What Do You Do With Your Old Phone When You Upgrade? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you how often you upgrade your phone, in light of the ever-increasing speed in which new devices appear in the market. The results show that we have less to worry about than I feared, our readers are a conscientious bunch, and most don’t upgrade their phone every year.

Out of 509 votes in total, 3.5% upgrade their phone every four years or more, 7.5% upgrade every year when a new model comes out, 17.5% upgrade every three to four years, 30.5% upgrade only when they can’t use their device anymore, and the majority of readers, 41%, upgrade approximately every two years, skipping one model.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

While upgrading every year or two can be bad for the environment and our pockets, it’s really all about what you do with your old device. This week’s poll deals with that, so continue reading and vote to help us get the full picture!

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This week’s poll question is: What Do You Do With Your Old Phone When You Upgrade?

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So following last week’s results, where we found that most people upgrade their phone every 1-3 years, especially in light of the fact that most models today aren’t even meant to last much more than 3 years, we have decided to find out what happens to all these old phones. Do you throw them away? Give them to someone else? Donate them? There are many things you can do with an old phone, and while throwing them away might be the easiest option, we might drown the earth soon if we don’t stop to think about it. So what do you usually do?


Share your thoughts about old phone in the comments. Do you think it’s really that bad throwing them away? Do you have cool things you like doing with old phone? Tell us all below.

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