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How to Protect a Mobile Phone

1Keep details.Make a record of all your phone information and keep this in a safe place. Include the following elements in the information:
*.Your phone number
*.The make and model
*.Color and appearance details
*.The pin or security lock code
*. The IMEI number(on GSM phones)
2Add a security mark.Use an ultra violet pen to print your post code and house number onto both your mobile handset and battery. This makes it easily identifiable as your property if lost or stolen. It would also be good if you write your alternate contact number or email id on your phone. This would help the finder of your handset to contact you if he or she intents to return it. The ultra-violet pen marking will wear off every couple of months, so reapply it when you feel necessary.
3Use the security lock code, or PIN feature, to lock your phone.This will make it less valuable to a thief and deny them access to personal numbers stored on your SIM card.
4Register your phone with your network operator.If your phone is stolen, report the loss to them immediately. Using your IMEI number, they may be able to block your hand set and account details. Some wireless carriers are willing to do this, and some aren't. If done, this will prevent anyone from using the phone across any network, even if the SIM card is changed.
*.Keep in mind that once the phone is disabled, it may not be able to be used again, even if you get it back.
*.Keep records of this call--the date, time, name of the person you spoke to, what they said, and their extension. Ask for confirmation in writing that your phone has been disabled. [2]This is important in case the thief makes fraudulent charges on your account.
5Have your phone number disabled.In addition to reporting your phone lost or stolen, you should also disable your phone number (not account) so that no further charges can be applied. This is in case the thief figures out how to access your account through another hand set, or in case the carrier is unwilling to block the handset. Remember that, as mentioned earlier, many thieves stand to benefit from using your service rather than selling your phone, especially between the moment they steal it and the moment you realize your phone is missing. [3]
As in the previous step, keep detailed records of when you requested your account to be disabled.
6Request an immediate, formal investigation from your carrier.Sometimes this can prevent (or at least delay) the carrier from launching a collections effort and tainting your credit, if things get ugly. [4]
7File a police report immediately.Time is money, literally. A thief can add over US$10,000 to your cell phone bill in just hours by making international calls, and you might end up being asked to foot the bill. Some phone companies may require proof that the phone was actually stolen, versus it having been lost. A police report serves as evidence, which will make your wireless provider more cooperative, especially if insurance is involved.
If you continue to encounter problems with your wireless provider in that they are not disabling the phone or your account in a timely manner and insist that you cover the charges made by the thief, let them know that you intend to file a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), your state attorney general's office, and your state's public utility commission (PUC) (or the equivalent authorities in your country). [5]
8Make a lime-green color gel for your phone's display.This will make your phone look like an old monochrome one. A very experienced hobbyist can also replace all white SMD LEDs in the phone with lime-green ones (better not only in display, but also in keyboard). Such a mod will distract most thieves, but note, however, that it may attract a rare group of thieves who hunt for vintage items.
9Install anti phone theft software.There are suppliers that provide modern anti theft software for your phone. The software enables you to remotely contact your mobile and stay in control. For example, one of the recently published solutions for Symbian and Android is Theft Aware; others provide Windows Mobile or Blackberry support (GadgetTrak, [6]).
10Never let the phone get out of your sight.Unless you are sleeping of course, always have your eyes on the phone.
If by chance your phone is lost/stolen, the company may not be helpful in returning it or your number because they think you may be the thief, you have a chance of getting them to believe you were the owner by reciting a detailed history of the phone...telling them how many hours were usually on the phone, how many times the phone was replaced, how you paid for your service, etc. You must prove you are the real owner as you know its history.
Mobile phones are valuable, both to you and potential thieves, so take care when using them in public. Avoid having them on display, or talking on them in busy areas where they can be easily snatched.
If you own a Nokia Series 60 phone (ex E61, 6620, etc) or some others you may enable a remote lock command. This permits you to send a text(sms) message to your phone to lock the phone remotely. If your phone does not support this, products like Theft Aware help you to do that anyways.
At least on some Sprint phones (and maybe other carriers), if the default lock code is not 1234, it could be the last 4 digits of your cell phone number. For example, if your cellphone number is (123) 456-7890, the default lock code could be 7890.
If you have a MobileMe account and an iPhone, you can use the Find my iPhone feature (same for iPad, even though this article isn't about them)
If you are in the UK, the Home Office and Police advise you to also visit ImMobilise. This is free to join service allowing you to register your equipment against your contact details. If recovered, the police are able to access this information and the effect of "If phone stolen IMEInumber will be reported" is normally enough for it to be dropped off to the local police station.
IMEIstands for International Mobile Equipment Identity and is the 15 digit number unique to your phone, it can be found by looking beneath the battery or by keying in *#06# on most phones.
Never leave your mobile phone unattended. It only takes a second for it to be grabbed. Keep it secure and out of sight.
Don't lose your Security Code. Carriers can give you the PIN code, but the Security Code you set on your mobile can usually only be reset by having the software reset by the manufacturer. This means you'll have to visit a repair center or send the device off for repair.
Never reveal your PIN code or SIM Lock code under any circumstances, unless an authorized party is asking for it.
Always keep your phone deep inside the internal pocket of your jacket or coat, whenever walking through any street.
If you live in the USA, not all of these tips will work for you. Some US cell phone companies won't disable your phone using the IMEI number in this same manner.
Keep in mind the possibility that you simply have misplaced your handset and that the person who has it intends to return it to you. Be polite in all circumstances, even if you suspect theft.
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