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Lost or stolen phone
marymary100 - 7-11-2017 at 19:47

I have either lost or had my phone stolen. I am hoping it is at work but in the meantime I have locked the phone and disabled the SIM by phoning the company I use as a mobile phone company. No calls have been made which is reassuring but it is still a concern that I have become so dependent upon a rectangular object.

I am insured for loss and damage so its not as bad as it could be and the chap was very reassuring but it's still upsetting and I'd rather it hadn't happened.

John_Little - 7-11-2017 at 20:40

But it will feel so good when you get it back!

JackInCT - 7-11-2017 at 21:34

Originally posted by marymary100
I have either lost or had my phone stolen...

I don't have a smart phone (nor have I ever had one), and I have a curiosity question because Google Play Store apps tend to be vague about describing what an app can and, equally important, cannot do. That would include under what real world circumstances, as opposed to "rare" ideal circumstances, they would "work" as "promised".

IF you had one of these tracking type apps installed, and I presume IF the phone was turned on, could you actually track/trace the phone to its location, even if it was indoors--say via a desktop PC?

Part of this question is my "confusion" over just what is possible with geo-tracking, to include whether there is other tech that can do similar, or identical, things--for instance, can your cell provider "ping" (IF that's the operative word) multiple cell towers and triangulate the phone's location?

Apparently law enforcement in the USA can do that, but "success" newspaper type stories are never followed up with when/why that tech doesn't work (OR not good enough to find the phone such as someone is lost in the woods and there is only, apparently, a general location as to where they are.

LSemmens - 7-11-2017 at 23:22

Yes, there are many, and varied 'tracking" apps none of which I'd be happy to turn on. Not that I have anything to hide....but......

Friends who love bits of fruit have some sort of tracking app that can tell you where their friends are at any given point in time. I know that there's a "Find my phone" app for 'roids which, I think, is tied to google.

All the best looking for it Mary. Last time I lost a phone, I did manage to find it, but it weren't much good when I did. It was in the middle of the road and had been run over.

John_Little - 8-11-2017 at 21:14

Any luck?

marymary100 - 8-11-2017 at 21:35

Yes. Some kind soul had locked the door to my office to keep it safe when they heard it ringing when I tried to phone it last night. :)

Redwolf5150 - 9-11-2017 at 03:37

This is why I have a cheap, burner phone on a $45 a month unlimited calling, texting and 10GB of data plan.

Although I've had to use my camera phone a few times lately to transmit photos to the office on breaking news close to our deadline, so I may upgrade to a better burner phone in the near future.

Redwolf5150 - 9-11-2017 at 03:50

A recent example, sent from the scene 20 minutes before the paper went to press.


John_Little - 9-11-2017 at 09:47

Are we looking at a picture of the whole page or the picture of the bloke making a speech?

You say a cheap burner phone. I take it its not an Apple. But Samsung is hardly a burner. Is it a Nokia?

LSemmens - 10-11-2017 at 00:11

For (news)print, a "relatively" cheap (read: lo-res) camera would probably do.

Redwolf5150 - 10-11-2017 at 00:13

Originally posted by John_Little
Are we looking at a picture of the whole page or the picture of the bloke making a speech?

You say a cheap burner phone. I take it its not an Apple. But Samsung is hardly a burner. Is it a Nokia?

It's a Samsung, but it's an E5, not a Galaxy, and I paid $79 for it a couple years ago.

The picture of our worthless Governor, who I refer to as Gov. Jethro.

scholar - 10-11-2017 at 02:30

Ruby glued a phone locator device onto my phone. Her smart phone can use it to help locate the phone, and can play music by means of a chip in the locator so that I can hear it if I am close enough.

One problem I'd formerly had in locating the phone was that it might be turned off, either deliberately or because of battery exhaustion, or it might have gone to vibrate (which sometimes seems to happen accidentally).

John_Little - 10-11-2017 at 07:37

I've noticed that. The accidental vibrate only thing. Or the ringing is just turned off.

Quaver - 10-11-2017 at 15:48

Glad you found your phonewaveysmiley

I have an app which can erase everything if stolen, tell me its location, ring loudly etc
I'd assume the thief will disable that before I even realise it's stolen:D