1. Give it to your kids: No toy has ever been as appealing to a kid as an iPhone. They are shiny and have games.
2. Use it as a tiny iPad: You’ll be able to watch videos, send email and search Wikipedia for random facts, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. There’s even a camera.
3. Donate it: Several charities accept old phones, though these groups likely won’t physically give your old phones to people in need. Rather, they work with recyclers and sell donated phones to them. A nonprofit called Cell Phones for Soldiers takes “gently used” phones and sells them to recycler ReCellular. It will then use the proceeds to buy calling cards for soldiers. .
4. Sell it: There will likely be a flood of the gadgets soon after people start getting their new phones, so it might make sense to wait a little. A company called Gazelle will make an offer for your old phone based on its condition, your carrier and other factors. A 32-gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon Wireless, for example, was recently going for $237 if it’s in good condition and $90 if it’s broken. Glyde.com also offers to help you resell your old phone.
5. Trade in at GameStop: The video game retailer offers cash or store credit for old iPhones (along with iPods and iPads). The service is available only in stores. A 32-gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon will get you up to $335 in-store credit or up to $268 in cash.
6. Stream music: Stick that baby in a speaker dock, and spring for a Pandora subscription ($36 per year) or Spotify ($10 per month).
7. Keep as a backup: Nearly a third of phone owners have had their gadgets lost or stolen, according to Pew Internet & Pew Internet & American Life Project.
8. Use as a camera: At its core, a decommissioned iPhone is a hard drive with a camera.
9. Recycle with Apple: Apple’s recycling program will give you an Apple gift card for phones that have a “monetary value.” A 32-gigabyte iPhone 4S with light scratches but in good working condition was recently estimated at $280.