Whether you got a smartphone under the tree or just plan to gift yourself a handset soon, we hope the joy of the holidays extends to your relationship with your new phone. 

But don’t forget about the old one! Sure, you might not need it in your pocket, but if you’re not planning to repurpose the device or keep it as a backup, then you shouldn’t just toss it in a drawer or shove it in a closet somewhere. That dated device might still have cash value, or you could donate it to a good cause (possibly for a tax writeoff). At the very least, if you don’t plan on using the phone again, then you should recycle it and ensure that the harmful materials within don’t end up in the dump. 

Whatever your plan with your old device, be sure you do it right—which extends to clearing all of your personal data off of the storage. Here’s our guide to wiping your phone and finding a new home for it, whether it’s with a buyer, a charity, or a disposal service. And if you’re the one gifting a phone this season, be sure to pass along this advice as well.

First, wipe it clean

If you used that old phone for the last couple of years, then it’s surely loaded with all sorts of personal information: accounts, contacts, photos, passwords, and other little bits of data you may not even realize. Unless you’re passing your phone off to a friend or family member, you probably won’t know who’s going to have his or her hands on it next. In fact, no matter who is taking your phone next, you shouldn’t risk it.

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U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless is apparently poised to introduce alterations to its strategies, which will make them more pricey. Nonetheless, the data will be increased by Verizon. ( Eric Hauser | Flickr )

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Based on a report from on-line publication CNET, which cites sources knowledgeable about the issue, Verizon is set to increase the cost of its strategies.

Based on CNET, the cost changes are part of a huge overhaul for the subscriber strategies of the carrier. This strategy will give people “a brand new means to prevent overage fees, and better accessibility to Canada and Mexico.”

For those wondering how subscribers’ smartphone strategies will be changed by the Verizon cost allowances, here are the details:

S Plan

This strategy will increase from $ 30 to $ 35 per month. Yet, for the additional $ 5, subscribers of this strategy will get 2 GB of info rather than the preceding 1 GB.

M Plan

This strategy will become $ 50 a month and also finds a rise of $ 5.

L Plan

For the additional $ 10, consumers’ info will even find a rise from 6 GB to 8 GB.

XL Plan

The XL Strategy, which formerly cost $ 80 a month, will be $ 90 a month. Subscribers’ info will be from 12 GB at 16 GB.

XXL Plan

Via this program, users can switch from paying overage fees on the Security Mode, that will safeguard subscribers.

The Security Style will be free for subscribers of the XL or XXL strategies. In case you are on the S, L or M strategies, then you may need to shell out $ 5 to get the functionality.

If you’re an existing Verizon subscriber, you’ll have the alternative of changing to some of the strategies that are new, but will not be compelled to change over.

A representative from the insurance company simply disclosed that folks should “stay tuned” for an announcement and indicated “fireworks” this week.

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LG

LG declared that two of its latest cellphones can be used by the authorities and the military in their own line of duty.

The apparatus also package the proper applications and characteristics to make them useful in governmental and business issues.

Are the two smartphones quite protected, but they additionally holster strong specs. In addition to that, they take Google’s Android for Work, optimizing the LG Defended Entry To Business’s (GATE) networking possibility.

One of many reasons the bar was passed by LG is the fact the G5 and V10 handsets use the proprietary GATE technology of the producer. It should be noted the certification doesn’t make the cellphones impervious to hacking, but makes the procedure significantly tougher.

Chris Yie, LG Mobile Communications’ leader of advertising communications, clarifies the certification is not unimportant.

“With the growing relevance of higher security in company nowadays, … a company security platform is a necessity for cellular workplace apparatus,” Yie says.

More than 25 states acknowledge NIAP’s certification, including Canada, South Korea, Japan, India, Germany, France and the Uk.

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