When my phone slipped out of my hand and the screen shattered (exhibit H, lower right), becoming instantly useless, I scrambled to find an old phone that would work in the meantime.
I went to that box (the “someday, I’m going to be glad I saved that pink flip phone!” box), and found almost all the phones I’ve ever had.
The clutch of old phones got me thinking about electronic waste.
I resentfully entered into cell phone ownership in the late 2000s (pink flip phone), and, like cars, used my phones until they expired (which didn’t bode well for my current project), and with no hunger for cutting edge technology (as might be apparent).
So even with a very non-disposable attitude towards phones, I’ve gone through 11 phones. Three are not pictured. There was a silver LG flip phone (best phone ever!) that was impervious to all kinds of abuse, and I passed on to someone else for whom it continued to go and go. Oh, the days of T9 texting. The tenth was another LG, the chastity belt phone, that refused to unlock for any coercion and became a camera. And one got lost in the woods.
I started charging phones. Two of these don’t take a SIM card, so although they function, they were obsoletized, alas (someday…that pink phone will have its day, again). Which would be the one that could get me through this pinch? Maybe a blackberry? Between the two of them, one complete blackberry is present, but it doesn’t talk to the network. The iphone was hopeful. Elegant phone, totally functional but for a broken internal antenna – garbage. First LG touchscreen – total digital screen failure – kaput.
The Samsung on the end worked like a charm, yay! The reason it got retired has not yet become apparent. I’m about to buy phone #12.
I (self-identified resistor of phone consumption) am at an average of a phone every two years, which is about average (my attitude affects nothing). All those pounds of waste! Times billions of people, times all the years to come that we will continue to consume cell phones!
I’m also not doing anything useful by keeping my phone collection other than hoarding precious metals in an inaccessible form. I need to get these recycled.