Old phone usage???

Hi,
I have a redundant Galaxy Note 2 phone (with a broken Sim card slot) - does anyone have any ideas what I could use it for?

I was wondering if it could somehow be used with my Raspberry Pi 2 as a touch screen.
All ideas welcome :slight_smile:

Thanks.

Have you got lots of swarfega?

Just wait, I heard some rumors one day Xojo will support Android too. . think the news leaked from last XDC.

No joke: despite a complete other technique, importance will grow and grow.

Go to the next Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships

[quote=236422:@Richard Summers]Hi,
I have a redundant Galaxy Note 2 phone (with a broken Sim card slot) - does anyone have any ideas what I could use it for?

I was wondering if it could somehow be used with my Raspberry Pi 2 as a touch screen.
All ideas welcome :slight_smile:

Thanks.[/quote]

Could practice your simcard soldiering skills :slight_smile: a replacement is only pennies… free if you take it off another simcard phone :slight_smile:

Matthew,
would be good if I knew what needed to be soldered on to where.

I know how to solder, but there are no instructions on eBay :frowning:

Sure we’d like to - eventually
But thats not the same as “Hey it’s coming soon”

Personally I’d toss the old phone - if that helps you plan for “when” :stuck_out_tongue:

So, basically my options are:

  1. Wait for the next phone throwing world championships

  2. Throw it in the trash

  3. Start soldering it, possibly resulting in it going bang

  4. Buy some swarfega, and do something unmentionable with it

Cool - I’m so glad I asked :slight_smile:

  1. send it to a recycler who might melt it down & recover what tiny bit of gold & other precious metals it contains

Ok - I have taken the back cover off, and undone all of the minute screws, but still cannot get access to the sim card slot.

Therefore - plan B:
Does anyone have any ideas what components can be recycled from a smashed up phone :slight_smile:

Why not give it to a child? It would still make an excellent pocket sized tablet to play games on even if it can’t make calls. My boys (10 and 6) both think 7" tablets are too big. Just do a factory reset to clear your data and play Santa.

or mp3 player
if it has an sdram slot, it will hold a lot more than an expensive ipod would…

[quote=236507:@Richard Summers]Matthew,
would be good if I knew what needed to be soldered on to where.

I know how to solder, but there are no instructions on eBay :([/quote]

Try this. … no soldering even needed :slight_smile:
https://youtu.be/I_tZWlf6yps

Nice - thank you Matthew.
Now I know why I couldn’t get access - I need to open the back from the front of the phone - strange but true :slight_smile:

Thank you.

Arghhhhhhh - I replaced the sim card port and it now works perfectly.
However, the microphone is now broken.

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :frowning:

Phones are not made for phone calls nowadays so there’s no need for a mic, Richard :wink:

Phones today comply to the Gilette business model : inexpensive shaver, so the money is on the blades. Phones have become disposable, and their vastly subsidised price is meant for the user to consume airtime. Preferably over contract…

I use old iPhones as home security cameras/devices running iSetury.

Ill bet there is something like it (if not iSetury itself) for Android

[quote=238597:@Richard Summers]Arghhhhhhh - I replaced the sim card port and it now works perfectly.
However, the microphone is now broken.

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :([/quote]

If you want to test out those soldering skills finally you can open it up and check the diode connecting to the microphone. It’s a known issue that it comes detached if experiencing a sharp blow to the phone (ie drop)…or… for under $6 replace the mic/charge port all-in-one ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/141485918874?ul_noapp=true&ul_ref=http%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F1%2F711-117182-37290-0%2F2%3Fmtid%3D1588%26kwid%3D1%26crlp%3D69982082769_324272%26itemid%3D141485918874%26targetid%3D124340417049%26rpc%3D0.22%26rpc_upld_id%3D60945%26rlsatarget%3Daud-151107829449%3Apla-124340417049%26device%3Dm%26mpre%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.com%252Fulk%252Fitm%252Flike%252F141485918874%253Flpid%253D82%2526chn%253Dps%26adtype%3Dpla%26loc%3D9008687%26poi%3D9008686%26campaignid%3D313895649%26adgroupid%3D20919789969%26gclid%3DCjwKEAiAwZO0BRDvxs_1w-qFnhkSJABo10ggYGib6wYe-rQDHtN5jS86G5RyH_wqoM-Q101b-1HXPBoCe8bw_wcB%26srcrot%3D711-117182-37290-0%26rvr_id%3D959927964018&chn=ps&lpid=82 ) samsungs are all “Lego-built” :slight_smile: learning to fix phones is a great skill especially when an iphone screen cracks and it really only costs $3.00 to fix ($25 with screen if the touch sensor underneath is broke)… meanwhile you’re charged $150.00+ for your carrier and even more over the long run if apple protection does it over the period of your 2+yr contract.