Mobile phone and tablet secure data destruction

In 2022, there were 87 million mobile subscriptions in the UK. 84% of UK adults own a smartphone.
(source mobileuk.org)
Mobile and Tablet Secure Data Destruction Recycle IT 4U

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.

When we dispose of a device, we risk exposing information to people who should not have it.

What we do to securely dispose of mobile devices at Recycle IT 4U

To securely dispose of data from mobile phones, Ipads and tablets, Recycle IT 4U will factory reset the device following manufacturers guidelines. Any item that is unable to be reset is securely destroyed by shredding.

To successfully reset the device, the phone must be unlocked, without pin codes, and in addition to this, iPhones need to be clear from being registered with iCloud 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.

Although the exact steps for clearing all information from the mobile phone and tablet can be different for each brand and model, the general process is the same.

Mobile phone and tablet secure data destruction

Did you know?

Many people are not aware that it is a time-consuming task to securely destroy a mobile device. As the above information explains, the SIM, memory card and battery all have to be removed from all mobile device before they can be physically destroyed. As the batteries are glued in place, the device has to be heated to enable it to be safely removed. Once the battery is removed the components are separated and the device can be shredded.

The secure disposal of any mobile device (phones, Ipads 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

  • PCs
  • Laptops
  • Netbooks
  • Ipads
  • TFT Monitors
  • Mobile Phones
  • Servers
  • Power Supplies
  • UPSs
  • Batteries
  • Routers
  • Network Attached Storage Units
  • Firewall
  • Switches
  • Components
  • Hard Drives
  • Data Tapes, CDs
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