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.
First of all, what is an IMEI? And what is an IMEI Blacklist? An IMEI is basically the unique number that represents your phone. It has 14 to 15 numbers and you can quickly know your phone unique IMEI number by pressing *#06# on your phone keypad. An IMEI that is blacklisted is basically a phone that was reported lost or stolen. So if your phone IMEI number was blacklisted, this also means that your phone is blacklisted. A network operator who received the report by its previous owner would put the IMEI number of the phone to a blacklisted database. This IMEI is also called as bad IMEI. So if your phone have a bad IMEI, it is possible that the phone you are currently using might be stolen or was reported lost by its previous owner.
If the phone was reported stolen, the phone will be unusable in most carrier networks even if the SIM card is changed. So, how do you avoid this from happening? First of all, you can always avoid this by not buying stolen phones or not buying a phone from untrustworthy sources. This is because once you bought the phone from unauthorized source, it would be difficult to return your phone once you know that the phone has a bad IMEI. But, sometimes you could not avoid this and you might be duped by this people and thinking that your phone is a brand new one. The best way is to check the IMEI of the phone quickly and to determine whether it is good or not. Some network operator such as T-Mobile allows you to check the phone’s IMEI at their website. Just go their website and you can simply type the IMEI number of your phone to check whether it is blacklisted or not. There are also several websites that are offering to check the IMEI is blacklisted or not based on available database from the network carriers. So, make sure your phone does not have a blacklist IMEI before purchase. This would save yourself a lot of headache.
IPhone as same as any other smartphones available in the market has its own unique IMEI number. This IMEI number is a string of numbers that are unique to every individual iPhones that was manufactured. IMEI or in the long form is the International Mobile Equipment Identity. Normally, for all smartphones available in the market, the IMEI number can easily be found behind the battery. But, since iPhone is designed so that you could not open the casing, the IMEI number of the iPhone is located behind of your iPhone and at the bottom.
Notice the small little print below the Apple logo? Located there are your printed unique IMEI number. And just in case you want to check whether the number is legit, just type this *#06# into your phone keyboard, and it will then show you a string of number representing the IMEI number of your iPhone. So, if you bought your iPhone legally, the number shown should match the number printed behind your iPhone casing. So, make sure to remember your mobile phone’s IMEI and store it someplace safe. This will prove to be useful if your mobile phone do get lost. You can immediately use this IMEI number by calling your operator and tell them that your mobile phone got stolen or lost. Another interesting thing you can do with your IMEI number is that you can use this number and check the validity of it at selfsolve.apple.com. There you can type in your IMEI number and it will show you the status of your iPhone and show whether it is still under warranty or not. So, please be aware of your iPhone IMEI number that is printed at your iPhone so that you can use the number either to track your phone if it got stolen or to check the validity of your iPhone with Apple.