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    Uses for old cell phones?

    Over the past few years, my wife and I have accumulated quite a few cell phones. Half of them are broken and no longer functional, but they all have working LCD screens and good batteries. I have a good background in electronics from classes I took in college, but it has been quite a while since I've put that knowledge to use. I have a digital oscilloscope and lots of salvaged ICs and components so I would like to try to build something useful with the old cell phone parts. Does anybody know of some projects that I could do that involve recycling old phone LCDs?

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    Re: Uses for old cell phones?

    http://transistor-man.com/unknown_LCD.html

    Maybe this will get you started?
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    Re: Uses for old cell phones?

    Donate the ones that have any use as phones, and they may end up in a shelter for women.
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    Re: Uses for old cell phones?

    Take the batteries and glue them to the back of cheap mp3 players. Solder wires to the internal battery. Massive battery life for listening to 2-hour linux podcasts.

    A water-logged iTouch that I found at a park gave up it's battery to my nokia n800. 6-8 hours of use vs 4 hours.
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    Re: Uses for old cell phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by coolbrook View Post
    Donate the ones that have any use as phones, and they may end up in a shelter for women.
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    Re: Uses for old cell phones?

    Donating the functional phones is a good idea, but what about the broken ones?

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    Re: Uses for old cell phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by hambone79 View Post
    Donating the functional phones is a good idea, but what about the broken ones?
    Other manufacturers may not have things like this and I'm not sure whether Nokia accepts non-Nokia phones, but I'm guessing that they do accept.

    http://www.nokiausa.com/get-support-...ecycle/recycle
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