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Old 08-26-2009, 09:23 PM
 
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Default Simple way to destroy old phone?

I was listening to a news story about how people have left valuable personal info on their old cell phones (SIM Card, Memory, etc). I tried unsuccessfully to search for a way to destroy it. All I can find are jokes about running over it with a car, dropping it in a toilet, sledgehammer, etc. I'm not sure if any of those would work (or be safe to try).

Does anyone have a simple - but safe - method? Thanks.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Florida
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seriously--I took a hammer to mine. For real.

BTW-Ozzy does indeed rule
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:19 PM
 
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Drop it in the water then mash iof you wish.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:47 PM
 
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seriously--I took a hammer to mine. For real.

BTW-Ozzy does indeed rule
Does that mean that water would have had no effect on it?

(I'm serious, I don't know much about electronics...or the parts of the cell phone)
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires
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what's the brand of you phone? i'm almost sure what exist any function for delete your data.

Greetings
Nacho
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:53 AM
 
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The data is still there even if you delete it.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:54 AM
 
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Maybe this is the wrong forum. No one has any insight?
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires
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The data is still there even if you delete it.
Sorry but if you do a hard reset, no!

Greetings
Nacho
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:41 AM
 
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I finally figured out an effective way. First, I smash it was a sledgehammer (carefully wrapped in cloth first). Then I let it float overnight into a solid brick of liquid acrylic. (Roughly 1 cubic foot). I let this dry overnight.

Then I toss the dried, transparent brick with the floating cell phone into the dumpster. If anyone still wants it bad enough after that, let them go for it.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:08 AM
 
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That really seems like overkill to me. Are phones really going to have much useful information on them in the first place?

If the phone has a sim card, remove it and cut it in half with kitchen shears. Smash the phone with a hammer, wrap it in something and put it in the trash along with some garbage.
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