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    Porn on refurbished phone

    Has anyone ever encountered this situation before? If so, did you bring it to the attention of your carrier?

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    In all the refurbished and used phones I have had, I have never come across porn or any other personal data on a phone. If I did, I would wonder what exactly they did to "refurbish" the phone. If they left personal data and pictures on there, they definitely did not do a very thorough job at refurbishing the phone.
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    Never had it happen, or any of my customers have it happen, and YES I would absolutely bring it to the carrier. It is unacceptable for that to happen, and there are all the "what if's" of if a child would have been the recipient, things of that nature. Unacceptable. They should give you another phone, no questions asked.

    I would say that there is a one in a billion chance that it ever happens.

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    I bought a K1m from Ebay that had some very personal pictures on it. I just erased them and then sold the phone.

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    I guess it would depend on the type of porn that was on the phone but no never happened to me
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    Bonus!
    Probably *I'd* just erase it and call it good, but I could certainly see bringing it to the store's attention. I wouldn't make a big fuss, since *they* didn't put it on (I assume ), but obviously someone skipped the "erase the previous contents" step when refurbing the phone and it's probably a good for them to know, so they can instruct whoever to do it properly.

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    every refurb should have been flashed and or at least tested for functionality before shipping out.
    what kind of porn did you get?post it up...lol
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    i bought a euro e66 off ebay couple years ago. seemed brand new but had a vid of homemade porn of a middle aged german couple going at it. i just deleted. then found the same exact vid on my nezt ebay purchas a e 71. a euro phone also. kinda weird. just delete it. no big deal.

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    Like someone said, very rare for that to happen. The phone maker is who repairs the phones and all. So if it did happen, don't get mad at Verizon.
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    A lot of phones get scrubbed for personal information by hand, so there is room for human error... You would not believe some of the pictures people leave on their phone when they donate them.

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    Well donated phones are one thing but refurbished phones are usually a totally different thing. Depending on the organization they usually don't "refurbish" them. A truly refurbished phone would have been reflashed and thus most personal data destroyed during the reflash process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roachJR
    A lot of phones get scrubbed for personal information by hand...
    Wouldn't that trigger the liquid damage indicators?
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    I seem to recall a story here in Florida in the past few months ago of porn showing up on a Disney digital camera that was purchased off the shelf at a large "box" store (name withheld to protect the innocent ). Definitely made the 6:00 news. Unfortunately these things happen from time to time.

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    when I got my daughter her first phone, the alltel rep gave me a phone that had been turned in but wasnt in inventory.
    He said that way I wouldnt have to sign a contract and I thanked him.
    I messed around with it before giving it to her and there were some pictures of a woman in the nude and in the bathtub and some others.
    I erased them before I gave it to her and didnt think to check for videos.
    Right before I gave it to her I was messing with it and wen to videos and WOW, couple going at it.
    I erased it and checked it really good and then gave it to her.

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    Awesome, bonus!!!

    If phones are cleaned and scrubbed, maybe its like those factory workers who had put themselves on the iPhone! Someone wants you to remember them.

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