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    What kind of actions should be taken when donating or selling our smartphone? A factory reset is enough?

  • #2
    Explanation and instructions in this link https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile...one-or-tablet/ if you have Android phone and this link https://support.apple.com/en-gb/ht201351 for an iPhone.

    You can then rest easy

    Bill

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    • #3
      Originally posted by abacus View Post
      Explanation and instructions in this link https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile...one-or-tablet/ if you have Android phone and this link https://support.apple.com/en-gb/ht201351 for an iPhone.

      You can then rest easy

      Bill
      thanks for pointing out. I heard the data is still available even after reset. true?

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      • #4
        Sort of.. if someone's ambitious enough they can get some of it. But they have to be real ambitious.

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        • #5
          Nothing in this digital world is safe anymore. Just Google your own name and see what comes up....:o

          Nico
          "Don't make war, make music!" Hammonds, Lowreys, Yamaha's, Gulbransens, Baldwin, Technics, Johannus. Reed organs. Details on request... B-)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Organfella View Post
            Nothing in this digital world is safe anymore. Just Google your own name and see what comes up....:o

            Nico
            I do that from time to time. I need to go to the 10th page before the pages mentioning my name have truely something to do with me (the notice of my mother's funeral). All the rest are namesakes that live a far more interesting life than I do.

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            • #7
              There are four or five people in the world with my wife's name, two with my son's name, but as far as I can tell mine in unique. I am very searchable. Especially because my name is in the public record of the Federal Communications Commission.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KC9UDX View Post
                . . . Especially because my name is in the public record of the Federal Communications Commission.
                Me, too <sigh>. Albeit a GRMS license, but still public record.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by KC9UDX View Post
                  Sort of.. if someone's ambitious enough they can get some of it. But they have to be real ambitious.
                  Got it. So I should not be too serious about it, right?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by moderikk View Post
                    Got it. So I should not be too serious about it, right?
                    I wouldn't worry about it. But really is it worth selling? If not I'd just keep it as a spare and extra camera. Once you cancel your service on it, it will still do most everything it does now over WiFi, and will still make emergency calls. You just don't be able to do normal calling and text messaging with it.

                    In fact, you can use it for Google Voice and be able to call and text as long as it's on WiFi.

                    I have a spare like this that I use to call back callers whose number I don't recognise on my main phone. That way if it turns out to be a scammer they still don't know that I use the number they originally called. And the ringer is muted on the spare.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KC9UDX View Post
                      I wouldn't worry about it. But really is it worth selling? If not I'd just keep it as a spare and extra camera. Once you cancel your service on it, it will still do most everything it does now over WiFi, and will still make emergency calls. You just don't be able to do normal calling and text messaging with it.

                      In fact, you can use it for Google Voice and be able to call and text as long as it's on WiFi.

                      I have a spare like this that I use to call back callers whose number I don't recognise on my main phone. That way if it turns out to be a scammer they still don't know that I use the number they originally called. And the ringer is muted on the spare.
                      Good idea - most older phones are not worth much but often people upgrade and then some other soul can get the benefit of a newer model.... I tend to keep my old ones for the reasons mentioned, however, I now have a drawer full of them, just sitting there - some probably ancient enough to have been used by Noah to count his animals as they boarded his ark. Although I am not so certain about that as those very old ones did not have calculators built in ......:->

                      Nico
                      "Don't make war, make music!" Hammonds, Lowreys, Yamaha's, Gulbransens, Baldwin, Technics, Johannus. Reed organs. Details on request... B-)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by moderikk View Post
                        What kind of actions should be taken when donating or selling our smartphone? A factory reset is enough?
                        Before donating or selling your smartphone , you need to delete all the data that is stored on your smartphone, the factory reset can format your smartphone , but there are also some possibilities for recovery .

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                        • #13
                          An ancient one with a charger cord stuffed under the seat of a car which would barely work (due to dead battery) could be a lifesaver.

                          I have one like this: it takes about fifteen minutes and tons of patience to get it to actually boot. It then constantly nags about the battery. But it has a functional GPS receiver, can make 911 calls (hopefully long enough to matter), and has a working HP41C emulator. It'll even get an email (could take an hour) if I am near a public WiFi network.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Nappasy View Post
                            Before donating or selling your smartphone , you need to delete all the data that is stored on your smartphone, the factory reset can format your smartphone , but there are also some possibilities for recovery .
                            is this hard to poll off the data after reset?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by moderikk View Post
                              is this hard to poll off the data after reset?
                              After the factory resets your iPhone, you can still retrieve your phone data , but after you do that , like this : https://www.safewiper.com/tutorials/...on-iphone.html , the data will never come back .

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