Everyone wants to keep up with the times but when it comes to mobile phones, the reasons to do so go far beyond simple bragging rights. Having the very latest handset means you are also going to be using the most up-to-date technology, allowing you to enjoy faster processing speeds, longer battery life and a sharper screen.
Within the space of two years – the length of the typical monthly phone contract – communications technology can move forward by leaps and bounds. What seemed to be a state-of-the-art handset when you purchased it can seem an ancient relic just a short time later, despite the fact that, in reality, the handset probably remains more than adequate for most of your needs.
Apple in particular has been the cause of significant levels of customer frustration thanks to its policy of frequently updating both its phones and tablets, forcing those who are keen to keep up appearances to upgrade. Other companies have since followed Apple’s lead.
In some cases the changes are mostly cosmetic but often the latest model has a brand new operating system, superior user interface or a range of must-have software applications that are only available to those with the very latest device.
Whether you purchased your existing phone as a PAYG device or on a monthly contract, trading in your old handset in for cash is one way to offset the cost of an upgrade. However, if you want to be able to sell your mobile phone safely, it’s vital to remove all your personal data as allowing it to fall into the wrong hands can have devastating consequences.
The risk of having the intimate details of your life revealed to stranger is bad enough but failing to properly clear a mobile phone of its data also risks you falling victim to identity theft. Studies show that only half of all phone users have passwords installed, giving the unscrupulous free access to your data.
Adding to the problem is that fact that many of the apps that are used on modern smartphones store passwords, logging you in automatically every time they are launched and allowing anyone access to your social-media accounts or even your bank details.
Erasing apps, messages, contacts and other information one item at a time is highly inefficient as it’s easy to miss things or leave data behind. By far the safest way to ensure all your personal data has been fully removed from your handset is to restore your phone to its factory settings.
The exact methods needed to complete such a reset vary from one phone to another but the details can either be found on the website of the manufacturer or in the manual that came with the phone. Once a reset has been performed, remember to remove your SIM along with any memory expansion cards and you’ll be able to sell your phone without worry.
Daniel Harper is a seasoned mobile communications and technology writer. His tips about deleting data can help you secure your personal details so you can sell your mobile phone safely.