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Erase Sensitive Information in Your Cell Phone Before Discarding

July 29, 2007 12:34 PM | Interesting |

Planning on buying a new phone?  You may want to donate, sell or give it away.  But first make sure you completely erase all your personal information before discarding your old cell phone.  You could find your cell phone manual, but most likely you threw it away or can't find it.  You could call your cell phone carrier or manufacturer, but who wants to go through the trouble.  Or the easy was is to use the online Cell Phone Data Eraser which offers instructions on how to erase all your sensitive data from your cell phone with individual PDF instructions organized by manufacturer and model. 

The Cell Phone Data Eraser is offered free from; owned by ReCellular Inc. who is the a recycler and reseller of used wireless phones and accessories. also allows visitors to find the nearest drop off location via zip code to donate their cell phones.

The issue of wireless information security has grown exponentially with the expanding popularity of multi-function smart phones that contain e-mail messages, contact information, calendar entries, and photographs.

According to the Ponemon Institute, each breach of security costs an average of $182 per record. With the average smart phone capable of storing thousands documents, information security is a concern for businesses and individuals.

Over half a million consumers have referenced the Cell Phone Data Eraser on since the tool was introduced a year ago (July 2006). The online reference guide is a continuously updated tool that offers directions to safely and securely erase cell phone data, such as e-mail correspondence, personal security passwords, pictures and text messages from more than 600 cell phone models and more than 20 manufacturers.

The Cell Phone Data Eraser was developed by ReCellular Inc., a collector, reseller and recycler of used cell phones and accessories. By providing information-security information to 500,000 visitors, ReCellular has also become consumers' trusted source for directions on how to erase cell phone data before phones are resold or recycled.

Importantly, every phone ReCellular collects is also subjected to an advanced multiple-point check on each phone to permanently erase cell phone data - both personal and corporate - before phones are processed for recycling or resale.

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