old phone? Answered

Today i was given a old phone. but its certainly a different phone, it has a cord, but the end on the cord is the same as one from a internet cord, but when i plug it in to a computer it has no effect. i think it might be a 'bag phone', all i know is its made by motorola. instead of trying to figure it out, i figured i would strip it down for parts, but other than the speakers, microphone, leds and a magnetic reed switch there isnt much. one thing that really interests me is the lcd screen it has, there arent very many pins connecting it to the board, it has a microship embedded of the back of the lcd board, covered in that wierd glue. does anyone know how i can reuse the lcd? would i need an arduino for it?

Question by zack247 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Ideas for old phone?

My parents were cleaning out the attic, and they found an old phone. it is like the one in the picture only without the rotary thing (it has buttons). So they gave it to me to take appart. Any ideas for what I could use it for?

Question by schoonovermr 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Old Cell Phones?

We have two old bag cell phones that still work, but are analog. Is there a way of using them to communicate with each other like walk-y talk-y

Question by emit 10 years ago


Old Screen

Hello, i have a question and this is definitely the place to ask! So I wanted a thing that vibrates so i opened up an old cell phone that i meant to throw away, but when i opened it i thought i could find a use for its screen as well so the question is what can i do with a screen from an old nokia 6610

Topic by thecreatorst 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


USB to Phone

Is there a way to take an old USB cable and old cell phone charger and turn them into a Phone USB plug so you can plug it into your computer and upload ringtones and such?

Topic by kris142 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


old junk

I have tons of old junk like phones and parts of a computer and i just want to make something any ideas?

Topic by fishing4life13 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


old junk

I have tons of old junk like phones and parts of a computer and i just want to make something any ideas?

Topic by fishing4life13 12 years ago


Old Rotary Dial Phone

Hello. I wanted to ask if someone could help me to connect an old rotary phone to the pc. I would like to make it hit the ring, and if it were possible to hear any sound recording. I have no knowledge about such things, it is possible to do so? This is a translation of google thank you very much

Topic by erdosain9 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Uses for old cell phones? Answered

I found a cell phone in good condition in the trash. What can I do with it, it charges up. I don't want to sell it and I don't use TMobile. Anything fun I can do with it?

Question by buffysissy1 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Old Cell Phone Use

I'm new to hacking and modding. I have an old Samsung camera phone, not connected to service and without a smart card. Is there any way I can use it as a digital camera or use its other features without the smart card?

Topic by theglove 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Salvaging an Old Phone Parts

I have an Old Sony Xperia Z3 and used it for couple of weeks. Unfortunately I forgot to cover its port, got wet inside and broke. I wonder if I can still use its parts like the Camera, Speakers, Mic to a new project? Anyone expert in this kind of field?

Question by richardaguilar0305 9 months ago  |  last reply 9 months ago


Reuse of old mobile

I am using a mobile phone  tracker site to track my car in case it is stolen.  I wanted to adapt the old mobile phone by stripping it down to essentials to ensure that the sim signal was still running but there was no need for the display / keyboard.  Is there an instructable or website that offers advice on how to do that? The phones are old nokia phones so not worried if they get trashed.

Topic by carter54 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Phone Headset

I would swear I saw an Instructable on this somewhere, but now I can't find it. I have an old corded telephone that I want to rewire. I just want to take the actual handheld part and attach it to a standard 2.5mm stereo output, such that I could either plug it into a cell phone and have a giant cool headset, or use it with my speaker/mic splitter to do VoIP-type work on the computer. Do phone cords have standard colored wires? Am I just going to have to figure it out myself? The headset has a standard 4-contact CAT-1 phone jack, and I want to take one end off a phone cord and replace it with a 2.5mm plug.

Topic by CameronSS 12 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


phone into a microphone

I was thinking about trying to turn an old phone into a microphone for a music performance or something? correct me if im wrong and i probably am but, a small crap microphone is a telephone would work would it? i was thinking if i left the whole phone in tact but made the cord come from the phone base into a microphone jack, how would i connect a microphone jack that has 5 legs to a 2 wire phone microphone? it couldnt be done could it? It would work if i just bought a crappy microphone and moved and fitted it into a telephone so it has all the circuit or what ever else is in one already in it I apologize if most of that doesn't make sence

Topic by craig3 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


is it possible to use old nokia phone as an bluetooth phone?

