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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by La Cosa Nostra, May 22, 2010.

  1. La Cosa Nostra

    Thread Starter

    So im new with VW and i need to figure out if i can recover my cell phone.

    Are they able to locate it with the GPS function?

    I didnt download any software or apps specifically for locating cell phone.

    My cell died the night it was stolen and i called it today and it rang so the person had to of charged it and is most likely using it.

    Im thinking about seeing what numbers the person has called and try to use them to recover the phone. Either having the police contact them and ask who is their friend that called them from my number or me calling and pretending to be the police officer investigating the stolen phone.

    Any suggestions?!?!?
     



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  2. Piercing Heavens

    Piercing Heavens Well-Known Member

    It's gone. Cancel the service on that number so you don't get charged for any calls he makes.
     
  3. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    It's probably gone, but call customer service and see if they can access the phone's location. If they can't help, file a police report. Considering the value of the phone, this was grand larceny.
     
  4. brettlewis

    brettlewis Android Expert

    They can kill the phone remotely im certain because of the ESN.
    Definitely go to Verizon and tell them asap. Who knows, they might be able to track them with the GPS..
     
  5. superchaos

    superchaos Android Enthusiast

    VW will not track a stolen phone. Go online and see the numbers your phone has ben calling. Try calling a couple of the numbers and ask who called from that number. Then call the police and let them know what you found out. Next time download mobile defense.
     
  6. Mahalo

    Mahalo Android Enthusiast

    True that! Awesome app.
     
  7. n_i_x

    n_i_x Newbie

    Next time pay the $6/mo for insurance and use mobile defense, wave secure, or one of the many other apps to do this.

    Sent from my ADR6300 using Tapatalk
     
  8. necosino

    necosino Android Expert

    Where's My Droid is my choice :D
     
  9. potterdood

    potterdood Android Enthusiast

    How is Lookout? I use it and am happy with it, but should I switch to 1 of these other 1's named?
     
  10. seVer

    seVer Android Expert

    on VZW, you have to have a special feature in order to call to an international number.

    definitely agree with everybody about calling to suspend the line. You can also do it online thru My Verizon, or over the phone if you call 611 or 800-922-0204 (listen for the options).

    Also, to agree with most, VZW will not track the phone for you. There are rare circumstances where GPS or cell-site coordinates are used for tracking a device, and they usually require a law enforcement reasons... not a lost or stolen phone.
     
  11. Locoman

    Locoman Well-Known Member

    I just installed Mobile Defense and seems to work pretty good. It located my phone, and I was able to lock it and unlock it. I also sent an alert to my phone with a pin # and a loud alarm came on on my phone then I entered the pin to shut it off, pretty cool! You can even send a message with the alert like "You @%#*&%(@!, you stole my phone" LOL.
     
  12. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    I have a friend who had lookout installed on his Moto Droid. His phone was stolen, but still being used. He tracked it to a restaurant, went in and sat down. He called it, heard it ring, and watched a guy pull it out of his pocket, look at the number, and then silence it.

    He called the police, and when they showed up approached the guy and confronted him. Didn't have to cancel his number, and the bad guy was caught.
     
  13. contagous

    contagous Android Expert

    epic !!!
     
  14. GrandMasterB

    GrandMasterB Go Go Gadget Flow!

    Right on man. That would have to fell pretty good. Guess I better get something implemented on mine just in case....
     
  15. woop

    woop novacane (OFWGKTA)

    What would you guys say is the best remote security app? I made a thread a while back but no one really could answer.
     
  16. upther

    upther Android Enthusiast

    I use Lookout but haven't had any real opportunity to use it. I've tracked it before and the GPS locates it pretty damn close. Like an idiot I made it alarm and it wouldn't stop. Had to pull the battery.

    The only problem with Lookout and apps like it is if the person who stole/found it turns off the GPS, you're out of luck.
     
  17. contagous

    contagous Android Expert

    lol thats true, i wonder if there is an app to password protect the gps on/off feature of something :) could be cool idea
     
  18. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Yeah that would suck. I simply hope that anyone smart enough to know that much about a phone is smart enough to earn a living and buy their own.

    I use Lookout and it seems to work great, although I've never tried any of the other ones. I've tried the location feature a few times, and it gets pretty close.
     
  19. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor
    VIP Member

    People, lets not make rude comments and certainly no replies to them, flaming etc. The two posts in question were deleted.

    Next time, infractions will be given.

    Play nice.

    TS
     
  20. rabernet

    rabernet Android Enthusiast

    App Lock ;)
     
  21. jayjay1122

    jayjay1122 Android Expert

    While snagging the chump who stole our phone might sound pretty cool and even fun, I think we are all missing one of the better parts of CDMA phones...No SIM card!

    Yeah paying deductibles sucks, but you can render that stolen phone into a paperweight by simply deactivating it and reporting it stolen. Anyone who would steal a CDMA phone is a real chuckle-head!


    EDIT: Well let me amend that to its cool that someone who stole it can't just change a SIM card...SIM's are pretty cool at times as well! :)
     
  22. sxshep

    sxshep Member

    :) x2... I did the same thing, at like 3am and woke up my roommate on accident... that alarm is super annoying
     
  23. Reddog80p

    Reddog80p Android Enthusiast

    Call and cancel. You could get lucky and contact one of the ppl the thief is calling just tell them that you know the person that called you stole the phone and if they turn it in to any verizon you will not press charges. It's just a scare tactic. Most likely the person will sell or just dump the phone if they are worried but you may get lucky.
     
  24. brettlewis

    brettlewis Android Expert

    what I meant by "they will track it" is if you report it they will deactivate it and if anyone goes into the store to activate it they will know it is stolen based on the ESN. Im not sure what they do in that case, but at least you know they wont activate it for anyone.
     
  25. alison03

    alison03 Android Enthusiast

    Been reading various reviews but it's hard to decide. Lookout vs. Mobile Defense?

    is anti-virus super necessary?
     

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