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The Best Ways to Recover A Lost Mobile Phone March 2000     By Daniel Cheung The Best Ways to Recover A Lost Mobile Phone
March 2001 
By Daniel Cheung
Checklist of ways to ensure return of a mobile phone:
  • Label your mobile phone
  • Set your welcome note to your name and home phone number
  • Set your profile as your contact details
  • Set your profile as "$$ if found"
  • Use your phone book entries for contact details
  • Retrace your steps
  • Get a bright coloured cover for your phone
  • Call your mobile phone
  • Call your carrier
  • Keep your phone connected to you at all times

Without doubt, one of the most distressing things that can happen to a mobile phone owner is actually losing the mobile phone.  In this issue of Buyer's Guide, iMobile shows you the best ways to recover a lost mobile phone.

We all know what a painful experience it can be to lose our mobile phones.  Not only do you lose in terms of the cost of the phone (and the cost for a new one), but the cost is even more considering many owners are on a mobile phone plan.  Furthermore, if not reported early enough, you may find that someone else has used your mobile phone to call their overseas friends.  To many people, their mobile phones are more than just communication devices - they are also calendars and phone books.  Once your mobile phone is lost, you lose all the information that was programmed into it, such as phone book entries.  You have also lost any special accessories that was attached.

When someone has decided to steal / keep your mobile phone, there is little that you can do.  However, there are some steps that you can take that ensures that, on the odd chance if some kind-hearted person does find your phone, s/he actually has a way of contacting you and returning your phone.  Here are the best ways to increase your chances of recovering a lost phone:

Label your mobile phone
This means that you should make a label that instructs the finder of your mobile phone on how to contact you and return your mobile phone.  Typical details include your name, home / work phone numbers, address and maybe even email address.

A sample label for your mobile phone

Set your welcome note to your name and home phone number
Most mobile phones nowadays have the function to set welcome notes.  This is just the text message you see when you turn the phone on.  Why not increase the chances of seeing your details whenever the finder of your phone uses the phone?

Set your profile as "$$ if found"

Set your profile as your contact details
Your profile is the message seen on your mobile phone screen when it sits idle.  Again, this is just commonsense - make it possible for anyone who finds your phone to contact you! 

Set your profile as "$$ if found"
If you already have a label with contact details, it is probably worth it to appeal to the greed of your phone's finder.  It is also a nice way of saying "thankyou" to the person who actually takes the trouble of returning your phone (if you are so fortunate).

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