DIY: How To Turn Your Old Cell Into A VOIP Skype Handset

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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
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This is a really good way of reusing two items that were destined for the trash bin. It’s also a reliable way of making Skype calls. The two main items needed for this project are an old cell phone and a cheap headset that you might have around. This project requires a small bit of soldering and case opening, but the call quality and the comfort on the ears is noticeably improved.

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It’s a great way to reuse, recycle and save money while creating something useful at the same time.What’s really amazing is that call quality improved significantly when using a basic phone, more than if you were using a newer model phone.

Items needed
– An old and/or broken cellphone (LG in his case)
– A cheap headset (Chinese he bought on eBay in my case)
– Some basic tools (small screw drivers, knife, soldering station, etc.)

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You’ll need to disassemble the phone and cut the wire in order to proceed. Have someone who’s comfortable with those types of things help you if you are really nervous about doing this. However, you have to remember that even if you aren’t successful in your build, in the worst case scenario, you’ll just end up throwing it away, which was what you were going to do in the beginning. Playing around this way with the phone is something that anyone who’s studied electricity can do easily. This can be an electrical engineering student, to a someone in IT to just a DIY enthusiast.

This build requires only two solders, so you can test your progress while you work. The phone connects to your PC via the audio and microphone jacks. While you work on it, you can set-up your Skype to test it out. It’s a basically sound and easy build, which should make you comfortable with working with some electronics.

[photos by JFDuval]

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