Mobile Phone Users Warned to Delete Personal Data Before Recycling Old Handsets

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A recent study by Regenersis, the owners of one of Europe’s biggest mobile recycling company; Fonebak has shown that more people in the UK are now recycling their old phones. The research shows that every 15 seconds one phone is currently being recycled, however the company states that 99% of the mobiles they tested still have some trace of the previous owner on them.

Mark Franklin the MD of Regenersis has warned mobile phone users who are returning their phones for recycling, that leaving personal data such as text messages, contacts, names, numbers or bank details on the phone could lead to problems for you in the future. Regenersis do make sure that all data is removed from phones that they receive but warn that other less reputable companies may not.

The advice that is given to consumers is to make sure a full factory reset has been done and to double check that all data has been removed before posting your old handset. If this isn’t done correctly then your phone data could end up in the wrong hands and be used for criminal activities.

A number of reputable online companies will now recycle your old mobile for cash.

Updated Fonebank to Fonebak. Apologies.




2 Responses to “Mobile Phone Users Warned to Delete Personal Data Before Recycling Old Handsets”

  1. anonymous Says:

    Regenersis and Fonebank are in no way related. They are two completely separate companies who compete with one another.

    Regenersis used to be called FONEBAK, which was the world’s first mobile phone recycler endorsed by every network operator and the UK Government. The company re-branded last year as a result of a number of acquisitions which included managed services and technical repairs for other high-end electrical devices, like sat navs, MP3′s, set-top boxes, laptops, printers and highly secure financial equipment (like ATMs)

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