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I've got two older model Sanyo phones that I'm going to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Is there any sort of easy button that will completely wipe data from each phone? Any tips on this?

I was going through one phones menu and it's maddening. It's old and not layed out like todays phones (its about 6 years old).
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I've got two older model Samsung phones that I'm going to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Is there any sort of easy button that will completely wipe data from each phone? Any tips on this?

I was going through one phones menu and it's maddening. It's old and not layed out like todays phones (its about 6 years old).
Mike, on my HTC, I have a two-button reset that formats all to original install so pretty sure its possible. Which model is it? By the way, good initiative a good cause.
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Mike, on my HTC, I have a two-button reset that formats all to original install so pretty sure its possible. Which model is it? By the way, good initiative a good cause.
One is a SCP-5150 and the other is a SCP-7300(k).

The 5150 is the elder of the two.

These are Sanyo's actually, not Sammy's.
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Here is the pdf on the 7300. Pages 75 - 76 detail the process (its a few steps):

http://us.sanyo.com/wireless/handset...UsersGuide.pdf

I'll update if I find the other one.
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Wow thanks dude. Rep +
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Wow thanks dude. Rep +
Thanks. They don't have any info on the older model. All I could find was the 5500:

http://us.sanyo.com/wireless/handset...ish-121703.pdf

And the 5400:

http://us.sanyo.com/wireless/handset...ide-121603.pdf
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beat me to the punch...

There is a master clear on all phones, sometimes its a pain to find, then when you do, it asks for a 4-6 digit code which by default is all 0's...


You wouldn't believe how many people come in asking me to wipe their phones. Sometimes they tell me why... Wife/husband related infidelity... hilarious to say the least..
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Here is the pdf on the 7300. Pages 75 - 76 detail the process (its a few steps):

http://us.sanyo.com/wireless/handset...UsersGuide.pdf

I'll update if I find the other one.
Not entirely true. The programming info & phone number will still remain on the phone and can only be deleted one way, by refurbishing the phone. It takes like 10 seconds but you need each phone's 6-digit MSL. They're Sprint phones right? ElMikeTheMike if PM me the ESN Hex for each phone I can give you the MSL from my work computer. You know I work for Sprint right?

After you have the MSL you just need to type ##786# or ##786 OK (depending on the model), enter the MSL, and hit "restore." That's how you delete everything.
    
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Not entirely true. The programming info & phone number will still remain on the phone and can only be deleted one way, by refurbishing the phone. It takes like 10 seconds but you need each phone's 6-digit MSL. They're Sprint phones right? ElMikeTheMike if PM me the ESN Hex for each phone I can give you the MSL from my work computer. You know I work for Sprint right?

After you have the MSL you just need to type ##786# or ##786 OK (depending on the model), enter the MSL, and hit "restore." That's how you delete everything.
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LOL thanks.
    
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