Things to do with your old iPhone

It may be a few years old. It may have lost its shine. It may even have a cracked screen but that doesn't mean your iPhone is destined for the bin. We take look at the options available to you and your trusty old iPhone... 


Sell your iphone

With the cost of premium smartphones rising there is a huge market for second hand phones. This is good news if you’re planning on upgrading to a newer model because you can sell your old iPhone and recoup some of the money you initially paid out.

There are plenty of websites available, including Ebay and Amazon, that let you check that your buyer is reputable before you part with your phone. Listing an item for sale is free of charge and you only pay a commission to the site if your phone sells.


Recycle your iPhone

If you don’t want the risk of selling your iPhone to a stranger then there are companies that will pay you to recycle your phone with them.

Mazuma Mobile and Music Magpie are some of the more familiar names but the mobile networks are catching up to the idea too. O2 Recycle has some pretty good rates and offers a Top Price Promise. If you see your iPhone advertised for a higher price within seven days of placing your order with O2 Recycle they'll review your offer and could match the better deal.

The price you're offered will depend on the condition of your iPhone and where we are in the iPhone release cycle. Ahead of the next iPhone launch is the best time to trade in your old phone. You can expect the price to drop following the next launch as more and more handsets hit the market. 


Give your iPhone to a loved one

If you’re feeling particularly generous then you might want to earn some brownie points and pass your old iPhone on to a relative or your significant other. 

They can either keep going with their existing contract or if they have reached the end they can take out a SIM-only deal. These work in the same way as other phone contracts - you get a bundle of calls, texts and data in exchange for a fixed price each month. The beauty of SIM-only is, because you provide the phone, there is less risk for the networks so you get great allowances for less money.

SIM-only contracts also offer more flexibility as the contracts last from 30-days to 12 months. All of the mobile networks offer SIM-only so if your iPhone is unlocked you’ll be able to take your pick of the deals. Use the network images below to compare SIM deals.


If you have the money to buy iPhone SIM-free then you could also save with a SIM Only deal. You can find SIM-free phones from retailers, including John Lewis, and even some networks will sell Pay As You Go iPhones - though don't expect to find any new models on PAYG at launch. 

If you can't afford to pay all of the money in one go then giffgaff sell new iPhone models SIM-free on low interest repayment plans. Though last year their stock was limited, they did have iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models available in all colours and capacities at launch.


Repurpose your iPhone

Don’t want to part with your old iPhone? It has been a big part of your life for two years after all so if you don’t want to get rid of your trusty iPhone, or leave it sitting in a drawer, then why not put it to good use as something else.


Turn your old iPhone into a free security camera

Keep an eye on your pets while you’re at work, check your house is safe while you’re on holiday or just find out who is eating all of your biscuits. All of this is possible with Manything for iOs. You can live-stream footage, set motion alerts and cloud-record for peace of mind.

​Just download the Manything app onto your old device (the camera) and your new iPhone (the viewer) and you are good to go. Paid plans start from £1.99 a month or are free for one camera and up to four hours video storage.


Turn your iPhone into a projector

Create a cinematic experience for you and your friends by turning your smartphone into a projector. This one from comes with 8 x magnification lens and a silicone grip to hold your iPhone in place. All you need is a phone, a wall and some popcorn.


Sabre a bottle of champagne with your iPhone

Because why wouldn’t you want to use your £500 iPhone to open a bottle of Champagne? We’re guessing if you’re the sort who wants to ‘sabre’ open a bottle of champers then you probably don’t worry too much about the cost of replacing your phone – so watch this example from Business Insider, have at it, enjoy and please share your attempts with us.