Did you upgrade your iPhone, iPad or iPod this holiday season? If so, you might be wondering what to do with your old device, and while we've already given you quite a few options for reselling and recycling your used electronics, here's another idea: turn your old iOS device into a home security system--for free!
Christmastime has come and passed, and chances are you've got some new gadgets to show for it. But before you get lost in that new phone, tablet or laptop, you've got to figure out what to do with your old devices.
Remember that 2009 iPhone commercial which claimed the (then new) smartphone had an app for everything? It might have seemed silly back then, but here in 2014, we really do have an app for everything--including holiday fun!
Holiday travel is always a headache, and a pricey one at that. Flying is expensive, but it's airport prices that really grind my gears. No matter how many times I experience it, I will never think paying $8.50 for a Big Mac, or $7 for a bottle of water is OK.
Following the announcement of its 12/13/14 weekend sale, Walmart has slashed the prices on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to $129 and $229 respectively with the purchase of a two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. It's also cut prices on the older generation iPhone 5s, which is selling for just $49 with a two-year contract!
You've no doubt been doing a bit of online shopping in preparation for the holidays, so getting an order confirmation email from a store like Target, Home Depot, Walmart or Costco most likely wont set off any alarm bells for you.
On Monday, Apple rolled out yet another perk of living in the modern age: Apple Pay. No longer will the shoppers of the world have to pull out their wallets and laboriously swipe their credit cards to make a purchase. No, the payment of the future can be made with just a tap of a smartphone.
With the iPhone 6 ready to be unveiled in August, we're starting to see serious discounts on Apple's current models.
Here's the breakdown: the iPhone 5s is currently discounted to $99.99 on Sprint and Verizon (sorry, AT&T customers - it's still $199.99 for you). In conjunction with this, Best Buy is offering guaranteed trade-in values for used iPhones - as long as they're in working condition with no water damage or screen cracks.
Guaranteed Trade-in Minimums
Of course, customers need to be eligible for a device upgrade to take advantage of this offer. It's also worth noting that these prices apply to the 16GB models of the 5s. Those looking to upgrade to the more expensive 32 or 64GB models on Verizon and Sprint will still get a price break, though, as Best Buy is discounting them each $100 through May 11.
Let's face it, when it comes to filling up landfills there is almost nothing worse than old electronics. Not only are they usually made of non-biodegradable plastics that can do some serious ecological damage; some electronics, such as LCD screens in laptops and HDTVs, contain mercury, which should never be thrown away with the regular trash. It's always a good idea to recycle your old electronics. It's even better to make some money doing it! That in mind, you could get $20 from Best Buy by trading in your old gear.
From now until April 26th, the retailer is awarding a $20 Best Buy Gift Card for any device that is able to be turned on and works. It did not have to be purchased from Best Buy, though some exclusions may apply (very old tube TVs, for example). But even if it's not working, they will still take your old electronics and recycle them for free. You can learn more about their recycling program here and find out what times of items they take.
Either way, you will be doing a good thing!