Hi My Optus Community
I hope someone can help me. I've asked few optus store staff who said I don't have to do anything but I'm also hearing there is stuff to do so I want to be sure and have proof in writing.
I have few old mobile phones (not smart phones but one of those $40-50 samsung mobile phones) and SIM cards/ numbers. I was wondering what do I do with my old phones? do I cut the SIM card in half and bin it? Is it best to block SIM and handset imei number before doing anything? and anything else?
Every time I buy a new phone, there's a recycling bag in the new phone box where I can post my old phone but I want to make sure I did everything I was suppose to do before I send it and there's no personal detail of mine that can end up in the wrong hands?
Because I have to give my drivers license whenever I buy a new mobile phone (always the $50 phone. I don't see the point in smart phones. I just need to text and call), I'm worried under my name on some optus system, there's multiple phones that I don't use anymore because it was broken/ not the right plan/ spam/ etc and later that'll get me randomly hasseled by police or some department because I didn't know I had to do something with my old phones.
Also, while on the topic, how many numbers can I legally have? I want one for work and one for my family and friends but I see CSI documentaries and having more than one is somehow seen as always bad or is it tv once again making things dramatic (cause few of business people I know have 2 numbers)?
Lastly, I heard SIM mobile numbers get recycled. I was wondering if my old number end up in the wrong hands can they get my personal details just by my old number?
Thank you for reading this far. Look forward to hearing from you and getting some peace of mind.
Thank you in advance
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Thanks for giving us some more options with that great info StevenDon
Hey LeeNguyen, need a hand with anything?
If you call "Mobile Muster'' In which is a victorian company. they will send you a jiffy bag that is free post from anywhere in australia. The bags are included with the purchase of most samsung phones over $100. though you can still call them to get a "free post'' satchel. be worth asking for a couple if you have a few phones to send. They are also proudly sponsored by australia post. i dare say the free satchels will be available at the post office.They say that over 90 percent of the metals and plastics can be recovered to make new products like fence posts, stainless steel and jewellry. office works also has a big cardboard box at the front of each store where you can recycle your phone. if putting things in a bag make sure any accessories are wrapped up seperately so that they do not damage the phone and if you are only recycling a battery, make sure that it is wrapped in bubble wrap or similar and seal completely so that it does not come into contact with anything else in the satchel. you need to sign a declaration on the back of the bag to ensure you will follow those particular instructions for safety reasons. enquiries 1300 730 070