First of all ,english isnt my native language so im not perfect in it my question is is there any possibility to use old nokia phones as an bluetooth phone receiver? im using xperia z5 and i got two nokia e71 with me what i actually need is a method to use old nokia phones as an blueetooth headset..

Question by king001001 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


What is this thing?

I picked this up for 5 bucks at a garage sale. It looks like an old phone device but the part you would speak and listen into is missing. The one label that it has is too damaged for me to read it. Any ideas on what this is?

Question by WhatWasIthinking 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Old Laptop and Cell Phone (for parts)

If anyone is interested I can provide specifics, but I have an old phone and a PC with one unfixable part that renders that it useless (outside a group of tinkerers), and I'm hoping to make some extra money. It's in perfect condition, aside from this one little wire. I'll sell it for cheap, so don't be shy to ask. Hope we can help each other out!

Topic by gallimaufry13 5 years ago


cell phone flash

So i have this old broken cell phone , i think all of it works but its no longer connectable , the body and the screen . it has flash so i thought to somehow make a little flash that i could just flash around for fun , and maybe some other cool stuff with old phone ? thanks

Topic by avatardub 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What To Do With Old Cell Phones?

My dad has a couple of old cell phones sitting in a drawer, and I'm wondering what I should do with them. Other than recycling them. Techie stuff I guess. One of them is a Samsung SCH-N150, the other is a Nokia from the late 90's I think, but I can't get the battery out so I can't see the model number (it's usually under it).

Topic by Aeshir 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


where can I get old cellphones?

For a project where I am working on, I need some old cellular phones, but I cant find them. does someone know where I can  get them? if possible for free. thanks in advance!

Question by bobiebob 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Phone Gong Ringers

I've been wondering, does anyone happen to know if the gong ringers inside old phones (those loud and annoying bell ringers) have been standardized over the years? And if so, what note are they tuned to? Right now, all of the one's I have lying around sound about the same. I've been thinking about searching for my old guitar tuner and trying to figure out a more exact tuning with that, but I'd figure I would ask first. This seems like the pointless sort of knowledge someone here must posess.

Topic by randofo 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


what can I do with an old razor phone?

I have a cell phone that I can text on but its broken. Can someone tell me how to use this old razor to take the place of that one. I am contracted with straight talk (Walmart brand).

Question by sharrison6 7 years ago


can leds be connected to a phone/phone line? Answered

i have an old red baker lite phone and would like to put some leds inside so that when the phone rings it lights up (like the bat phone) could this be worked of the voltage of the phone line or would a relay have to be involved with batteries i`v not take the phone apart yet to so have a look if any 1 has done some thing similar

Question by andybuda 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Bluetooth to landline phone

Hello, I would like to use the bluetooth headset I use with my cell phone for my landline phone at home. There are oodles of instructions out there on how to hack headsets to put them into old phones, I am looking for the opposite. Apparently Jabra used to make something that could have got me started (I believe it was called an A210) but that doesn't seem to be sold any longer. There are some wireless phones out there that incorporate bluetooth, but why add a battery operated wireless phone to a wireless headset - the bluetooth range would give me what I need to stay unencumbered. I have an old cell I could hack apart but I suspect that it would be tricky to get its bluetooth hacked into the analog phone line... Any thoughts? berserk

Topic by berserk 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Making a button camera out of an old phone?

Does anyone know how to make a button camera using the camera out of an old cell phone, not neccesarely old but a phone that has a camera in it . Particuarally a Chocolate 3 if it varies at all.

Question by Runninja 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can I connect a cell phone to an old touchtone landline phone?

I want to connect my cell phone to an old 70's touchtone landline phone. Can this be done. I know you can connect a reciever to a cell phone but I miss the old touchtone keypad. Any advice?

Topic by paperseal 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago



Old Cell Phone LCD Screen Ideas?

Is there anything i can do with an old lcd screen from a cell phone? I have used most of the other parts but i have another phone that i could use.

Question by schoonovermr 8 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Has anyone come up with a cool project using old cell phone lcd screens?

Question by digitrunner 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Cell Phone Clone?

I've always thought that it would be cool to have more than one cell device on my specific account.   (no, not like a family sharing plan).   Let's say, I want to keep a spare phone in my glove box, on a trickle charger, so that I always have a working phone in an emergency.    Let's say you use your cell phone a lot..  Instead of swapping out exhausted batteries, what if you had a second phone on the charger that you can switch to whenever needed. Is it possible to clone your telephone, so that you can have a spare device.      If you are paying for the service, and you can only use one of the phones at a specific time, why would the phone company care?   I have 6 old phones from which I upgraded.  They all work fine, and could make great spares if there was a way of programming them to work on my account.   Can the MAC address / serial number be cloned to an old phone? J.

