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Would you realize if you lost your smartphone?

#1 User is offline   Macworld 

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 08:48 AM

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  Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:12 AM

The odds are very good of finding a lost iPhone using Find My Phone -- the odds of getting your phone back are only poor if your phone is *stolen*. That's a pretty critical distinction for those of us who don't live in environments crawling with pickpockets and other thieves (wherever that might be).
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  Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:19 AM

Interesting survey. If you asked me how long it would take for me to miss my phone, that question would make me aware of my phone and I would probably underestimate the time it would take. Unless, I tried to compensate for my immediate awareness by extending my estimate. The question invites overanalyzing the issue.
My point is that I am wondering how valid the YouGov survey is. Even if it was not skewed by its sponsor being a security company.
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  Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:28 AM

Only 28% of 18-24 would notice if the phone was gone within 5 minutes??? Ok, my younger daughter is now 26 but it's attached to her body so she would notice it was gone in 5 seconds!

I do agree with the comment about your wife's phone. Mine is the same way but she's not used to having a portable phone and the one she has is not a smartphone so she doesn't use it that much. Finding one of the the house phones that's off its base in less than 15 minutes can be a challenge.
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  Posted 01 April 2011 - 10:17 AM

Read this article and so looked for iPhone expecting to find it in my handbag. Not there. Frantic search in my home. No joy. Near cardiac arrest. Clicked on "Find My IPhone." Pointed me to my car. Found it on car floor where I dropped it. Hooray for "Find My iPhone."
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Posted 01 April 2011 - 10:43 AM

View Postrob53, on 01 April 2011 - 09:28 AM, said:

Only 28% of 18-24 would notice if the phone was gone within 5 minutes??? Ok, my younger daughter is now 26 but it's attached to her body so she would notice it was gone in 5 seconds!

I do agree with the comment about your wife's phone. Mine is the same way but she's not used to having a portable phone and the one she has is not a smartphone so she doesn't use it that much. Finding one of the the house phones that's off its base in less than 15 minutes can be a challenge.


Get a piece of string or cord of some sort, then tie one end to the base and the other to the handset.
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Posted 01 April 2011 - 05:42 PM

View Postbastion, on 01 April 2011 - 10:43 AM, said:

View Postrob53, on 01 April 2011 - 09:28 AM, said:

Finding one of the the house phones that's off its base in less than 15 minutes can be a challenge.

Get a piece of string or cord of some sort, then tie one end to the base and the other to the handset.


um, excuse me if I'm missing the point here, but isn't that defeating the purpose of having a cordless phone?

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 02:56 AM

View PostDanaLea73, on 01 April 2011 - 05:42 PM, said:

View Postbastion, on 01 April 2011 - 10:43 AM, said:

View Postrob53, on 01 April 2011 - 09:28 AM, said:

Finding one of the the house phones that's off its base in less than 15 minutes can be a challenge.

Get a piece of string or cord of some sort, then tie one end to the base and the other to the handset.


um, excuse me if I'm missing the point here, but isn't that defeating the purpose of having a cordless phone?


The point was that I was trying to be intentionally silly.

The sad thing is, I've seen comparable "solutions" to problems not only suggested by actually adopted.

I haven't looked recently, but it's my impression that a common feature of cordless phones is the ability to use the base station to trigger the handset to make a sound, such that you can figure out where it got left this time. If it's a real issue for the prior poster, and their current phones don't have this feature, I'd look into replacing it. If you value your time, those 15-minute blocks add up fast.
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  Posted 02 April 2011 - 03:57 AM

I keep my iPhone in my pocket. I never leave it… ever. I waited 2 months for it, and I finally got it. I have it all the time.
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  Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:42 AM

I don't understand how people "drop" things and don't notice. I also don't understand why people think it's ok to walk around with their purses and bags wide open? It's easy for stuff to fall out or get taken.
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 01:10 PM

Between 62.5% & 93.75% of all surveys are bogus
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  Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:43 AM

I have a hard time deciding how I might respond to the survey. I'd notice the phone missing immediately if stolen while I was using it, say as a mobile hotspot or something (often in the other room). Or if it was time to go to work or go home, when I always grab it to take with me. But I actually work at work (thus increasing productivitiy)and so my smartphone is silenced or off for that 9 hours of every day. And Sometimes I just leave it at home, so it could be stolen while I'm working and not be noticed for a LONG time. And I also turn it off when I go out dining or with friends--because friends in real life trump friends sending twatters or texts. So maybe an evening could go by without noticing the theft/loss. So the time would range between 1 minute to 9 hours, depending upon circumstance. How did the survey weight this? What conditions were set?

+1 @ Martian.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 03:16 AM

View Posthayesk, on 02 April 2011 - 11:42 AM, said:

I don't understand how people "drop" things and don't notice. I also don't understand why people think it's ok to walk around with their purses and bags wide open? It's easy for stuff to fall out or get taken.


Open purses are the analog-world equivalent of trivial passwords, and they happen for the same reason: Until something actually happens to make them regret it, convenience is more on most peoples' minds than security.

Also, while the headline talks about "smartphones," the body of the article isn't that specific; in some places the wording implies that the numbers apply to all cellphones. Since a lot of modern phones are quite tiny, I have no problem believing people don't notice their absence.
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  Posted 03 April 2011 - 10:23 AM

Ummm.... I assumed this was an April-Fool's story...
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