What to do when retiring your old mobile device

Have you recently upgraded your mobile phone, or are you thinking about it in the near future?

With the continual innovation of new technology, the life expectancy of your mobile device can be as short as three years before you need to update – or maybe you elect to update sooner to stay on top of the newest releases.

So what should you do with your old device? Recycle it, of course!

Griffith is committed to finding sustainable solutions for our end of life electronics as part of our E-Waste and Sustainability campaign. To facilitate this, there are E-Waste recycling stations at each campus library, as well as the EcoCentre and various student centres.

However, just as you wouldn’t leave a public computer without logging out of all your personal accounts, don’t forget to remove your personal data from your mobile device before disposing of it!

Lately, there has been an increase in the number of phones being dropped off to be recycled that still have access to the owner’s highly confidential data: private text messages, personal photos, online accounts and even banking passwords!  

To avoid the risk of having your accounts hacked or money stolen, it’s important to ensure you remove your personal data before your recycle.

Simply follow the checklist below, then get recycling!

  • Back up the device
  • Manually remove any personal information (a factory reset does not necessary delete all personal information)
  • Log out of online accounts  (iCloud, iTunes, App Store, Google Play, etc) and social media (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Manually turn off any ‘find my phone’ applications (i.e. Find my iPhone and Android Device Manager)
  • Unpair any devices such as Car Media or iWatch
  • Perform a factory reset
  • Remove your SIM card

For further information on the data management of your device before recycling visit the Recycling Devices webpage, or take a look at the tips on the Mobile Muster, Apple iOS, or Android websites.

Why you need to replace your old mobile phone

a photo of an old Nokia mobile phone

Mobile network carriers around the world are planning to shut down their 2G networks to make way for the faster, more efficient 4G.

In Australia, Optus and Telstra have announced their 2G networks will be shut down within a year. Once the networks have shut down, 2G devices will no longer work.

When will the 2G network be shutdown?
Optus: April 2017
Telstra: 1 December 2016 (excluding Christmas Island)

How do I know if I have a 2G device?
Check the specifications in your manual or the search the model online to find out if it is a 2G device. If your mobile phone is not a smartphone (for example an old Nokia), then chances are it’s 2G and will need to be replaced.

Note that M2M (machine to machine) devices can also be 2G. M2M technology is used in ticket machines, parking meters, smart meters (for electricity, gas and water), security equipment, vending machines, medical alarms and other equipment. Read the manual or search online to find out if it’s 2G or not 2G.

What do I need to do if I have a 2G device?
You will need to upgrade or replace the 2G device. You will also need to replace your SIM with a new 3G/4G SIM. If you choose not to update your 2G device, it will simply stop working after the 2G network closures.

SMS Alerts for Griffith Optus Mobile Users

optusalerts_squareIf you have a Griffith Optus mobile service, you will now receive SMS alerts directly from Optus to help manage your data usage.

You will receive an alert when you reach 50%, 80% and 100% of your existing data allowance.  Thresholds are then reset on the 27th of each month, which is the beginning of each bill cycle.

For further information on alerts and Optus plans, refer to www.griffith.edu.au/phones or email phones@griffith.edu.au