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Old 01-31-19, 02:10 PM
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should I recycle old cellphone?


I need to MariKond my house. I was going to go to BestBuy and recycle 2 old cellphones.

But I'm reading some say you should not....instead you should destroy the cellphone...because it contains personal data and cannot be erased...hackers can eaasily extract personal data about you from your phone after you handed it over...eventhough you "deleted" everything.

What say you all?

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Old 01-31-19, 02:53 PM
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Recycle or give away/sell to someone that needs it. Phones usually has a hard reset option.
This will erase all data(apps, pics, contacts, texts, etc.) that the user added.Leaving only the
factory options; apps, settings, etc.

Don't forget to take out SIM and/or memory card(s).
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Old 01-31-19, 03:07 PM
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Recycle or give away/sell to someone that needs it. Phones usually has a hard reset option.
This will erase all data(apps, pics, contacts, texts, etc.) that the user added.Leaving only the
factory options; apps, settings, etc.

Don't forget to take out SIM and/or memory card(s).
I was reading hackers can recover your files even after you delete and reset.
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How old are they? You can clean them as best as you can and send one or both of them to me, if you want. Can you trust a BFer more than any rando that might end up with your recycled phone?

I would not put them on phone plans, just use them on wifi (with the google voice app) and for GPS/maps/waze
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Pretty old. Running some anituqated Android Lollipop. But problem is the phone keeps rebooting when you shake it...like when you put it down on the table. Also rebooted a few times, as I pulled it out of my pocket. And little 4" screen is not conducive to internet surfing.
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Pretty old. Running some anituqated Android Lollipop. But problem is the phone keeps rebooting when you shake it...like when you put it down on the table. Also rebooted a few times, as I pulled it out of my pocket. And little 4" screen is not conducive to internet surfing.
Are these Samsung models? Not sure of the newer ones but the old ones had problems with the switch.
If you look it up on the net; pretty common. I was able to save my mom's old phone by opening it and
cleaning the swich:

Opening/repairing a Galaxy phone by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Pretty old. Running some anituqated Android Lollipop. But problem is the phone keeps rebooting when you shake it...like when you put it down on the table. Also rebooted a few times, as I pulled it out of my pocket. And little 4" screen is not conducive to internet surfing.
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
Are these Samsung models? Not sure of the newer ones but the old ones had problems with the switch.
If you look it up on the net; pretty common. I was able to save my mom's old phone by opening it and
cleaning the swich:

Opening/repairing a Galaxy phone by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
Mine is Alcatel.
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Unless you have super sensitive info on it, just break it before recycling. Open it up an cut the board and/or leads to some of the chips.

No one is going to spend the time to recover data if it requires specialty tools & knowledge to interface memory on a busted phone unless they know ahead it is highly valuable.
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If it's that Alcatel that's locked into Simple Mobile, I'd just trash it. That's what I plan to do with a $10 ZTE phone I got last year to try with Simple Mobile. The phone service was unsatisfactory and the phone is locked into Simple Mobile, and they don't provide unlock codes. The phone will be useless to anyone else unless they root it, which is unlikely to be worth the trouble for a low end phone.

So I'd just destroy the thing so any personal data is unrecoverable.
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Trash the phone, but recycle the battery. (or dispose of 'properly')
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I don't think I have much of value to anyone else on my phone, and if you want my data, go ask Google for it.

​​​​​I don't know what's involved recovering deleted files from a phone. I sure know if I buy a used one, it won't be in the hopes of it being a winning lottery ticket. I'll just need a phone.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
If it's that Alcatel that's locked into Simple Mobile, I'd just trash it. That's what I plan to do with a $10 ZTE phone I got last year to try with Simple Mobile. The phone service was unsatisfactory and the phone is locked into Simple Mobile, and they don't provide unlock codes. The phone will be useless to anyone else unless they root it, which is unlikely to be worth the trouble for a low end phone.

Hmmm..."rooting"...that's an idea. I always wanted to know what its like to "root" a phone. I can try to "root" it before I destry it...just for the fun of it.
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Trash the phone, but recycle the battery. (or dispose of 'properly')
Like throw it into those battery recycle binz at BestBuy.
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Like throw it into those battery recycle binz at BestBuy.
for the appropriate battery type
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i'd smash them up, dispose properly of the battery and toss the rest
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Only if you have something to hide....
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I kept mine, wiped out as much as I could, and then loaded it up with music to use as an iPod.
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Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
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If it's got a headphone jack in it Genec wants it.

I think that whole "hackers" can get info is just another way to add to the disposable culture. Maybe it's possible, probably not.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
If it's that Alcatel that's locked into Simple Mobile, I'd just trash it. That's what I plan to do with a $10 ZTE phone I got last year to try with Simple Mobile. The phone service was unsatisfactory and the phone is locked into Simple Mobile, and they don't provide unlock codes. The phone will be useless to anyone else unless they root it, which is unlikely to be worth the trouble for a low end phone.

So I'd just destroy the thing so any personal data is unrecoverable.
Hey Cankle....
I signed up for MINTmobile. And just got my $50 ZTE Z833 phone. It feels pretty fast. But I know the RAM-memory is only 1GB...so adding alot of Apps would probably slow it down. It come in the mail with a lightly padded envelope (no box)....so I was concerned it might have been tossed around by the postal worker. But so far, it's working good.

Weird thing is that this MINTmobile phone has MetroPCS apps in it.

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When you get the folding one you can just wad it up.
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i just found out Androids phine all come with encryption. so one could encrypt the phone before recycling it. once encrypted even the NSI wont be able to avcess yur data.
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Here's a worthy option, though being somewhat paranoid, I'd erase everything before donating.

https://www.domesticshelters.org/art...help-survivors
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