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I have my wife's old smart phone to take pics of parts and equipment before disassembly. It doesn't matter if it breaks. It doesn't have cell service but it does have Wi-Fi service. This allows me to download diagrams, search the net for parts, eBay, Craigslist, even post for sale on Craigslist. I can receive email through Wi-Fi. I can back up pics and diagrams to a Micro SD card. I don't have my good phone outside, in the dirt, in the garage. The downside, if I misplace it, I can't call myself to find it!
 

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Good idea. We don't have cell coverage here so when a friend offered me his old phone I laughed, but I took it anyway. You are right, I can check my e-mail out in the shed etc + there seems to be free wi-fi everywhere in town.

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do you still have to pay a monthly fee? i am the only person in America that does not have a smart phone.

have a trac phone for emergencies but can't justify what my kids pay for a smart phone. . $80 a month?
 

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do you still have to pay a monthly fee? i am the only person in America that does not have a smart phone.
For what JL is referring to, no, you dont have to pay any fee.

Your *old* smart phone, the one you are no longer using for phone service, can still be used as a camera, and it can still hook up to your home wifi, which means it can still connect to the internet. Basically, it becomes a tiny computer and camera, which can connect to the internet, and do everything except make a phone call. You dont need to pay extra for any of that, assuming you already have home wifi, which most people do these days.

Consider it a tiny Android tablet or iPad, with no phone service. If you dont have and dont want a smart phone, you could still buy (very cheap, ebay) an old Android phone and use it in this way..

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I use a program called "WE CHAT" that will allow you to make calls over wifi. Only works if someone at the other end has the same app. I call China with it all the time, and it works great.
 

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An old smart phone can definitely be handy. I dropped back to my old smartphone when my current one had a problem, and needed to be repaired. Otherwise I would have been scrambling a bit.

And along the lines of what jsup mentioned, you can put apps on it that would let it receive at least some sort of calls, even if it was something like Skype, or other chat/conference services. Just to be able to make it ring.

I have Lookout installed on mine, partially for security. But Lookout (which is free) also has a function to help you locate your missing phone (using the phones GPS, and a data connection, like WiFi). And you can also have it play a loud sound on the missing phone, to help you find it if it's nearby. So there are definitely things you could do to help find it, as long as the phone was still connected to a WiFi network.
 

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I believe you can use other services like Google Voice through Wifi to call out to any phone number, and you'll have a number assigned by Google that people can call you at as well. All for free when on Wifi.
 

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As for phone service for emergencies, I use prepaid. Here in Canada I use Petro Canada Mobility. I buy the $25 pin codes that are good for up to 120 days. That works out to about $75 a year. Otherwise yes, old smartphones are becoming handy for various things too. It's just a small flat computer with a camera. I have one set up as a medication reminder for the wife (a smart alarm clock). There is an app that allows you to turn it into a wireless security camera and sensor. Think outside the box, and old ones can often be had for cheap or even free.
 

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I bought one of those $8 Ebay bore-o-scopes that plugs into my cell phone. Freaking thing works awesome! It had a 20" 'wand' and a light controlled by an downloadable app. I have to download the program to my old 'Droid so I can leave it in the tool box.
 

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I also have an endoscope I bought over Amazon for $30 or so. It's wireless and connects to my tablet or smart phone through an app. I can see inside walls, see what dropped behind the dresser! Inside sewer pipes, waterproof so it can go inside the toilet too! Remove the spark plug and look inside the engine.

I bought one of those $8 Ebay bore-o-scopes that plugs into my cell phone. Freaking thing works awesome! It had a 20" 'wand' and a light controlled by an downloadable app. I have to download the program to my old 'Droid so I can leave it in the tool box.
 
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