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So, you just come home from your dinner with friends and suddenly you do not know where you put your iPhone. Did you leave it at the restaurant or at work? Or probably it is still in your house. You probably fear the worst that someone might have stolen your cell phone. Luckily locating a cell phone is quite easy.
If you own an iPhone, you can always use the Find iPhone apps. First of all you need to download this app to your iPhone. Then you must log in to the app with your Apple account ID. Once activated, the device will share its location. The minimum network requirement for it to track the device is either through GPS signal, 3G, WiFi, or location triangulation via cell towers. What is a location triangulation via cell towers? I will deliberate on this in future post. If you have an iPad or any other Apple devices, you can easily track your iPhone by logging into your account via the find iPhone apps. There it will list all of your devices that are connected to the iCloud. Once it detected your device, it will show the location of your device on a map. You can also have the option of remote triggering the device to omit ringing sound or lock it so that it can not be used by unwanted parties. Other interesting thing is that you can also follow other people's Apple's devices through your list of contact. Once you select the list of contact you want to follow, it will notify your friends and family that you are following them through the iPhone apps. It is a very neat app and it can also reduce your worries if you lose your iPhone or misplaced them.
Another way for you to track your cell phone is by tracking your phone's IMEI. IMEI stands for International Mobile Station Equipment Identity. It is a unique number for every mobile phone that was manufactured. It has 14 to 15 numbers that represent your mobile phones ID. You can quickly know your phone unique IMEI number by pressing * # 06 # on your phone keypad. Your phone will instantly show a string of numbers. This number represents the phones IMEI. The IMEI is usually used by GSM operator network to identify whether your phone is a valid device and not a clone one or a stolen one. GSM operator can actually stop the mobile phone that has an IMEI that was blacklisted. So, by blacklisting the IMEI, even though the thief changes the SIM of the phone, it will still can not be used since the IMEI is unique to the mobile phone itself.
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. By giving the mobile phones IMEI number, the operator will block that mobile phone form using the operator's network. This will make the stolen mobile phone render less. But, if you decide locate your mobile phone yourself; there are a number of services or software available on the web. There are also many free software available. You can search the web for other free tracking devices for your mobile number. However, your operator usually can do the tracking for you. Usually your network operator will ask for a police report before they can do the tracking of your mobile phone. So, lodge a police report and then give your mobile phone IMEI to the operator. Once, they have tracked the location of your phone, it is advisable that you should notify the police and let them do their job in retrieving it. Do not put yourself in danger. You will never know how dangerous the thieves might be. Do not get yourself hurt or die just because of a cell phone. Your life is much more valuable. Get some help. The police are the best choice to report to and let them do the job.