7 reasons not to trash an old phone


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In our culture of constant upgrades, it’s easy to accumulate a small pile of electronics. In fact, Swedish tech firm Ericsson recently estimated that U.S. households on average own 5.2 Internet-connected devices.

But what happens when you’re ready to move on from your device? The next big thing comes out, and you don’t know what to do with your old, small device. When you upgrade, it’s tempting to just trash your old cellphone, but that’s not the best option.

Here are seven reasons why tossing your old phone is a bad idea — and some advice on what you can do instead.

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