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(Tulsa World (OK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 22--Modern smartphones are disposable technology.
As technological advances slow, we might get to the point that a device is "good enough" to be worth hanging onto for longer amounts of time, but for now upgrading every two years or so gets you a better phone.
That creates a problem -- what do you do with the old phone? Here are some ideas:
Wipe it. When getting rid of your phone, you don't want the new owner to get your personal information as a bonus. Go into your settings and hit the option that erases all the data before you let it go.
But that doesn't mean you have to lose your data. All of the major phone platforms, including Apple, Android and Windows Phone, allow you to save basic phone information and app purchase records in their accounts.
For iPhones, iTunes should carry nearly all your other files automatically. For other phones, you can transfer your files to your computer via USB cable or to a cloud service such as DropBox via Wi-Fi.
Sell it. Many smartphones hold a surprising amount of value after two years, especially iPhones. That's because the price you likely paid is the subsidized price, which gives you big discounts to keep you with a specific carrier.
The unsubsidized price of a phone is typically hundreds of dollars higher.
Before you assume your old phone is worthless, search online to see how much the unsubsidized version is worth. With luck, selling your old phone might cover most of the cost of an in-contract upgrade.
Be warned that not all phones hold onto their value equally. If you've got a Facebook Home-loaded HTC First, you probably won't get much.
Keep it as an emergency backup. You might have the beefiest case out there, but accidents still happen. Keeping your old model around could give you a little peace of mind.
The old phone might not be able to do what your new one can, but at least you can make phone calls and do basic searches without having to shell out for an unsubsidized phone.
Recycle it. If your old phone has no value to you, consider putting the materials to good use instead of leaving it in a closet or adding it to a landfill.
There are two good choices for e-recycling in Tulsa. Metropolitan Environmental Trust will take items at its Central Tulsa Center at 3495 S. Sheridan Road, and Natural Evolution is a long-time e-cycler at 5701 E. 13th St.
App of the Week: Shake (iOS)
Ah, legal transactions. The words simple and quick never seem to apply, do they? That makes Shake a fascinating addition to the app world.
It's designed to let you create and sign legally binding documents on your iPhone.
Shake gives you a number of templates for documents, such as ones for freelancing, confidentiality, renting, lending money and more, with just a few options to fill in the important terms. Then the document can be signed on the phone or emailed.
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BlackBerry shows signs of life with Z30, BBM apps
Although rumors that BlackBerry will sell itself are flying, the company doesn't intend to go down without a fight. This week it announced a new flagship phone and will bring BlackBerry Messenger to iOS and Android.
The Z30, which doesn't yet have a price or release date, doesn't deviate much from the Z10 for the most part. It has a minor processor bump to dual-core 1.7 GHz, and it'll be the first phone to have whatever version 10.2 of BB 10 OS will bring.
The one big difference is the larger 5-inch screen. This is a good move because Android phones at that size have sold well. But BlackBerry's platform has bigger problems than screen size.
And as much as I'd like BlackBerry Messenger to bring the struggling company more business, the move to multiplatform is a painful admission of defeat. Back when the name BlackBerry was synonymous with smartphones, BlackBerry Messenger was one of the platform's secret weapons. It was the first smartphone messaging service, and businessmen loved keeping in contact on the go.
Now? BlackBerry Messenger will be just one of dozens of messaging services out there. And most of those don't have BlackBerry's reputation of occasional crippling worldwide outages. I'm glad the company's making an effort, but I can't see this doing much to turn things around.
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