What to do when your cell phone gets stolen

  1. Here is something worth knowing if you have a mobile phone....

    Have you ever wondered why phone companies don't seem interested in trying to prevent the theft of mobile phones? If you have ever lost, or had one stolen, and if you are on a plan, you still have to pay the plan approximately up to 24 months, and you have to buy another handset and enter into another
    contract. This is more revenue for the phone company.

    There is a simple way of making lost or stolen mobiles useless to
    thieves and the phone companies know about it, but keep it quiet.

    To check your mobile phone's serial number, key in the following on your phone: star-pound-zero-six-pound ( * .. 0 6 .. ) and a fifteen digit code will appear on the screen. This is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it safe.

    Should your mobile phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset, so even if the thief changes the sim card, your phone will be totally useless.

    You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody did this, there would be no point in stealing mobile phones. You may want to send this to as many people with mobiles as possible.

    No charge for directory assistance

    Phone companies are charging us $1.00 or more for 411 - information calls.
    When you need to use the 411 / information option! Simply dial
    1-800-FREE-411 or 1 800 373 3411 without incurring a charge.

    This is information people don't mind receiving - Pass it on. Works on home phones and cellphones.
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Roy Fokker
    Unless you unlock your phone first

    But it's not a bad idea to know the serial number of your phone first
  4. by   Katnip
    We've had a couple of phones stolen and never had a problem locking them up. We have a few old phones hanging around still so we've just switched hte number to the old phone until the time rolls around and we're eligible to get another free or deep discounted phone.
  5. by   babynurselsa
    OR you can always go to ebay......
    Just make sure you know what type of system your carrier uses so you do not buy an incompatible phone.
  6. by   P_RN
    I just called Verizon and they locked the phone. I had insurance on them and they had me a new one in the mail the next day. And Verizon doesn't use SIM cards