Topic by John_the_Builder 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


What to do with a cell phone....

I have a pretty good camera flip phone that will be useless in a few months, any ideas or instructables you could suggest on what to do with it? Any input would be greatly appreciated! I also have an old candy phone, with a really good flashlight built in. ideas? (No, this is not my phone) Lukethebook333

Topic by lukethebook333 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Cell Phone Jammer

I have alot of Cordless phones with the handsets and i have the bases, i have answering machines , regular phones.  Old cell phones....Is there components in there that i can make a cell phone jammer with?   Im teaching myself electronics by taking things apart,lol  but i still have trouble figuring out what parts are what.    Any help?   thanks.   Ps, i would love to make one with a altoid tin if possible.

Topic by valmont325 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Removing baseboard molding w/old phone outlet?

I'd like to remove some baseboard molding, but here's an old-school phone jack in the molding that has been painted over pretty good (though it still works with the converter). Any ideas how I might go about pulling out the molding without destroying the phone jack? I'm familiar with how to take down regular baseboard molding, but I can't seem to find anything online that might explain how to do it when an old outlet's in it. I'm not familiar with electric stuff, but am willing to learn, if need be. Thanks!

Topic by redsauce 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Cell phone battery

My friend gave me an old cell phone, with no battery. (No it does not have service). I don't know if it even works. It is a Motorola i860. Where the battery goes are four pins. How can I connect a AA, or AAA, etc battery to it to see if it works. The first time I tried it, it got real hot and then the battery smelled like it was burning. The second time it sparked. Is it even possible to do this? If it is, I need to know the voltage, polarity, and what pins to use.

Topic by popit 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Rotary dial phone

Hi all, Yesterday, my grandma gave me an old telephone. My mother used it as a toy, so my grandfather disconnected the wires (for safety). I wanted to connect the phone, but I don't know which connections I need. I attached some photo's to make the situation clear. It would be great if you could help me! Arnout P.S.: English is not my mother tongue so it would be fantastic if you didn't use a vocabulary that's too difficult ;)

Topic by arnoutdejans 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


ex-phone touchpad

I have an old broken LG KG800 (chocolate), and I thought, since it's garbage now anyway, that I could rip out that heat-sensing touchpad thingy (cause that still works) and see if I can use it for other "stuff" (doubtful but hey, why not, right?). does anyone have any tips or whatever that could help me out?, since I'm no Tony Stark and I don't have a clever AI to tell me what's what. Thanks anyway. C-4

Topic by cerdjee4 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Uses for old, but good cell phone batteries?

I have recently come into possession of several 3.7v cell phone batteries. I have toyed with the idea of using them to power a mag light type (D cell) flash light. Any ideas as to carry this out? Or just any ideas for re-purposing them?

Question by macruadhi 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Alternate use for old cell phones and smartphones

I have a box full of unused cell phones and smartphones. Some were the higher end ones of their time such as Blackberry Storm and HTC Touch. I would like to find ways to repurpose these as they are still good and have wifi and bluetooth capabilities. I was thinking maybe security cameras or robots that can be accessed via the internet to monitor my home and pets while away. Any ideas or links would be greatly appreciated.

Topic by Marcaine Art 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Old Phone That Can Play Games? Ideas...

Hi guys, so I was recently talking with my friend Omar about random stuff, and (like always) our conversation somehow got really off track and we ventured into the history of old phones (Nokia 3310...breaking everything we touch since 2000). We somehow got to thinking about how old bar style phones could be useful for the making community. My thought (which I incidentally shouted out as loud as a human can go) was this: what if we could put a really basic game onto the phone? Would it be possible with the current hardware? Maybe...and the controls are there, most phones have a D-pad with 12 keys (which could be special function keys in the game). I was thinking of games along the line of Doom, or any old FPS game...but in retrospect, that would be ambitious, and to be practical, a stick man game would probably be the minimum.  So my questions are: a) would it be possible for the hardware on the phone to be wiped of all software and would it be good enough to support the code. b) is it even possible to reprogram the phone, or even get some sort of bootloader onto the device? Probably not. And if not, is there any other way to put a game or any file onto the phone's hardware... I guess that's it. In general, would it be possible, and if yes, could anybody give me a few starters so I could try to do it? Thanks, Ivan

Topic by IvanT3 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Cell phone speaker?

