If you're one of those few people that still has a non-smartphone, chances are good that you're going to want to think about upgrading it soon. Here are a few steps you can take that will allow you to do this cheaply while allowing a homeless person to benefit in the process. Both of these actions can be accomplished through refurbishing.

Donation

Once you're sure that you're going to get a new phone, you won't need your simple old one. These phones are largely impossible to sell in normal western markets anyway. Fortunately, you can donate them to the homeless through various new programs that are popping up all over Canada..

These programs take your old cell phones, refurbish them, and then hand them out to people who need them. After all, cell phones are now one of the major ways that people can get help in an emergency. The homeless are already more vulnerable than most to emergencies such as health-related issues or muggings, yet they often have less means of getting help than other people.

By donating your old phone through these new programs, you'll help to ensure that vulnerable homeless populations throughout Canada will stay connected in a way that helps keep them safe. In addition, having a cell phone will allow some homeless people the opportunity to get jobs since this is required by many employers.

Upgrade Through Refurbishing and Insurance

If you don't have a lot of extra cash to spend on smartphones, one effective method to get around this is to also buy a refurbished phone yourself from a company like CommPro Communication Specialists. This is an increasing trend that some experts expect will hit 120 million phones worldwide by 2017.

The only problem with this approach is that you don't tend to get as much in the form of warranties and assurances that the phone works and will continue to work when it comes to refurbished phones. Fortunately, there's a way around this problem as well.

There are now companies out there that allow you to insure your refurbished phone for a small fee per month. This often includes any accidental damage from falls of impacts of any other type, as well as damage from liquid spills. You can get any refurbished or unboxed phone insured this way.

This also has the added benefit of helping to save the environment since fewer phones will end up contributing to e-waste as a result of going the refurbished root.

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