For criminals and us alike, recycling of mobile phones is enormously lucrative.
Apart from being unfortunate, dealing with criminals is a pain. Needless to say, one has to be extremely wary of criminals and ensure protection of our wallets, mobile phones and all other electronic devices, even while carrying them around. It must not come as a shock when a warning gets issued to consumers reminding them of wiping their cell phone clean before initiating the process of recycling.
You must ensure that all the notes, contact numbers and other saved data are fully removed from the cell phone, before it is sent to any recycling centre. If a SIM card is present in the mobile phone, it must be removed too before being sent for recycling. You must remember that your SIM card contains all the data that can be of use to a criminal. Not all mobile phones will have a SIM card which is removable, so it is even more crucial to learn to wipe all the data before the phone is turned in.
Selling the mobile phone to a reputed recycling company may also not guarantee that it will not land up into wrong hands. Therefore, most companies go a step forward and refurbish their phones, add a new SIM card and make sure that no data remains before it is up for resale. In the UK, an average of about 75 million phones get upgraded or replaced in one year, in turn implying that there exists a high possibility of your mobile landing in wrong hands.