So, y'know how sometimes you might feel like sharing your music with friends, but you dont want to share you headphones? The solution would be to carry speakers, but usually they're sort of bulky and they wont fit in your pockets very well. So, what about cell phones? even some that are maybe a few years old are still smaller then some speakers. Everyone knows taht cell phones can be Really loud, so what if we somehow add a cable to attach to an audio device, and switch around some things inside, and use the dead phone as speakers?! I would try and do this, but i have no idea how, so this is just an idea for you peoples to think about.!

Topic by Sadam and Osama 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


old cordless phone as a wifi signal repeater/booster . Is it possible ?

Well the question says it all. I am just wondering if its possible

Question by SamaritanWonders 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


please help me with my old uk phonebox modification

I have a old 1989 payphone bought at auction minus the keys I want to convert the old rotary tone dial to a pulse dial keypad and replace the coin slot to accept new coins and would like to do this without ruining the looks of the phone by having to drill out the locks and trying to find a lock of nearly the same style as they have been superseded by new better locks I purchased the coin slot and keypad from a bt approved company in the midlands but understandably both they and bt will not tell me how I can remove the coins once they are in the box incase I break into new boxes coin vaults even though the locks have changed and phone boxes these days are hardly used except for emergency calls.I am trying to put this phone into an oldie worldie village pub as a gimmick to draw in tourists to a dying pub/restaurant

Topic by msc 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Use cell phones without cell phone service?

I'm over 50 and trying to learn how to hack and mod electronic devices. Perhaps this is a dumb question, but so what: I have an old Samsung camera phone that is no longer subscribed to a phone service. It's just a phone, without a smart card. Is there any way to use it as a digital camera, or address book, alarm clock anyway?

Topic by theglove 11 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


i wondered if i could make something from my old phone

Hi, i just bought Samsung galaxy and I dont use my old phone (nokia 5800) and i was wondering if i could do something with it. i thought of a lot of thing but the one thing i always wanted to do is a spy cam. the phone is big and it doesn't count as hidden thing and i looked at the phone and again  i was wondering =P if i could disassemble the phone and use just the camera piece and make some electric thing and it will record when i press some button and stop when i push it again. and of curse i could connect it to a  computer or use sdcard so it will be small and no one would notice it. so =P can i make it or something like it using other thing???? thanks, mike

Topic by warewolfms 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago



Is it possible to access Bluetooth capabilities from an old cell phone? Answered

 Can you use an old cellphone with Bluetooth to, for example, print to a bluetooth printer? As in a phone without a carrier?

Question by brandegor 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to remove old adhesive from Bakelite plastic? Answered

Recently put back in to use an old Northern Telecom rotary dial telephone.  It works awesome and ironically it has the best sound out of all my phones, huh..  Anyway, the case is Bakelite plastic.  On it was an old label that had its phone number, contact info, yada yada yada...  I peel it off, but under neath the old adhesive made the plastic look matte, as opposed to the original glossy black that the rest of the phone has.  Any idea as to solvents to gently break down the adhesive, yet not effect the old Bakelite plastic?

Question by iminthebathroom 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


LOW COST BATTERY for CELL phone

My old LG flip phone still has lots o' pics, contact info, etc. I don't wanna throw it out, but the battery no longer holds a charge. I'd like to recycle the old battery, but when plugged into a charger with no batt, the phone  will not turn on.   Why can't I power it up on the wal-wart transformer alone?  Do I really need to spend $40 on a battery just to access old pics n stuff? Is there some proprietary circuit in there that "says" to the phone "I'm here"  other than just plain old voltage? Although the old battery seems to work just well enough to access data as long as it's plugged in, I'd like to get rid of said battery in case it eventually leaks.

Topic by Toga_Dan 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How do old-fashioned hand-crank telephones work? Answered

I was wondering how old fashioned hand crank phones work, in particular: Does the cranking provide power to the phone, or does it just ring the bell on the other end? I always thought that the cranking rang the bell on the other end of the line, and that the phone itself used a transformer to amplify the input from the microphone, without using power? Also, how do duplex coils keep the user from hearing their own voice through the speaker? Thanks!

Question by mad magoo 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


how to reuse/modify old cell phone camera as a cctv?

Question by ssi987 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago