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Have you ever needed an inconspicuous place to store your change, cash, jewelry or anything else? If yes, then the shell phone is the solution. What is a shell phone? The shell phone is an old flip phone that has been converted into a small storage container. One advantage for using the shell phone is in the storage container’s appearance, which is guised to be an outdated flip phone. Placing items like cash or jewelry inside the shell phone, the phone can be used to trick thieves into not wanting to steal an unappealing old flip phone. Which is why I decided to create this instructable for the shell phone, which will show you how to take most old flip phones and convert the phone into an inconspicuous storage container.
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If you have decided to create a shell phone than I recommend you try and use a thicker flip phone to increase the storage capacity of the shell phone. After deciding on which old flip phone your going to use I recommend finding information on how to disassemble your specific phone on either blogs or user manuals.

I have compiled a short list of links for common old flip phones and how they can be disassembled:







The old flip phone I chose to create this shell phone was a Motorola V551 and the tools that were needed are shown in picture and listed below:

- Torx T6 screwdriver

- Small flat head screwdriver

- Metal file

- Exacto knife or Box cutter

- Super glue

- Clamp

- Hacksaw

Difficulty level: Beginner

Time= ~Hour
That's a sweet idea! Now I just need an old flip phone :)
zhyder2008 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you! I was worried that this idea might have been a couple years too late and people would have thrown their old flip phones away already.
thrown. away? :-( still - using - mine. *sigh*
Same here... I spend less than $50/year on minutes with a pay-as-you-go plan, and have NO interest in spending at least that much per MONTH on a fancy multi-function "Smart" 'phone!
In our area, you can donate old 'phones to a battered women's' shelter; as long as a 'phone has a charge, it can be used to call 911 (police/emergency) FREE. If a 'phone still works, that's what I'd recommend...
I'm with you -_- lol!
BinoFaata1 year ago
What the glue do you using?Sorry for bad english:)
Goldmann0992 years ago
cool idea tho would be better suited as a hide-a-key
I like that idea! Maybe add a magnet into the top portion after removing the screen and stick it somewhere sneaky!
tjchop2 years ago
Good Idea zhyder
tjchop2 years ago
It could be used to carry medication also.
Mishra2882 years ago
I had a suggestion. You could alternately use a dremel or exacto knife to cut out the battery compartment, leaving it intact enough to still use the cover. The phone would then still have the keypad and look more authentic.
letsgoharry2 years ago
add on the end of your instruction:
Then fill the empty space with cotton. This way even If a thief will take it in hand hi can NOT hear or feel any UNUSUAL sound or movement inside the phone.
I have bought outdated cell phones complete with chargers at second-hand stores. I usually use these to let my grandchildren play games on "real phones" (hence leaving my real cell phone alone!), but I have also disassembled them and used them for discreetly storing small items such as you describe. I have also traded good books, CDs, etc. for old cell phones whose owners had planned to use them for credit toward a new phone.

I scrounge non-working electronics, outfit the grandkids or my students with eye protection and leather gloves when indicated, then remind them of safe tool use and let them take apart the electronics to see what is inside and whether they can repair them or combine parts to create something new. This always excites them; it also stimulates increased attention span, fine motor skills, social skills and cooperation, discovery, and creativity.

Thank you for this great user-friendly 'ible!
Ali8bongo2 years ago
Great Idea, I am going to have a look around now to see if I can find an old phone lying around somewhere :)
Make sure you don't accidentally steal someone else's coin flip phone - they may have already tried this instructable!
zhyder2008 (author)  Ali8bongo2 years ago
Thank you!
niki31b2 years ago
Cool post! I bet an old Motorola Razr could be converted into a business card case using these steps!
already done it with my old Razr.
why would anyone want to steal your change?
hjjusa2 years ago
Excellent idea, I was wondering what to do with my old cell phone.
zhyder2008 (author)  hjjusa2 years ago
Thank you I felt the same way with my old flip phone!
abbtech2 years ago
Good idea. One of those first Motorola ones would be great for this since they were huge.
zhyder2008 (author)  abbtech2 years ago
Thanks!! Your right I forgot about those really old Motorola's I will have to get my hands on one.
furthuron2 years ago
i really like this idea!! you just wouldnt want to carry your real phone on you too if there was actually something of importance in there.
zhyder2008 (author)  furthuron2 years ago
Thank you!! and yes I agree having both your phone and the shell phone would be a bad idea if you were getting robbed.