Parents hung up on cell phone fears
AUSTRALIAN parents are hanging on to their old mobile phones rather than handing them down because they don’t know how to clear the data and are worried their kids will see private messages and spend up on their accounts.
New research shows one in three people are concerned someone will see their personal information or receive their messages if they give away old phones, with more than 80 per cent admitting they would be more inclined to pass on phones if they knew how to clear them properly.
And while most parents said they would like to hand down old phones to their children to save money on expensive new devices, they were worried it could prove costly if credit cards and account details attached to their phones were not disconnected properly.
Another worry was their kids making purchases without their consent.