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Got my Nexus S Stolen, need help

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by masta86, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. masta86

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    Hey guys, I got my nexus S stolen today...

    Already called my provider to stop my data service and outgoing call...

    I was wondering if there is anyway to track my phone using is GPS

    I subscribe to samsung canada website and when i tried to register my product it says my serial number is invalid while im 100% its the right one, i tried both Imei and Sku...

    My provider is videotron, im in montreal, qc, can
    The phone is the T-Mobile version 1700/2100

    If you have any tips or tricks im taking everything, thx alot !!!

    Sry for my english, it not my main language and im kinda stressed right now, cannot really afford a 2nd Nexus S sadly :(

    Thx alot !!!
     

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    Without a tracking app installed, and without it active on your account, there's nothing you can do to track it down via GPS. It is possible to track a phone via IMEI number, but only law enforcement entities have the authority to do so.

    The best thing you can do would be report it to your carrier and have them flag the IMEI number as stolen (and ask if they can pass that information onto other carriers as well). This way, if the thief ever tries to register it again, he won't be able to, and will hopefully have the phone confiscated, possibly being returned to you eventually. Don't get your hopes up though...

    As for future protection, I recommend SeekDroid. It's a $0.99 app, no service fees, and it lets you track your phone, view call logs, lock it, and even wipe your data, all remotely.
     
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    Isn't it possible to install and push an app like SeekDroid or Lookout manually using the online market? Because if they haven't deleted your accounts you still have a chance to install the app if it's connected to some form of data or wifi. It's a small chance, but i would say to give it a try.
     
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    There is a program called Plan B from the developers of Lookout Security that can attempt to find a missing phone if nothing was previously installed, but I believe the phone has to still be active on the carrier. By shutting off the phone's service (probably a good move to save the thief from running up a huge bill) there is really no way to push anything to the phone.
     
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    The phone would still be connected to the internet. I suppose if the guy were on a Wifi network, it could be possible.

    Another thing to do would be to check your Google account connection history. If you go into Gmail and scroll down to the bottom, you'll see "Last account activity" with a "Details" link. Click the link and it will give you a list of IP addresses where you've logged in from. If the thief were on his home Wifi and went into your Gmail, you'd be able to get his IP address, which along with the time, would be enough information for the police to track him down.
     
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    Do police really work to track down a cell phone?? I would think they would blow it off and just file a report...
     
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    Depends where you live. A small town with little crime, I'm sure they'd be willing to put out the effort. In a large metropolitan area, murders and assaults will likely come first.

    Edit: Also, with enough information, such that it's almost guaranteed it'll lead to the culprit, they're often be willing to put it through, since it has a high chance of leading to an arrest and/or conviction, which bolsters their numbers.
     
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