loss of cell phone

@sang2k2 (1834)
India
December 10, 2007 6:24am CST
yesterday at around 8.00 in the evening my friend was nabbed by 3 people. one of them held him by neck ,second one held the hand and snatched the mobile and the third one was sitting on the bike and than the other 2 went there towards the third one and ran away on motorbike. my friend went and lodged the FIR and than started calling on the cell and to our surprise the sim was not removed from the cell and we were able to reach that thef and he even lift the call but he doenst speak. I called up on the hotline number of the network provider and asked if i can get the details of the number dialled after 8.00 or if they can trace the cell through their network, that where exactly is the sim.i need suggesstions.please help to solve the case.
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19 responses
• India
10 Dec 07
Hi friend, I feel that it is not possible to trace the culprit in our country, for these kind of cases, as the police will show least of interest in cases like this. It is better that we must exercise caution, as we go out, and must take care of ourselves. Take care friend and have a nice day:)
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@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
10 Dec 07
i agree but in this case the thing is without the help of police or their intervention if the service provider of mobile would have helped the case would have had solved with in a span of say absolute 10 mins. As i expected the service provider to give the details of the last dialled numbers or even to trace through their network system the location of the cell. The best part was the cell in roaming than this was again an added advantage and would have proved easy for the service provider to get the location.
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@fanji008 (782)
• China
10 Dec 07
Hi,there! Well,sorry to hear that you lost your cell phone.That sounds like a robbery.Anyway,you guys didn't get hurt,that's the good side.Since you've already dialed the number and the guy picked up the call,so I think his position could be traced and maybe some people also had seen them.You'd better call the place and then they can ask the network provider to offer the materials.I hope the thief would be caught and you can get your cell phone back.Good luck and best wishes! Don't worry too much about it.You'll make it!
@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
10 Dec 07
thanks for your concern even i wish that using that logic only if the network provider helps me than i can trace the mobile.
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@ssh123 (31096)
• India
10 Dec 07
Snatching of cell phones have become a common scene in big cities like Bangalore. People give police complaints and inform the service provider. But the thieves change the sim and use it or sell it to someone. Another interesting story is the Police who receive your complaint have to solve it. They cannot solve it, you know and I know. What they do, if you keep visiting twice or thrice, they will show you some 100 to 200 cell phones which they have recovered from thieves or snatchers but you will not find yours. The police have to solve the problem otherwise the no. of complaints keep growing, sot they ask you to pick one from the lot and you have to write that you have found your mobile and the case is closed. The police will be happy to see such a thing happening and they are generous enough to give you a mobile (lucky you may get a expensive one too). See whether this can solve your problem.
@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
10 Dec 07
yeh lets see , one of his friend is also in police force so keeping the fingers crossed.
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• China
10 Dec 07
it is criminal.call the police.what a nuisance! someone robbed your friend.where is the police? and can your friend spot the culprit.if he cann't. it is difficult to catch the robber. forget it,and buy a new one.just a bad luck.it is no big deal.
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@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
10 Dec 07
it was dark so he cudnt see the person trying to forget
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@makatas (1101)
• Greece
16 Dec 07
I am afraid you cant do much.You must be happy that your friend is safe, because sometimes those thieves are angry without reason and hit people just to stop them from possible resistance. Those thefts are common thing in my country, they would bring a knife in your neck and all you can do is hand over the cellphone to save your life :(
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• Canada
11 Dec 07
If the phone isn't on a plan, then call the service provider and cancel the service for that phone. That way, the theives won't be able to use the phone. It's the only way. As for the phone, well, it's lost.
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• Philippines
11 Dec 07
the best way to do is to report it to your provider and give them the ime number of your phone..using this ime they can locate the new number of the sim being used if the snatcher had already replcaed the sim with a new one... This happened to me also..i reported it to the provider and they asked me for my ime number of the phoene..after a week i got the new number being used on my lost cellphone and was able to plead to fiender to return it and i'l give him some cash lower to the equivalent value of my phone..
