Cell Phones are now becoming an integral part in our daily lives. This is due to the rapid cell phone technology that has evolved from a device that is just used for communicating to a smartphone that can be used for many purposes. As the cell phone become smarter, you will not leave home without it as it plays a critical function in many aspects of your life. A lost cell phone can be a nightmare to some users as many important data is stored in your cell phone and you will do whatever you can to locate the lost cell phone. However, the trends of people losing their cell phone is on the rise as they are bringing their cell phone now to anywhere they go. As the cell phone get cheaper and cheaper, the cell phone is now owned not just by adults but the kids as well. With the broad increase of demographic customer using the cell phone, it is no mystery that the trend of lost or stolen cell phone are increasing each year. It was reported that in average, 115 cell phones are lost or stolen every minute in the United States alone. However, there are many methods you can try to locate your lost cell phone. Below are some of the methods you can try.
1. Using Apps
With the sophisticated smartphones, there are many apps been developed in the market that can instantly locate your cell phone based on the GPS function. Almost all smartphones have GPS and this function enables the application to locate your cell phone via satellite and pin point the exact coordinate of your cell phone in real time. Among the reliable locater app that you can use are SeekDroid, Where’s My Droid, Plan B and also Prey.
2. Using Embedded services
If you are using Android based cell phone, the cell phone has already an embedded services via Google to locate your cell phone. You can use the Android Device Manager as a way to track where the last footprint of your cell phone is. The Google Android Device Manager is a very powerful tool in not just locating your cell phone but as well as knowing the location of your friends and loved ones.
3. Using Network Provider
If you have not installed any apps or your cell phone is not that ‘smart’, you can always rely on your network provider to do the locating activity. Your network operator has the data and information that you probably can rely on as they can help detect the signal of your cell phone to their nearest cell towers. By using triangulation of the cell towers, the network provider can more or less pin point the latest location of your cell phone.
With the development of sophisticated smartphones and also more enhance mobile operating system, the ability to track your smartphones are getting less and less complicated. Gone were the days where once you lost your phone, there is minimal hope that you can ever get it back. With the addition of GPS technology in your smartphones, it opens up various functions and also inventions of new application based on this old technology. With GPS, you can get to where you want to go without getting lost, finding favourite restaurants and stores nearby and also for health reasons such as tracking your movement or daily exercise. With GPS also there are some apps that can now even track or locate the number that is calling you and get it located. There are several companies that are offering this services to track the phone number location for a fee such as LocAid (USA) or Bharatiya Mobile (India). There are also some applications developed by programmer to locate a phone number and this applications can be found in Google Play as well as Apple store.
However, if there is no commercial providers that are providing this services in your country, you can always check with your network operator for this services. The network operator sometimes charge a fee for this services or they can also provide it for free sometimes. The network operator can also track the cell phones by just using the IMEI number. This is due to the fact that each cell phones have a unique IMEI number in which it can be trace back to the nearest cell tower and also their GPS signals. The accuracy of this services to track a phone number to a specific location depends as many factors are involved. For instance, if a smartphone has enabled its Location Sharing or GPS settings, it may be possible to track the smartphones to its exact location. However, if the GPS is turn off, another way of locating that number is by using the Triangulation Tower method. The method of tracking the phone number triangulation is by using the nearest tower to the signal of the phone and through triangulation of signal strength with the three nearest towers, you can measure the nearest distance of that mobile phone and its location. However, not many countries offers the ability for any users to track a particular phone number locations. This depends on the seriousness of the government of that country to protect the confidentiality and privacy of its citizens. But with the social media age right now, the openness and lack of privacy some of this services are keeping the customers data, you can now even track a phone number location by using popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and even Google Hangout. However, this highly depends on the setting of the social media users in which information that they want to be public and which is strictly on confidential and privacy basis.
The usage of mobile phone is expanding rapidly nowadays. Based on emarketer.com, it is estimated that in 2014, the total smartphones users will reach around 4.55 billion users and in 2017 it will reach up to 5.13 billion users. So, with all the smartphones lying around, the rate of lost phone will also increase. Based on an industry report, the Americans lost their mobile phones to a $30 billion worth of value in 2011 alone. The industry report also mention the higher crime rate of the city, the higher the report of lost phone filed. Another interesting fact is that the places that people usually lost their phone is in public places such as the restaurants and also their workplaces with coffee shops registered the most highest of people losing their phone.
The laidback and relax environment of the coffee shops probably makes people forgot their smartphones perhaps. With the advance of smartphones, the loss of your phone does not just equate with loss of money value but also in terms of information value. In your smartphone now, you will have all your personal details such as your contacts, email list, social media account and also other private confidential such as your credit card info and also bank account. These are sensitive information and can be used wrongfully if it gets to the wrong hands.
So, with all the risk of losing a phone is getting higher, the more the ability to find and track your lost phone becomes a necessity. As the developer of smartphones realizes this, they have already embedded certain applications in their operating software to track your phone once it got lost. For iOS for example, they already have the Find My iPhone that can help track your phone once it is stolen or lost by using the GPS coordination of your smartphone. It can track real time and in the same time you can remotely erase data in the iPhone for security reasons. Android also have what they called the Android Device Manager which functions as a tracking program for your mobile devices that runs on an Android. However, there is also third party apps that functions as an Android Phone Tracker that can find your phone as well as remotely wipe your data.
However, if you are not using a smartphone, you will not have the access to this sophisticated tracking app. Therefore, tracking your phone will be quite tough. However, your network operator can do the tracking for you by using the triangulation method. Every time your lost phone is connected to the network, the network can detect the nearest cell tower nearby and therefore can pinpoint the location of your phone. The network operator can do this by tracking your SIM card as well as using the IMEI number of your phone.
With the increase features of smartphones nowadays, smartphones has now become integrated to our lifestyle. Therefore it is an important devices that we must learn to protect and keep it close to our belongings. The know-how in retrieving your lost phone will also be an important knowledge as well as more applications will be developed in the future to track and find your lost phone.