I have so many projects in the works right now and I’ve been trying to plan my first giveaway for my blogiversary coming up this week. As if things weren’t already crazy busy, on Thursday I went shopping to get some finishing things for my half done projects and to spend some quality time with my dear friend Heidi. Before I left, I got a text from Ashley telling me about some great organization stuff she got at Dollar Tree. Ashley knows I love a good cheap organization deal so I left home early for a stop at Dollar Tree. Chick was right! I left the store with bins and tongs and towels and no cell phone (oops). I went across the street to Chick-fil-A (num) and thought I had just left my phone in the car. Wrong. So I went back to Dollar Tree knowing it was there. Nope. It was G-O-N-E. Ugh! I didn’t realize how much I depended on my
brain cell phone until I didn’t have it. It was quite sad.
The purpose of this post is not to whine about my missing phone, but to help you benefit from my experience. Sure I have insurance on my phone (I’ve only had it for 2 months) but do you know how much paint and fabric I can buy with my $100 deductible if I’m patient and use my Blackberry for a little while? Cause I kinda love this set up for my creative space
I’m very fortunate to have a husband who is into all the techy stuff and a brother who knows the ins and outs of cell phones because he works in tech at the company where we have our service. After realizing my phone had been stolen, I went straight to the cell phone company and reported the phone stolen and had my line suspended. Then I went to the police station and filed a report. Then I was 45 minutes late for quality time with my friend Heidi and her boys and while I was there, I borrowed her phone to talk to Michael and Jeff about what I should do. I also had a great convo with her oldest boy about how he thinks that the person who stole my phone was not very nice and should go to jail. I mean really, what a smart kid!
Anyway, Jeff told me about an app that can be installed on your smart phone after you lose it. It’s appropriately named Plan B.
After I left Heidi’s I went to the cell phone company again and had my line reactivated and immediately sent Plan B to my phone. Then I went to my mom & McDad’s house and
borrowed took over their computer. The basic way this works is that it sends the app to your phone in an email. The app is installed and then you get an email with the GPS coordinates of your phone. I got two emails in less than a minute and then called the police and gave them the location. Unfortunately it was a gym where there were a lot of people checked in so there wasn’t much they could do with that. We tried to get another location, but the app appears to have been uninstalled. While I was taking care of that, the hubs was looking up ways to protect his phone (and ways that I’ll be protecting mine when I get it or a new one). The first is Lookout. It’s from the same developers of Plan B, but it’s for people with forethought aka not me.
Hubs decided to play with it on his phone. There are free parts and pay parts and we will definitely be paying for this app. You can locate the phone and then make it scream. Michael may have had a little too much fun with this. It’s like a police siren that gets louder and louder and a light that blinks while the siren is going off. If you decide to test this fun little tool, it will scare your cats…and possibly your spouse and kids and anyone else in your house. One of the pay features locks the phone and it can’t be used unless the correct four digit number code is entered. The code changes every single time you lock your phone so even if someone were lucky enough to guess the right code, you can lock it again with a different code.
The other app that hubs found is GotYa! It’s a cheap app, but you do have to pay for it. If I’d had this app on my phone, I would probably be done with this stolen phone ordeal by now.
With this app, you have to enter a code to unlock your phone. If the code is entered incorrectly, it takes a silent picture through the front facing camera on your phone. Not only does it do that, but it sends the picture with a time stamp to your email or facebookand it uses Google maps to send you the GPS location to your phone.
Since this is becoming quite a long post about non-design stuff, I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version of what has happened since Thursday. Thursday night, I didn’t sleep much. My phone is more than just a phone, it has waaaay too much information on it…think I’ll be changing that too.