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Old 08-13-2012, 08:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default "Refurbishing" old phones for charity

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A company I know has offered me a couple of boxes of various blackberry phones to make suitable to give to a local charity.

I've played with two for a few days so I know my way around them. Obviously the company want all data permanently removed from the phones before they are passed on. They don't know how much data is on any of them but its certain that contact lists are there (probably containing non-public contact details of Directors and the like) and probably emails or text messages as well, possibly containing private contents.

I have used JL_Cmder/resettofactory to remove the BES from the 2 I've experimented on. This seems to have removed personal data. Question is, is this a secure method, or is it possible to restore the data somehow? And does it remove everything or could there be any details of the previous user and company hidden away somewhere?

They have all been used in BES environment, is there a better alternative to JL_Cmder or BBSAK to remove the BES features and data?

The IT dept think that some phones are password protected and IT failed to get the password from the user. If the password isn't known, is there anyway of me removing the BES? If not, is there anyway the IT dept can reset the password?

If any 3rd party apps have been installed, will the factory reset remove them, leave them on the phone but not installed, or leave them fully functioning?

Apart from unlocking them and using another SIM to check they can make/receive calls, is there anything else I should do to check functioning, or is there any changes I could make to the phones to create a better first impression for the new user?

In the box I have there are 18 phones, mainly curves of varying ages but also some touch screen devices (I don't know what models). I am told there are about another 30 or so phones if I can make use of them. Being efficient with my time is obviously important with this number of phones.
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