Keep a handle on your cell phone

 

 

“It’s easier for a rich man to ride that camel through the eye of a needle directly into the Kingdom of Heaven, than for some of us to give up our cell phone.” ― Vera Nazarian.

A   M A T T E R   O F   N O M O P H O B I A ?

EDITOR’S COMMENT:

Nomophobia is the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power.

Are you one of those unlucky users who absolutely, positively has to be connected to their cell phones at all times and yet manage to leave behind or even lose this valuable communication tool when you are out and about?

In the good old days I remember forgetting my wallet at the check out station of the supermarket, my glasses at the library and even at times where I had parked the car at one of the larger malls.

Those loses were forgivable and at times understandable in those much simpler times. Today to lose track of your cell phone can cause you to be billed for telephone calls you never made, overseas charges you incurred and depending on the complexity of your phone online gaming debts accrued by anyone using your phone.

I am from the old school and use a simple flip phone instead of the more high-tech I-phone variety to make my daily contacts. Yet even this simple phone when stolen can result in hundreds of dollars of phone charges to your telephone account.

My phone was stolen a few years ago out of my home by two mattress delivery men who removed it from a dresser top in the bedroom and then used my phone to have their weekend fun to the tune of six hundred dollars. I was not charged for this as I explained that my phone had been stolen. Not a good thing.

I purchased another flip phone, used a secret password and other protections that could not only relocate my phone but also render it useless if the thief tries to replace  its memory card.

Attaching a physical chain to your high tech phone may not be the answer but you should try to be more aware of its location when you are away from home.

If not that then ensure your phone has enough internal protections to thwart anyone who would use it for malevolent reasons. 

I learned my lesson. Hope that you won’t need to.  – gc

 

 

 

41 comments

    • You’re right Lois. But who would have suspected that a delivery man from a reputable outlet (Sears) would take to stealing my property. I did not realize the phone was gone until three days later when I needed it. Now whenever a repairman comes to do work in my suite the phone is buried deep in my socks ans t-shirt drawer. I learned the hard way. 🙂

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    • There is absolutely nothing old fashioned about keeping your receipts. The paper evidence affirms the transactions you handled. If am am going to receive a barrage of text messages I prefer to have them sent to my computer or tablet. Guess I too am old fashioned. 🙂 And there’s nothing wrong with that!

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    • Gosh you are organised, are you an accountant?

      The only reason I keep receipts is for exchange purposes, but you know, no matter which method of payment is used, paper receipts are still issued.

      Hard to believe now, but our little plastic cards were once regarded as new technology and a scary alternative to cash.

      I don’t use my iPhone to pay for goods, though I have set it up. I feel that by the time I’ve typed my passcode to wake it up the phone I might as well have used my debit card (never a credit card).

      It’s good to know that if needed I have an alternative method of payment.

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  1. As you know, son Joss is absent minded. A whisk from the food mixer, teaspoons, and even kitchen knives have all mysteriously ended up in the garbage.

    Teaspoons began their magic act when he was a youngster, something to do with independently disposing of yogurt cartons.

    A few weeks ago on a recent night out with friends he arrived home slightly worse for wear (I am being polite). The following morning the search for his iPhone proved fruitless.

    It would have helped if he had actually remembered arriving home, let alone where his night out had been spent.

    Fortunately, after contacting his mobile (cell) provider, he found the phone had not been used (thank goodness for passwords). The phone company blocked his phone, instructed him to visit the phone store, pick up a new SIM card free of charge.

    I gave him my previous iPhone 6S. Deciding he preferred this model to his old one he was happy and gave not a second thought to the loss of the old one.
    Yesterday, he and I went shopping for lighting units for his new house, we were almost home when he exclaimed “Where’s my phone?” How did he know it was missing, he was driving!

    I rang the last store we’d visited and fortunately the phone had been spotted on the cash counter and the staff had locked it away. Why is he so careless, does he not know how valuable i-phones are?

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  2. I know I’m tempting providence by saying this but I have never lost anything. I had a watch stolen once and I mislay tools in my garage but I always find them in the end. I have a relatively small phone which fits in my trouser pocket but I frequently see younger people with large modern phones which hardly fit their pocket at all. It’s no wonder they loose them.

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  3. I only lost my phone once in a store and didn’t know it. I keep a list on it and under my right thigh while rolling myself. I don’t feel it so it slipped out.

    A man came up to my granddaughter by me and asked if this was her phone. I was saved by this very nice gentleman who said he found us by my granddaughter’s photo on the phone face.

    Afterwards I locked it for a while, but I need it for safety at home, rarely go out, so do not lock it anymore.

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