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Recycling your handset … beware

Posted by Admin on January 23, 2009

The UK is apparently recycling more and more of its old mobile handsets – which obviously is a good thing. However, sensitive data can often be left on the devices – which obviously is not so good. And some of the companies you can recycle your device with won’t delete that information, leaving you at risk.

The news comes, not surprisingly, from a mobile phone recycling company that does delete all your sensitive information, called Regenersis.

Regenersis studied a sample of 2,000 handsets processed during the first week in December and found that 99 per cent of them had personal data left on the device. This included contacts, text messages, pictures, music, video, calendar entries, emails, notes, mailing lists and to do lists. As well as sometimes bank details, addresses and confidential emails.

Regenersis managing director Mark Franklin said:

“Data clearance of these handsets is critical to ensure the security of those who entrust their unwanted mobiles to us. This can often take as long as 30 minutes depending on the complexity of the handset, so only the most reputable firms bother to do this essential work.”

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Recycled mobile phones …

Posted by Admin on January 14, 2009

As the recession bites some of the companies within the mobile industry that will be hit the hardest will be the handset manufacturers. With less cash in their pockets consumers are more likely to wait to upgrade their handset, or even think about downgrading it.

Obviously this has a knock-on effect to everyone in the sector. What that means exactly no-one is sure of yet, but it will have an effect.

However, maybe one area of the industry that will thrive in these conditions is the second-hand handset market. This sector neatly combines two big current issues: saving money and saving the environment. One of the key players in this is Purple Gossip who recently got in touch with me.

It’s a really interesting market to be in. Obviously it won’t appeal to the early adopters who are willing to splash a bit of extra cash to get the latest N97 for example. But for most other people it works well. They can negotiate a discount from their operator for not upgrading handset and then go to Purple Gossip to get a ‘new’ handset anyway (new to them at least).

For those selling apps it works well as people will want to download their favourite apps onto their new phone.

The only question I have really is … why are they called Purple Gossip?

For a more in-depth look at the mobile industry’s denial about the state of the economy, read Dean Bubley’s post on it here.

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