Post # 1
My husband’s cell phone has been stolen. He had it out in a common area of our apartment area and someone swiped it without us noticing. It’s been gone two days now (we thought maybe he had just misplaced it), and last night we checked the call log to see if it had been used, and someone has been making a lot of phone calls on it (but not enough to go over his plan minutes). We had the number turned off and reported the phone as stolen to Verizon. On the plus side, he is already eligible for an upgraded phone, so a new phone will be free to him anyway; it’s just the numbers he’s lost.
Have any of you experienced your phone getting stolen? Are there any steps I should take to make sure everything gets resovled properly? Thanks all.
Post # 3
Do you think it was someone who lives in your apartment complex? I’d probably notify your landlord or building manager, so that they can be aware that this has happened. That way, if anyone else reports something, they can put the other residents on alert to be more cautious with their valuables and belongings.
Post # 4
I have Verizon also, the best tip I can give you is to download Backup Assistant onto your phone. It normally costs $1.99 a month but if you have an account online with Verizon its free. FI and I have a shared plan, we both have separate accounts so we both get it for free. The way it works is it stores all your contacts online so in case you get a new phone alls you have to do is download the Backup Assistant onto your new phone and all your contacts are there. Oh and they also have this new thing called Media Restore where you can go online to your account and retrieve all the media you’ve downloaded onto your new phone
Post # 5
What a bummer that is chelseamorning! I haven’t really had my phone stolen – the closest I have come to that is loosing it at a bar, calling it, some random guy answering it and I said "this is my phone…where are you" and met him, and took my phone back!
Post # 6
I download all my numbers to my computer periodically so that I’ve got back-up. There’s no bigger pain in the butt then having to re-find all your numbers.
I had a phone stolen once, and the person had the nerve to pick it up when I called it. Grr. Luckily, once they knew I was on to them, they abandoned it!
Post # 7
So sorry that happened, it really stinks! That’s never happened to me, knock on wood, but I also recommend the backup assistant because my hubby lost his phone a few years back and he also lost his contacts, but now that won’t happen twice.
Post # 8
verizon has your call history- you can get numbers out of it if you sort of know them or know when you called!
Post # 9
My phone has never been stolen, however, last night when my husband and I were leaving a restaurant, a man that had been standing a few feet from our table approached me and asked to borrow it. I told him no and that should have been the end of it. But my mind just would not let it go. It made no sense for him to want my phone when there is a pay phone in the lobby of the restaurant, and the management there has a policy that they will make phone calls for customers (I called and checked, plus alerted them to the incident.
Finally, it dawned on me that the man probably didn’t have any intention of making a call, he probably wanted what information he thought was stored on the phone. I don’t store anything other than basic information on the phone, but that is enough for a thief to cause trouble with. Suppose this guy wanted to call his heroin dealer and then my number would have shown up on that persons caller ID. Or suppose I had recently called my bank or had been using the phone for internet applications. With just basic information that is stored on a persons cellphone, their whole life can be ruined with identity theft.
Be aware, never loan your cell phone to strangers, (it does have your personal information on it, as well as your contact information), and also don’t place a call for someone either unless you know them very well or you know exactly who you are calling, for example… the police. Sadly, in this day and age our private information is all too often sold and traded and used against us.