NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Apple announced Monday it sold a record 9 million new iPhone 5 cell phones over the weekend which means there are a lot of people ditching their old mobile devices.
The 22News I-Team spoke with experts about how to properly dispose of your old cell phone.
You may not even realize how much personal information you keep on your phone, many of us have banking apps and stored passwords. Experts warn you to be careful before throwing it away.
Millions of people across the country lined up to get the new iPhone 5. As they switch over, experts urge you to think about what's on your old phone before throwing it out or handing it off to someone else.
According to Mark Wineburg, President of YES Computers in Northampton, "Names and addresses, birth date, the kind of information we put in for various reasons, bank accounts, it's very volatile information and you really must manage it."
There are different ways to dispose of your old phone. "I pretty much broke it and threw it out; yeah you know, it's like at least you can't get it," said Pelham's Shawn Fitzherbert.
Breaking it is one option, but its not the only one. "I usually clear off the data that I can and then donate it to women's shelters," said Amherst's Laura Emberly.
Wineburg told the 22News I-Team there's a list of things to consider before doing anything with your old mobile device.
First, back-up your data to your computer, then, sounds like a no-brainer but make sure the service to the old phone has been canceled, restore the phone to factory settings and destroy the SIM card if you have one.
We had Wineburg show us how to restore a phone to factory settings on an iPhone. "So all you have to do is go in the settings, say erase phone and it'll completely bring you back to factory settings."
Wineburg also suggests locking your phone, making it password accessible when possible to give yourself added protection.
It's a lesson some have learned the hard way. "My phone actually got stolen, newborn photos of him and I was incredibly worried, I actually turned my GPS off because I don't want anyone knowing where I'm at," said Palmer's Zack Rezendes.
If you are looking for something to do with that old phone, you can ask about trading it in to get a discount on the new phone or YES computers in Northampton takes them and donates them to Safe Passage which serves victims of domestic violence.