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Dont sell that old cell phone on ebay!

Discussion in 'Business & Economics' started by palefrost, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. palefrost

    palefrost Well-Known Member

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    Ive always wondered why someone would sell an old phone. I mean really you cant erase a pc hard drive why would people assume an old phone couldnt be recovered.




     
  2. LyricB

    LyricB Well-Known Member

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    I have always given my old phones to charity, but I never thought to erase everything before doing so. Yikes!
     
  3. palefrost

    palefrost Well-Known Member

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    I know ill sound really behind the times here but i dont have a cell phone. I hate talking on the damn things. Heck if i could take my home phone out i would. :p
     
  4. LyricB

    LyricB Well-Known Member

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    I only have the cell because I'm constantly running around with my kids all day. We went the alternate route though...we got rid of our home phone instead.
     
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    Yikes! It would never occur to me that my phone was storing information. Of course, since I don't use it for anything except phoning home when I'm going to be late, I'm probably safe.
     
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    I always wipe the hard drives of my mobiles before getting rid of them, but according to that article it doesn't necessarily make a difference.
     
  7. palefrost

    palefrost Well-Known Member

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    So what exactly should you do with an old phone at this point then? Burn it? Sounds like there is no safe way to dispose of it. Can you take out the harddrive and give the parts out to whomever?
     
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    A good place to get rid of them is the local battered women's shelter. That is where i give them. As for what might be on them. There's nothing on mine that i need to worry about.
     
  9. LyricB

    LyricB Well-Known Member

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    That's a very valid question. What exactly are we supposed to do with our old cell phones if we don't want all our private stuff shared yet we don't want them taking up space in a landfill?
     
  10. Slashmire

    Slashmire Active Member

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    True, I even remember a TVShow explaining how a hard drive wasn't always "deleted" they then said that if you want to be sure that it's deleted, put a hole through it :)
     
  11. Adrian MacNair

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    Yeah well my last cell was stolen. If anyone read my text messages they would have gotten a good life but I'm sure whoever sold it needed to feed his crack habit more than anything else.
     
  12. DJDizzy1

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    Finally a time where being paranoid does me some good. I have never resold a phone when I'm ready to get rid of a old phone I just give it to my neices for pretend they usually bang it into the wall and throw it all around, after a day or two its usually dead.
     
  13. dong

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    That's not surprising. If you think about it, a cell phone is essentially a specialised computer, and the principles of electronics (which I'm not familiar with) that underly residual memory in hard drives would be quite the same with phones that have memory capacity. I wonder if there are decoding/overwriting programmes available/being developed for cell phones, as things like evidence eliminator or Eraser etc. etc. do this for computers, "ensuring" secure deletion.

    Anybody know if that's actually secure irretrievable deletion?
     
  14. Dude111

    Dude111 Well-Known Member

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    Neither do i!!

    I value my privacy and dont want to be tracked!!!

    These things today ARE SPYING PIECES OF GARBAGE and i dont want anything to do with them!!
     
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