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?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

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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Comments (85)
  • ion popa

    I’ll only upgrade if my actual phone will become unusable; in that case I’ll deliver it to a recycling center.

  • Anonymous

    Old phones always go to younger family members

  • Lisa Santika Onggrid

    Pass it to another family members. Use it as secondary storage and contact backup.

  • Joe Cunningham

    Reduce, Reuse and Recycle; get it, got it good. Please people don’t throw any Electronic waste away in the Landfill,Garbage, out the car window or Burial at sea (any open water source). E-waste has some really bad stuff in it. If knowing where to recycle it is a problem there are scads of resources on that very subject on the Web. There Non and For Profit organizations out there that would loveyour old E-waste. Please take the time to do it right our Great Great Grand Children and the Environment will love you for it. We can live without Oil; We can’t live without clean water.

  • Ashok Katariya

    My Son is playing some of his favorite Java Games on my old Nokia 6300 mobile.

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