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Cell Phone Providers Informative - Beware When Discarding A Cell Phone!

Review by mictrostar on 2009-09-01
Please exercise extreme caution when disposing of an old cell phone whern it is time for that upgrade! There are numerous companies online which offer to buy your old cell phone for as much as $30 and free shipping. Information on your cell phone can be retrieved EVEN IF YOU DELETE IT. I know this because a friend of mine has a "friend" who works at one of the biggest cell phone providers. Long story short, don't take pics on your phone you wouldn't want your mother to see. If you goggle it, you will find there are several cheap software and hardware options for finding deleted data on cell phones. This means any criminal on the street can acess information. I checked one of the websites offering to buy a used cell phone, and a key tip off to me was their incorrect use of grammar, which points to overseas or third world country origination. Hope this helps someone.
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-09-01
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-01:
Good advice. I give mine to Alltel. They refurbish them and give them to a battered women's shelter.
Posted by mictrostar on 2009-09-01:
That is an excellent idea! I sent mine in a pre-paid envelope Motorola provides to help them re-furbish them for soldiers overseas.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-01:
There are a few web sites that provide instruction on how to completely reset most mobile phones. Once done the device will be clean of all phone numbers and data/images. Memory cards can be removed and reformatted by your PC.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-01:
Hopeline is another agency that refurbs the phones for battered women. The program is spearheaded by Verizon Wireless.
http://aboutus.vzw.com/communityservice/hopeLine.html
Posted by Apple Mac on 2009-09-01:
I recently purchased a iPhone 3GS, and have an old Motorola Nextel phone that I am going to donate to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

They have a Web site: cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

It sounds like a great program to support our troops!

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