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(USA Today)   Americans lost $30 billion worth of cell phones last year, and it looks like you'll find most of them in Philadelphia   (usatoday.com) divider line 34
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2012-03-23 09:29:04 AM  
If Subs watched the TV show The Wire he would understand why
 
2012-03-23 09:31:17 AM  

cman: If Subs watched the TV show The Wire he would understand why


God damn it....


The Wire was in Baltimore
 
2012-03-23 09:46:17 AM  

cman: The Wire was in Baltimore


Meh. Baltimore's just a slightly flatter Philadelphia, anyway.
 
2012-03-23 10:05:35 AM  
More cop math?
 
2012-03-23 10:05:44 AM  
bogus statistics are bogus
 
Slu
2012-03-23 10:05:53 AM  
I lost my cell phone in Philadelphia. But I was super drunk, so it could have been much worse.
 
2012-03-23 10:05:55 AM  
my sister accounted for at least 10 billion of that 30
 
2012-03-23 10:06:41 AM  
"lost". yeah.
 
2012-03-23 10:08:19 AM  
San Franciscans and New Yorkers lose their phones three times more often than Chicagoans, it says.

www.geekologie.com
 
2012-03-23 10:09:15 AM  
$30 billion / $300 phone = 100 million lost phones?

Bullshiat.
 
2012-03-23 10:09:22 AM  
Hmmm ... Cleveland is on the list ... color me surprised ... >.<
 
2012-03-23 10:09:59 AM  

Freakin Rican: my sister accounted for at least 10 billion of that 30


A friend of mine is responsible for the balance of that.
 
2012-03-23 10:13:00 AM  
So Lookout is using stats based on their locate me phone thing? I've played with that several times, but never had lost my phone. Their numbers may be off a bit.
 
2012-03-23 10:20:13 AM  
If I leave my phone in my desk at work, go home, wonder where my phone is, use the phone locator, see it's at work, am satisfied, sleep well, go to work, and unsurprisingly my phone is there...

I can see how, from a certain standpoint, I "lost" it. But it was right where I left it. Is there really a dollar amount to assign here?

I do this at least once a month, btw.
 
2012-03-23 10:24:44 AM  
I think it's unconscionable that companies like AT&T don't assist people with stolen iPhones by reporting the gps location to police. I know they have lots of excuses why they don't but they are simply excuses. They could very easily make it not worth anyone's while to steal phones.
 
2012-03-23 10:25:02 AM  

bsharitt: So Lookout is using stats based on their locate me phone thing? I've played with that several times, but never had lost my phone. Their numbers may be off a bit.


Lookout helped me find my phone when it got stuck in the couch cushions. I guess my phone was a statistic for 10 minutes.
 
2012-03-23 10:25:47 AM  
www.gpsfortoday.com
 
2012-03-23 10:26:08 AM  
static.guim.co.uk
The game don't change.
 
2012-03-23 10:26:34 AM  
People are most likely to lose their phone at night. A large majority of lost phones - 67% - are located between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Because we're drunk!
 
2012-03-23 10:28:01 AM  
Meh. First World Problems.
 
2012-03-23 10:40:35 AM  

cman: If Subs watched the TV show The Wire he would understand why


Burners, yo

/I freaking love The Wire
//McNaulty: What the fark did i do?!
 
2012-03-23 10:41:47 AM  

m1ke: Freakin Rican: my sister accounted for at least 10 billion of that 30

A friend of mine is responsible for the balance of that.


My roomate is another $10 billion. I swear whenever she goes out and drinks she loses it. I wil probablty have to duct tape it to her hand. She is getting a new phone today.
 
2012-03-23 10:41:54 AM  

m1ke: Freakin Rican: my sister accounted for at least 10 billion of that 30

A friend of mine is responsible for the balance of that.


seriously. everytime i turn around shes losing, dropping, getting it stolen, the baby throws it in the toilet, forgetting where she put it, a bear took it, a dog ate it. this is every time i talk to her.
 
2012-03-23 10:42:36 AM  
What the hell is up with USA Today's inline hyperlinks?! Oh! I can click on "North American" and get any article from USA Today which had "North American" as a topic.

Couldn't they have at least linked to Lookout Labs website/report so the readers can get more info? Or would that be taking too many of their precious "readers" to a non-USA Today site?

Here's the full scoop for anyone interested:
https://www.mylookout.com/resources/reports/mobile-lost-and-found/
 
2012-03-23 11:05:11 AM  

DecemberNitro: More cop math?


Or is it the copyright math we learned about recently.
 
2012-03-23 11:05:35 AM  
If you include the music on the phones that is no longer with the owner and can be considered pirated, the actual value of the lost phones increases to $700 Billion.

Copyright Math
 
2012-03-23 11:06:01 AM  

dv-ous: If I leave my phone in my desk at work, go home, wonder where my phone is, use the phone locator, see it's at work, am satisfied, sleep well, go to work, and unsurprisingly my phone is there...

I can see how, from a certain standpoint, I "lost" it. But it was right where I left it. Is there really a dollar amount to assign here?

I do this at least once a month, btw.


"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." - Daniel Boone

/was probably also drunk
//in Philly
 
2012-03-23 11:17:40 AM  
I just assumed from the headline that they ended up in USairways lost baggage at Philly airport
 
2012-03-23 11:31:42 AM  
I've never lost a cellphone.

Never owned one either.
 
2012-03-23 12:33:14 PM  
Link (new window)


A must watch/read


farking hilarious fear mongering that has NO facts at all.
 
2012-03-23 12:38:45 PM  
Did Keifer Sutherland leave it on a baggage carosel and it ended up in Iraq?
 
2012-03-23 12:41:19 PM  
FTFA - $7 million of phones per day

x 365 days in a year = $30 billion???

I think someone needs a little help with their math.
 
2012-03-23 01:39:29 PM  
CSB time: My phone fell out of my pocket and landed in a deep snowbank. It was dark and I couldn't find it right away. Figured I'd wait till daylight and look for it then.

Went into the house and let the dog outside so she could do her duty. When I let the dog back in I noticed she had something in her mouth. She dropped it at my feet, looking very pleased with herself. She found my phone!

Good doggie! She didn't get steak but she got a treat and extra snuggles.

/normally this dog was dumb as a box of rocks so I was a bit surprised
 
2012-03-23 04:22:57 PM  
I'll just leave this here.

farm5.static.flickr.com
 
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