What to do with your now defunct old iPhone 3GS and 4

// October 10, 2011
Iphone 4 vs iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4SThe new iPhone has been revealed to the world and has been available for preorder since the 7th of October. Come next week, specifically the 14th and the general public will start getting their preordered devices. At this point in time many existing iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 users will be waiting for their new iPhone 4S and will be thinking what to do with their soon to be redundant phone. Well not to worry, there are many options that these users can choose from to still keep their old phones a part of their daily life.

The first and most obvious answer to this predicament would be to just keep this phone as a backup device for a day when by any chance your new phone might not be working. Upgrade the operating system to iOS 5 and just keep the phone in a drawer.

The next option would be to use the old phone as an iPod Touch. Even if you don’t renew the contract with your service provider for this old phone it can be used to access the internet via Wi-Fi and can run iOS applications. No need for buying a music player.

But if by any chance you don’t want to keep this phone there are still more options available for you to think of, trade in this old phone by going to an Apple store or to your service provider. Apple was offering up to $200 for a mildly used iPhone 4 in its Reuse and Recycling program, the $200 is given in the form of an Apple Gift card and not in currency form. Verizon Wireless, AT&T and even Sprint which has not offered the iPhone on its network before are offering up to $210 on any returned old iPhone 4.

You can also sell your old phone on third party websites like eBay and Craigslist. But be sure to have backed up and erase all your personal data from the phone before putting your phone up for sale. Data can be erased from the phone by going to Setting then General and then pressing the Reset button.

The best option for tech loving people would be to jailbreak their old iPhone so that they can transfer files between their computer and iPhone by accessing the phones file system. You can also use your iPhone abroad without incurring any roaming charges and will be able to hook up your iPhone to a TV or projector with the correct cable.


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