Cell phones forum: Ready to donate my old cell phones, but not my personal info

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) April 19, 2013 3:56 PM PDT

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Ready to donate my old cell phones, but not my personal info

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 4/19/13 3:56 PM

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Ready to donate my old cell phones, but not my personal info


I have a small collection of old cell phones in my house that I don't
use anymore. They range from old analog phones to a digital flip phones
to the first iPhone. There are some non-profit organizations in my town
that accept cell phone donations that state they will refurbish and
donate them to organizations in need, and if not usable, recycle them
responsibly.

I'd like to donate my phones to these organizations, if they can use
them. However, before I do that, I want to make sure all of my history
and personal information is wiped out. How can I do that? Adding to the
challenge is the fact that I can't find the power adapters for all of
the phones.

There was a newsletter of yours a while back on ways to recycle hard
drives for reuse. I'm looking for a similar solution, but for cell
phones. Thanks for any help.

--Submitted by Nate W.

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