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Recyle Old iPhone

The best ways to sell, trade in, recycle, or donate your old mobile phone

01 Jun 2020


amaysim's tech geek

New phones are exciting! They’re full of new hardware, exciting new features, faster results, and fancy new cameras. But you’re stuck with your old phone that’s mostly useless at this point.

There’s no working sim card in it so it’s effectively just an MP3 player again. You could always use it as a backup phone if your new one breaks or get a data-only SIM so it can be used for emergencies or gaming.

Just remember, before you do get rid of an old phone to remove any personal information from it.

How to sell old mobile phones

Buying a new phone is often expensive! A little extra cash from selling your old phone can make buying a new one a lot easier. You can sell your phone yourself on eBay or Facebook Marketplace or take it to a specialised store that can exchange a mobile phone for cash.

If your old iPhone is collecting dust, sell it and put those savings towards a new phone or towards something else you need. Most of the time, the person who buys your old phone makes better use of it than you would.

How to trade in an old mobile phone

Trading in your old phone is a great way to get rid of a device that’s just going to be junk while also saving some money. Each retailer will have different offers on trade-ins, but you can save hundreds of dollars by trading in your old phone when you buy a new one. If you trade in an old iPhone for a new one, you could save up to $560.

If you’re an Android user, check out their Trade Up offers before thinking about buying a Samsung Galaxy outright.

To learn how to trade in an iPhone or an old Android device, be sure to chat with the sales associate at the store where you’re buying your new phone.

Make sure you transfer all your data across to your new phone or back it up on a cloud service if you don’t want to lose any of your photos, contacts, and information.

You can also trade in an old phone towards a new iPad or tablet instead of a new phone. Our data-only plans are perfect for tablets!

How to recycle an old phone

Recycling glass, plastic, and paper is common, but phone recycling is an option too! Figuring out how to recycle your mobile phones doesn’t have to be complicated. Check out Planet Ark (one of the best sources for mobile phone recycling and all other types of recycling) to recycle your phone.

Of course, you can always recycle your phone by giving it new life with a new owner too. I’m sure a little brother or sister has been begging for your old iPhone 7 that’s just sitting in your cupboard.

How to donate an old phone

Just because you can’t use your old phone anymore doesn’t mean someone else can’t. Some services will take old mobile phones for charity and give them to people in need to help them stay connected with loved ones. People who might be able to afford a monthly sim only plan but don't have the resource to buy a handset could benefit from an old phone that’s just a paperweight to you now.

With your old phone, they can have a functioning mobile phone that can help them achieve their goals.

Donating an old phone to a mobile phone recycling charity is a great way to give back to a community and help someone else. You can even choose the charity that will benefit from your donated phone, from Australian Zoos to Cancer Council.

If you’re interested in finding a plan to suit your needs (maybe you just got someone else’s old phone), check out our range of mobile plans.

If you’re thinking about repurposing your old device, a long expiry mobile plan is a great option. With a one-off upfront payment, you’re able to use tons of data for either 6 months or a year before needing to recharge again!


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.