Mobile phone and tablet secure data destruction
In 2021, there were 80.97 million mobile subscriptions in the UK, across the entire population of 66.08 million people. Most mobile phone users are smartphone users, with the usage rate of smartphones at 78.9 per cent. As of 2021, 54.79 per cent of the mobile vendor market share in the UK belongs to Apple.
A growing issue
These figures give an insight into the growing issue of securely disposing of your old mobile phones. (These figures are exclusive to mobile phones and does not include the number of tablets in the UK).
Removing your information from any mobile device is harder than it seems. Systems are set up to protect us from losing information we need—when we delete a file, we can still get it back. Similarly, others who receive your discarded computer or other device can get it back, too.
When we dispose of a device, we risk exposing information to people who should not have it—an improperly disposed of device can contain a wealth of useful information for example family photos or finance information which could be exposed to the criminal world.
What we do to securely dispose of mobile devices at Recycle IT 4U
There are two ways of securely destroying your information, the first is to use a data overwrite software.
The second is to physically destroy your phone, by shredding.
Recycle IT 4U partners with a UK-based ISO 27001 accredited company to dispose of mobile phones, Ipads and tablets. Our partner uses Mobiwipe, the secure GDPR compliant data erasure application for android and apple devices, covering over 95% of recycled mobile phones and smartphones. Mobiwipe provides secure GDRP compliant, ADISA approved mobile phone data erasure.
To successfully wipe the device using data overwrite software, the phone must be unlocked, and in addition to this, iPhones need to be clear from being registered with iCloud, iTunes or Find my iPhone. Most of the mobile phones and tablets we receive at Recycle IT 4U are locked in some way and therefore the only option is to physically destroy the item or take the phone apart to use as spare parts.
Although the exact steps for clearing all information from the mobile phone and tablet is different for each brand and model, the general process is the same.
Did you know?
Many people are not aware that it is very difficult to get inside a smart phone, and even more difficult to get inside a tablet or iPad. Many modern Apple products have never been known for being repair-friendly — Apple glues and locks-down as many pieces as possible to ensure its devices are sturdy and thin. This is a challenge for any engineer as some tablets can take up to two hours to open. As the information above explains, the SIM, memory card and battery all have to be removed from all mobile devices before they can be physically destroyed.
Any mobile device that cannot be wiped with the data overwrite software will be shredded. Therefore the secure disposal of any mobile devices (phones or tablets) may incur a charge, but this will be a small price to pay for the satisfaction that your mobile data has been securely destroyed.
Unfortunately due to Environment Agency legislation and collection costs we are only able to accept requests for collections from businesses and not private individuals.
Please contact us on 01952 580814 for more information on pricing.
Book A Collection*
To book a collection simply click the link below and fill in the online form to start the process. We will get in contact with you to confirm your collection date and time.
*Unfortunately due to Environment Agency legislation and collection costs we are only able to accept requests for collections from businesses and not private individuals.
Items We Collect
- TFT Monitors
- Mobile Phones
- Power Supplies
- Network Attached Storage Units
- Hard Drives
- Data Tapes, CDs