iPhones has become an annual tradition for Apple fanboys and tech people alike. Not only does the new iPhone generate much publicity and praise during launch day, but also criticism from rabid haters and insatiable tech writers.
But really, the people most concerned with this year’s launch are the fence-sitters. They are the consumers who passed on the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One, the Sony Xperia Z, the LG G2 and the Nokia Lumia 1020. They are the people waiting for what Apple will field at the Smartphone Battle Arena. The proper flagship to replace their old iPhone 5s.
Old? Yes… because believe it or not, the moment Tim Cook unveils the new iPhone 5S/6, your iPhone 5 is history. As simple as that. So what will you do with your iPhone 5 once the 5S or 6 come out? Here are three ideas for your old iPhone 5. Or iPhone 4S. Or iPhone 4. Or heaven forbid, a really old iPhone.
- Use It as a Backup Phone/iTouch Device
A backup phone must be the new “in” nowadays due to the lack of any decent dual-SIM phone available among the carriers here in the United States. Most dual-SIM phones are bound for the Chinese market or Southeast Asia.
You can put a prepaid SIM card in your iPhone 5 to cut your plan charges a bit. Although the display is a bit cramped compared to most smartphones nowadays, the iPhone 5 is still a decent web browsing device, with the highly-capable Safari Browser and other alternative web browsers on the App Store.
Also, you can use the iPhone 5 as an iTouch, like a more capable iPod Touch and play all of those iOS games which are, frankly, better than their Android counterparts. The 8 megapixel camera is also very capable, trumping the measly 5 megapixel camera of the 5th-generation iPod Touch.
Furthermore, the vast array of eBook applications would make the iPhone 5 a decent eBook device, that is, if you’re willing to compromise with the 4-inch screen. With a battery that will last for 8 hours of video watching, the iPhone 5 can become your portable media player, that is, again, if you’re willing to watch movies on a small screen.
Play music to your heart’s content with a 40-hour continuous music loop. Apple devices have exceptional audio quality.
- Recycle Your Old iPhone
If you’re an eco-conscious person, you can have that old iPhone of yours recycled. It will hardly make a dent in the growing e-waste problem, but it will be a help nonetheless. More so since only 8% of the 130 million cell phones Americans discard yearly are recycled.
You must also remember that every cell phone is a toxic piece of silicon. Apple might be branding their devices as eco-friendly; however, it has been proven that elements like bromine, chlorine, lead, mercury and cadmium are found in trace amounts in every mobile phone.
Recycling that device improperly is worse than not recycling at all. The aforementioned toxic chemicals might seep to the ground or mix with tap water. You should send your device to the nearest recycler or back to your manufacturer.
- Sell That Old Thing
Knowing Apple, the new iPhone will probably launch with a price that’ll require you to withdraw your lifesavings from your bank. Apple devices are notorious for their outrageous prices, so you’re probably better off selling your old iPhone. That will cover at least a part of the insane amount Apple will charge you for the new iPhone.
There are several online sites that will buy your old iPhone or even accept trade-ins, but not all of them are trustworthy or will give you a great deal. Some even charge a commission fee.
Fortunately for you, there’s eCycleBest.com (eCB). This site offers a really convenient way for you to sell your unwanted phone without all the hassle. All you have to do is get an initial quote for your old iPhone from eCB’s homepage.
If the quote is good, you can then enter your address and your contact details on the proceeding page. After filling it out, wait for a prepaid shipping label and a free box that will be sent to you in two to three days.
Use that box as protection for your iPhone and use the prepaid shipping label to ship your device to eCB’s warehouse free of charge. An email or a phone call will inform you about the final price of your cell phone after a thorough inspection at eCB’s facility. If you agree to the final price, a company check will be sent to your address or you can have the money deposited to your PayPal account.
ECB will send the phone back if you don’t accept the offer. However, would you really want your old iPhone back if the new one is launched already? Every iPhone that comes out manages to obliterate the puny defences of the opposing forces arrayed against it.
You wouldn’t want to miss out on Apple’s flagship smartphone, would you?