There will come a day when you and your BlackBerry part ways. Though that stalwart piece of technology has served honorably, there are always something new upon the horizon. On that sad, sad day, there will be many heartfelt speeches about all the good times together. Tears well up as you check your email one... last... time...
Who am I fooling? You're going to be too excited about your new BlackBerry to really care about the old one! Once you've completed the Device Switch, your old phone is next to forgotten. Take a moment, though, to consider what will happen to that BlackBerry. Will it need to be returned to the warranty or insurance center? Will you donate your phone to a worthy charity? Passed down to a friend or family member? Thrown in the garbage? (not recommended)
Before you do, make sure to remove your personal data from the device. If you don't wipe the data from your BlackBerry, you're basically saying, "Here's all my information. I want to get my identity stolen by the random person who gets this phone!" Don't give away your life story; prepare your BlackBerry for its next life by removing all of your data, leaving your old BlackBerry a tabula rasa for its next owner.
Removing the data on your BlackBerry is not a difficult procedure, but it's not as simple as click, click, click, either. You have to want it; there's no excuse for "accidentally" wiping the data from your device. Open the options menu; the icon usually looks like a wrench. From there, select Security (Security Options in OS5 and below) and then Security Wipe.
You'll have the option to delete data, applications, and any files on your Media Card. My recommendation would be to delete the data and applications and keep your memory card for your next BlackBerry. Otherwise, select all three options. At the bottom, you'll need to type "blackberry." This is the final check to make absolutely certain you want to delete, wipe, and remove all of your personal data.
Wiping Data using Desktop Manager
Using the Desktop Manager offers a bit more control over the deleting processes, but nevertheless accomplishes the same function. Attach your BlackBerry via USB and start BlackBerry Desktop Software. Once your device has connected, open the Device menu and choose Delete Data... In the next window, you can select to delete all or only some of your data. You're also prompted to complete a backup before deleting. As before, you will be asked to confirm your data deletion.
When parting with your BlackBerry, wiping the personal data from the device is the smart thing to do. Protect yourself from strangers reading your email, thieves finding your passwords, and grandma watching your videos.
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