Identifying Lost Phone

As a school secretary, we end up with many cellphones left on the property or playgrounds during off school hours by groups using our building. It was difficult to find the owner of the phone just by checking "contacts" and many phones had to be sent to the recycle center. I just realized how easy it would have been to find the rightful owner if their alternate phone number was listed in the contact list.

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I didn't want to identify my name so I put in "Owner of Missing Phone" in the contact list and an alternate phone number for anyone to call to return the phone. Hopefully, I will never need this, but it seems like an easier way to identify who the phone belongs to so it can be returned faster.

By HerkDia from Baltimore, MD

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March 13, 20120 found this helpful

A few years back, my husband found a cell phone while walking in the neighborhood. I called the "Dad cell" number on the contact list using that phone and dad told me whose phone it was. He contacted his son, who called me on his cell while I was holding it.

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The son then came and picked up the phone at an agreed upon place. Turned out he only lived a few blocks away and had been out walking, too when he lost it. The point is if you have "cell" beside the contact name, that person will be able to see the number of the phone you're calling with and identify it.

In another situation, my granddaughter found a cell phone but it was "locked" with no way to find the contact list without the security code. My other grandchildren are playing with that phone as a toy. We had no way to return it.

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February 26, 20130 found this helpful

You can call the company (verizon, Tmobil, etc) which the phone belongs to, give the serial number and they can locate the owner, they will notify them. If a currently activated phone, the serial number is on record.

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My phone has 3 ICE numbers... In Case of Emergency and those are good numbers to call as well. My husband slapped an address sticker on the backside of his phone. Since he usually chooses the least expensive to do the job (no smart phone necessary) that works too.

For those who loose their phone, call and report it immediately. Remember your photos on your phone can be accessed by anyone with it in their hand. Don't leave a photo on it you would not want the world to see.

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February 26, 20130 found this helpful

Good idea! Here's what happened to me: I pulled into the parking lot of my doctor's office. I found a phone and found out that it didn't belong to anyone inside the office. Nobody had inquired about a lost phone. I opened the phone to see if I could find the owner's information. To my surprise, the first contacts were "Cheater" & "Cheater's Work!" Hilarious! :0)

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February 28, 20130 found this helpful

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I put an address sticker on the back of my phone, so whoever finds it will hopefully return it. Thanks, Billy

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February 28, 20130 found this helpful

Our police department told us to list a family members number in our cell phone under the name of ICE if at any time during an accident they are able to identify the one contact that is known to you. Also you can put MOM or DAD. My son lost his phone and the party that found it called me as he had me listed as Mom. I was able to contact him and he was able to retrieve his cell phone.

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