From a universal TV remote to a homemade baby monitor, the options are endless.

Christmas is creeping up on us quickly, and a new phone might be at the very top of your list. But what do you do with your old one?

Many of us may render it useless and leave it to die in a drawer somewhere, but we’ve got a few more innovative ideas for you…

Turn it into a TV remote.

Losing the TV remote is too easy. We’ve all experienced the stress of throwing cushions around the living room and stretching our arms under the sofa trying to find it. So, this Christmas why not turn your old phone into a universal remote for your smart TV.

When we do find the remote, we spend far too long using the arrows on it to input one letter at a time, desperately trying to find the programme we are looking for. If you put a letter in wrong, you’re pressing the arrows again to try and find the delete button – it’s agonising.

The same goes for typing in passwords, you click on your Netflix account and have the gruelling task of spending ages typing in your password. At least if you transform your old phone into a TV remote, you’ll have a full keyboard that you can use.

Someone holding an iPhone in front of an Apple TV.
You'll never moan about losing the remote again!

There are lots of apps you can download to control Chromecast and Roku devices, Vizio and Amazon Fire TVs or you can get a universal remote app to cover all devices. At least this way, if you lose the remote, you’ve got a spare one to hand.

Create your own baby monitor.

There are many new fancy baby monitors out there, but what if we told you that you can make your own out of your old phone… There are apps out there that let you keep an eye on your sleeping baby, so why not save yourself some money this Christmas.

If you’re an Android user, you can download lots of different apps such as AtHome Camera, Baby Cam, Dormi and more. These apps will allow you to connect multiple devices, adjust noise levels and engage in two-way communication. If your baby starts crying, they will notify you so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Have we got your attention? Take a look at the Baby Cam app in action.

AtHome camera: Android | iOS

Baby Cam: Android

Dormi: Android

Bag yourself a top SIM only deal.

We’ve got some fantastic SIM only deals that are perfect for your old phone. So, whether you’re passing it down to the kids or keeping it as a spare, you won’t have to fork out to get good use out of it.

Whether you’re looking for unlimited data, 5G data or just a handy amount, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top SIM only deals that you can bag yourself today.

Unlimited 5G data on Three only £18 a month

20GB data on EE only £18 a month

8GB 5G data on Three only £8 a month

Trade it in with our partner.

We’ve teamed up with WeBuyAnyPhone so that you can bag yourself some extra cash for Christmas when you trade in your old phone. Here are the simple steps you can follow:

1)     Visit our partner’s website.

2)     Search for the phone you want to sell.

3)     Send it to us in a freepost pack.

4)     We’ll pay you within five days.

A screenshot of the WeBuyAnyPhone website homepage.
Getting a little extra cash this Christmas has never been simpler. 

There are many reasons to trade your phone in this Christmas from free postage to online price guarantee plus, it’s never been easier!

What will you do with yours?

There are lots of cool and creative ideas that let you make full use of your old phone. You can improve your movie nights and create your own TV, listen out for your baby from downstairs and even bag yourself some extra cash – so, what will you do with yours?