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• Pakistan
11 Dec 07
So sorry to hear all about this. All I could say is, buy a new one :) Tracing is not possible, they would never reveal or describe the details to a civilian, maybe to Police or any other law enforcements. They can only tell in what particular area (in mobile terminology its called CELL ID) that cellphone is in, and picking up signals, but that is only possible, if you have your SIM inside it, and the cellphone is switched on. However, those thieves are clever enough to not to put those SIM, they use theirs. You could had traced it, if you had any kind of GPS (Global Positioning System) software installed, and having your phone abilities of being an GPS phone. And I guess, it's not in regular phones. So buy another one dear, bad things happen. Hope this clears your point.
@fvalente (852)
• Portugal
10 Dec 07
Giving the IME number to you cell provider they can lock the phone ;)
@dpk262006 (56764)
• Delhi, India
12 Dec 07
It is really very bad...whatever happened with your friend. But I doubt...if there are convenient and easy methods to recover the cell. I feel service provider won't come to your rescue. Best of luck!
@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
12 Dec 07
thanks but you would be sad to know that its happened in your city only buddy.
@dpk262006 (56764)
• Delhi, India
17 Dec 07
Do you mean New Delhi???????
@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
17 Dec 07
yes!!!!
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
12 Dec 07
it has become a common practice. But i have seen although people lodge FIR and all, still in very few cases it is actually is the case that the thief has been caught and the phone recovered.what you did it right. Now it depends on the activity of the service provier and police.
@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
13 Dec 07
yeh these activities have risen a lot but still to my surprise the police and service provider should immediately take actions but its always the other way round.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
6 Jun 11
Hi. sang2k2. I am very sorry to hear about your friend's cell phone. He has done the right thing by trying to track down his sms in his cell phone. I would do all of this and then I would let the police in on what is going on too. I have never been robbed personally and I can't understand how it feels to be robbed. I hope that, he can track his cell phone down. I think that he should also notify his cell phone carrier about his cell phone being stolen by three robbers. It is just a shame that people can't buy their own things, they would just rather steal from someone else!
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
15 Dec 07
Your friend is lucky that he wasn't hurt. I think that you are on the right track of catching whoever done this. I can't believe that they would actually answer it but thieves are dumb sometimes. I think that your friend will get it back as the phone company should be able to track it.
@az03r4 (914)
• Indonesia
12 Dec 07
Oh God. I have no idea about that. But I think that you have not anything to do. Just let it go, baby. I've ever lost my cellphone. And it's not only once. I'm so sad. But I always trying to accpet that and try to keep my phone carefully and put it on the best place so I won't loose it again.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
12 Dec 07
Dear sang, This has become quite common and we can do nothing when such things happen. Once I heard about 'mobile tracking'. Its a feature available in all modern cell phones where we are to feed in the any other mobile number (preferably of a close friend or family). Now, when the mobile gets lost and the cheat tries to put in another SIM, the mobile will track it and ring in the fed in number. Thus, we get to know about the new number and can trace him. Hope this helps.
@nkhanna (925)
• India
11 Dec 07
Its really sad to hear about your friends mobile snatching story.i think the guys who stole the mobile are new in this field and probably a college going or school going guys,who did this just in need of some extra money for their pocket.most commonly thieves switch off the mobile after looting,but to my surprise they did not do so.if at they would have used your mobile for calling then i am sure you can trace them.all the best to you.
• India
11 Dec 07
Last weak my friend mobile missed the bus ok he realised his cell was missed so he tryed to call gis number yes his cell is working someone pick the phone we thank the God, he said i got a this cell from bus if yu are the owner means come to airport iam working here like taht , so we both went in airport after that he didint pick up the phone , some times he is picking he is tellikd something , then two days he is picking the phone but no respods so we logged complaint , after that itsself that mobilre was switched off ..
• United States
11 Dec 07
I am sorry about your friend. I am glad your friend is alright. Call the cell phone company and have them do everything they can and also file a police report. The cell company can block the handset as well as the sim card but they will require some information such as serial numbers etc. Good luck and be careful out there!
• Philippines
11 Dec 07
has your friend taken note of the NTC serial # at the back of the phone? you can use that to deactivate the phone if there's no way tracing the culprit :-) Goodluck