So, you have recently purchased, or are planning on purchasing, a spanking new iPhone 4. The question is, what do you do with your trusty old iPhone 3G.
Before you give it away to anyone, make sure that you perform a backup and restore in iTunes to get your iPhone back to it’s default factory settings. You don’t want to be giving all your data away to somebody. You can also do a general iPhone reset as well (which can be found under Setting/General/Reset). Remember to take out your SIM card as well. A new SIM is not your responsibility.
Anyway, here are a few options:
1. Sell it for more cash to spend on Apple stuff. It’s going to have to be in relatively good condition for you to get any cash at all for it. There are a few places that you can go including general selling sites such as eBay, or Craigslist. But you can also go to CashforiPhones.com, Gazelle, NextWorth or SellYourMac. Just make sure that you shop around for the best offer and ensure that you are happy with the way that the buyer operates.
2. Give it to a parent or friend. If you are going to do this then unlocking the iPhone before you give it away might be a good idea. That way, your parent could use it with another carrier. Sure, they may not get full functionality but, hey, they still have an iPhone which can be used for loads of stuff.
3. Remote control. Install Touchpad Pro or the Apple Remote App and use it to control the Mac Mini (with screen sharing enabled) that is hooked up to your 52 inch TV. You can leave a dock near the sofa so it is always charged and keeping it on your home Wi-Fi network means you have full control.
4. Electronic Picture Frame – nuff said. Screen is probably too small for granny to look at, but a dinky little addition to your fireplace.
5. Use it as an iPod. Once you cancel your account with AT&T you are essentially left with a Wi-Fi compatible iPod touch which you can listen to music on, or connect to the iTunes store and download apps. You can purchase a music system dock for it and have it docked all the time (with Pandora playing), leaving your precious new iPhone 4 free for playing with.
6. Use it as a dedicated international phone. You can unlock it and pop in a new pre-paid SIM for another country. Take your old iPhone with you instead of your new iPhone 4 and it doesn’t really matter if anything happens to it. And best of all, you can avoid roaming and make cheap calls.
So there you go. Whatever you do, you’ll still have an awesome iPhone 4, so, who cares?
If you are old and in need of upgrading then