After six months of saving up money you finally bought that Nokia N900. Sleek, powerful and provides you with excellent work-on-the-go capabilities. Too bad it got stolen while you were getting down from that busy train!
Had a wild party last night, couldn’t control showing off your latest Nokia smartphone. Downed a few extra shots and now you don’t even remember where you left off that phone? To put it simply — you lost your phone.
Tracking Nokia mobile phones is quite easy these days, similar to finding lost iPhone. You can always recover a stolen iPhone, and likewise, any phone for that matter can be traced. A few tricks will let you stay notified of not only your own mobile phone, but also that of your friends’.
Take for example the Google Latitude application which is available for free (data charges added as per service provider’s plan).
The Google latitude application asks for your mobile phone number when you register. Once that is done a link is sent to your Google Latitude installed phone. After you accept the invitation (link) you can easily see the position of your mobile phone when you log in to Google.
In iGoogle you can add your friends’ phone numbers as well and if they accept then their locations are visible to you on the map. You can also access this feature from the mobile phone itself. So if your stolen Nokia phone had Google Latitude installed on it, then a few mouse clicks would be enough to pinpoint its location. After that it’s the clicking of a different key.
The phone locator software does the same work as Latitude but is compatible with lesser Nokia phones like the N95, N78, E71 and a few more. It uses GPS as its basis to locate your lost phone. The best part is that it is free.
Other than this you can create a free account at transportlines which provide the same service but even for Nokia 6210s and 6220s. These free cell phone trackers can prove to be a great boon in recovering your missing cell phone.
Note: If you have basic model handsets, that you must know that applications doesn’t like Google Latitude doesn’t work. In such cases, you are left with no choice than to block sim card number as suggested by Nokia. You can also read more about spying cell pones.
Those who do not own a phone which has sophisticated GPS tracking capabilities or those Nokia phones which do not support the above softwares, the only way left would be to notify the local authorities and service provider with your cell number and phone’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identification) number. Take care to note down this number at the time of purchase.
The IMEI number is usually printed on the package or you can also find it out by pressing *#06# (star-hash-zero-six-hash) on your phone. Service providers across the globe — Airtel, Aircel, Reliance, Tata Docomo, Vodafone, etc. for India — can crosscheck the position of a cell phone using the IMEI number. Although this information is considered highly confidential and only in special cases are they revealed by the provider. They can however lock-down the IMEI number making the mobile phone unusable.
A suggestion would be to simply go for a GPS featured Nokia phone and follow the steps above. Don’t forget to note down your IMEI number, always! I hope these ways to track your lost nokia cell phones are helpful enough.. if you have anything to say then let us know through your comments!