03 September, 2006

Be Careful When Selling That Old Phone

Phones are useful. Phones are helpful. At times very helpful. But I hate phones! Mobile ones in particular. We are in an age, where the cell phone seems to rule. Dominating our lives just as the Internet does. Communication between people, has been reduced to using machines and gadgets to facilitate that. Most commonly cell phones. The good, old days, of taking a pen and writing is disappearing fast; how many of us still write letters using a pen?

As if all this is not enough, there is the other annoying side of cell phones: their incessant ringing wherever we go and with varying tunes and tones. At home; in work places; in public places; in buses; and even in mosques. They never stop ringing. People are just fascinated with phones. Brands. Tunes. And Tones. Cell phones may be a necessity, but many times they are more of a nuisance. Yes they are 'our most beloved technical convenience, our companion and connection to the world, one that helps make our lives so free to be, at the same time, the most annoying invention since the car alarm.' A nuisance. Irritating and disruptive. People make them so. We, who use them.

How many hate cell phones the way I do? Well, there is some thing else to be wary of when it comes to cell phones. Especially if you are thinking of selling your old one. I quote: selling your old phone once you upgrade to a fancier model can be like handing over your diaries. All sorts of sensitive information pile up inside our cell phones, and deleting it may be more difficult than you think.

A popular practice among sellers, resetting the phone, often means sensitive information appears to have been erased. But it can be resurrected using specialized yet inexpensive software found on the Internet.

'Over a billion people around the planet view the world as their personal phone booth. They talk, and talk, and talk, so loudly, to the point that people wonder what happened to civility.' That is over a billion people to be wary!