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About your old cell phone... Did You Know?

phone1My old Galaxy S3 was no longer holding a charge long enough to be useful to me anymore. Those of you who know me know that I can't seem to throw anything away that I can re-purpose and I figured there has to be a use for a phone that they say is more powerful than the computer systems first used in space capsules. After all it does still have a calculator in it, a camera, and most important of all my cribbage game application!

Even though I had already purchased a new phone and ported my phone number to the new phone I was curious as to what this phone could still do. Keep in mind the phone was/is now off grid as far as it's not on any type of plan with any carrier.

Much to my surprise you can still tun on the wifi and access the internet! Wellphone app if you can access the internet then you can download apps and I remember downloading an app that made an old tablet work as a phone. So why not make my non-activated phone work like a phone?

I downloaded the app and what do you know... it works!

So now, what I was paying $40.00 for a month, I have phone service for free.

Of course I did NOT deactivate my new phone as it has it has features I want but with this discovery I have a back-up phone I can use it I lose or break my new phone. I could also leave my old phone in the car or camper for emergencies as well.

free appJust to make sure this was not a fluke I dug out a really old flip phone and tried it. Yup, this phone that had been inactive for years could still access the internet. Yes it could still download the app. Yes it could still make phone call with the app (to the left) to make phone calls as if it were still on an expensive phone plan.

Who knew???

If someone did know they sure didn't tell me about it but that's why I'm telling you.

WARD COUNTY NOTARY SERVICES

ROBERT L. TIMM, OWNER

201 Main Street South, Suite 116

 Minot North Dakota 58701

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Comment balloon 26 commentsBob "RealMan" Timm • December 07 2019 06:55PM

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Bob,

Love your idea of repurposing.  This is not something either one of us would do, and I admire you for it.  Apple has a trade in program, and they gave me $400 towards my new phone...We all have our ways, which is is fascinating about humans.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 7 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I totally support the idea of a trade in program and wish that all companies/couriers did as Apple does.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Good afternoon Bob "RealMan" Timm -  no question.  You are the inventor of our group.  That is how new inventions happen!

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 7 months ago

I did not know-until now.  I  sure will remember this and pass it along.

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) 7 months ago

Bob "RealMan" Timm Wondrous sneaky and I love it.

Posted by Lauren Williams, CPO, CVO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes (Casual Uncluttering LLC) 7 months ago

Thanks Grant Schneider , I love finding work-arounds.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

I hope you know someone who can use it Rose Mary Justice .

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Thank you Lauren Williams, CPO 

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Hi Bob- Larry and I hate adding to the landfill problem too. We took his old Samsung and with the Alfred app use it as a security camera.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 7 months ago

Bob "RealMan" Timm it is a great idea, I can use my previous Samsung phone as an extra in case I have problem with my current phone.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 7 months ago

Morning Bob.

Well this is one of the many reasons I dance in the Rain on a daily basis, learned something new, thanks

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 7 months ago

Good morning Bob. My grandson is using my old phone with apps. Does not need to make calls yet, he is only 18 months and not talking yet. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

Hello Bob - repurpose - recycle - reuse.  You are living the good life!

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 7 months ago

That's exactly what I'm doing John Pusa .

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Glad to be of assistance James Dray (Professor Bob)

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Hi Bob... I started "leasing" my phones years ago. I get a free upgrade every year and normally do so about every 15-18 months. Just upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy 10+ from my 8+ this week. I have an old Galaxy 5 in a drawer, just in case... but have yet to need to pull it out. Great ingenuity on your part in repurposing your old phone.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 7 months ago

Wayne Martin , 18 months and he's not making calls YET!

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

I am living the good life Michael Jacobs 

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Oh, that's a cool idea Kathy Streib , I gotta try that.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Thanks Bob for sharing such wonderful information.  I have several old phones that needed a purpose :)

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) 7 months ago

You are welcome Ricki Eichler McCallum . I actually went on a hunt around my house to find old phones to set the rest of them up like this. One was to old for this trick 

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

These phone are powerful. We reuse, recycle and re-purpose as much as possible. I think we send our old phones somewhere to be reused. Of course, that is after we wipe our old info from them.

Posted by Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) 6 months ago

Thanks for mentioning that Carla Freund as I know I have seen recycling programs as well. If I remember correctly, at one time. The UPS Store collected them and they reconditioned them to give to veterans.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 6 months ago

Dear Bob,

Very smart. No need to take the fancy phone out to the back country then. No significant tower availability in some areas anyhow.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 6 months ago

Dörte Engel that would be a great idea to keep one in the camper. Thanks!

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 6 months ago

Hi Bob, what a great discovery!! I am getting all my old Blackberrys out and repurposing them.  I miss Brickbreaker~~! ha.  Thank you

Posted by John Henry, Florida Architect, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 6 months ago

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