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Topic # 84716 6-Jun-2011 18:47
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Ok, so I lost my LG P500 yesterday. I tried ringing it several times over the course of yesterday and today - it rang - but no one answered. Late this afternoon I got a phone message at home saying my phone had been found - my faith in humanity restored - but only short lived. When I rang the finder - the first thing she asked was "is there a reward for finding?" I happily said yes and set off to pick up my phone. On arrival at finders house, the first question I got was "how much is your phone worth to you?" I thanked her for finding my phone and offered her $20. My phone wasn't handed over - I endured a spiel that because my phone is around $500 dollars, an appropriate reward should be around $100! I reached over, took the phone, gave her the $20 and promptly left.

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On getting the phone back, I found that the finder had exhausted the 20 attempts at screen lock before google had asked for gmail sign in. My phone also told me that my gmail account had an incorrect password attempt. In short, the finder had tried to get the phone to be usable, but had failed, then, I guess, as a last resort, opted for ringing me for reward (they had got my home phone number from the phone as it was displayed when I had tried ringing it several times).

In short, my faith in humanity has not been totally restored, but I am pleased to get my phone back safe in the knowledge that a good screen lock basically renders the hand piece useless to the uninitiated. I am curious, though, for the more tech savvy -  is there a way to break into a android phone bypassing the screen lock?

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  Reply # 478288 6-Jun-2011 19:11
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how did you lose your phone? are you sure it is not stolen?





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  Reply # 478291 6-Jun-2011 19:22
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Hi sorry I dont have an answer for your question but its great that theres an app that prevented somebody from getting into all your information :)

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 478303 6-Jun-2011 19:46
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nakedmolerat: how did you lose your phone? are you sure it is not stolen?


I put in down in a shop, forgot it. Not stolen.

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  Reply # 478308 6-Jun-2011 20:05
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M_I_C_H_A_E_L: Hi sorry I dont have an answer for your question but its great that theres an app that prevented somebody from getting into all your information :)


It's great you eventually got your phone back!! :-)
The screen lock function is not really an "app" as such though, it's part of the basic Android functionality.
Yay for security. Unfortunately I have seen way too many people with no screen lock security at all.

Re: your question.
If you were tech savvy enough, you could possibly just "start fresh" by flashing a clean ROM onto it.
That would be one way around it wouldn't it?

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  Reply # 478312 6-Jun-2011 20:07
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dafman:
nakedmolerat: how did you lose your phone? are you sure it is not stolen?


I put in down in a shop, forgot it. Not stolen.


Theft can be knowingly taking something that it is not yours with the intention of depriving the owner of ownership of that item. (Both permanently and temporarily).

Personally, I would still have reported the theft to police, and the fact they tried to extort money out of you.



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  Reply # 478325 6-Jun-2011 20:27
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rscole86:
dafman:
nakedmolerat: how did you lose your phone? are you sure it is not stolen?


I put in down in a shop, forgot it. Not stolen.


Theft can be knowingly taking something that it is not yours with the intention of depriving the owner of ownership of that item. (Both permanently and temporarily).

Personally, I would still have reported the theft to police, and the fact they tried to extort money out of you.


I have no doubt the only reason I got the phone back was because they discovered - thanks to the screen lock - the phone had no greater value  them. Yeah - fair point about the attempted extortion - but in the end, I got my phone back, didn't pay up more than the $20 I went around with, and, to be honest, I was pleased to put the whole sorry event behind me once and for all at the time I drove away.

Actually, on thinking about it - wouldn't it be great if you could record owner name and contact details on the lock screen? 

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  Reply # 478334 6-Jun-2011 20:39
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rscole86:
dafman:
nakedmolerat: how did you lose your phone? are you sure it is not stolen?


I put in down in a shop, forgot it. Not stolen.


Theft can be knowingly taking something that it is not yours with the intention of depriving the owner of ownership of that item. (Both permanently and temporarily).

Personally, I would still have reported the theft to police, and the fact they tried to extort money out of you.


i agree.

the fact the he/she asked for 'reward', that is not acceptable.





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  Reply # 478346 6-Jun-2011 21:06
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Wow some people are truly disgusting.. Glad to hear you got your phone back though.




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  Reply # 478431 7-Jun-2011 08:30
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Wow! I've found multiple "lost" phones in the past. Most of them were not locked so I could easily access the phonebook and find a likely person (Mum, Me etc) to contact to get the phone back to the owner.

Never asked (or would have accepted) a reward. I guess I think of it like karma. One day I might lose my phone and hopefully the same will happen to me.

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  Reply # 478434 7-Jun-2011 08:44
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Should have contacted the police. It was too easy for her, I bet she will do it again if the opportunity arises.

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  Reply # 478452 7-Jun-2011 10:02
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Scum. She stole the phone, then when she could get no value out of she tried to 'sell' it back to you.

Report it. Probably wont go anywhere, but do it anyway.

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  Reply # 478453 7-Jun-2011 10:10
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Goodness me, what's wrong with this world where people need to be rewarded for being decent people?

Good on you for sticking to your guns.

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  Reply # 478455 7-Jun-2011 10:13
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A factory reset will put the phone right back to "how it was when you first took it out of the box".
This includes the removal of all your apps, personal details, pin and lock screen configuration.

I had to factory reset a friends phone so she could use it again after a repair agent locked it the same way your thief did.

Instructions for a factory reset are readily available on the internet for all phones, it's not hard.
There's also a method of performing a factory reset on all Android phones via the dialer - and it doesn't ask for a prompt!!

A fun example of dialer codes: *#*#4636#*#*  this takes you to a phone 'test page', which tells you all sorts of geeky information about your phone.

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  Reply # 478479 7-Jun-2011 11:37
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There's an app called "Contact Owner" that puts your contact details on the lockscreen.

There's also a couple of apps that allow you to track your phone, disable/wipe it remotely etc. Two obvious ones are WaveSecure and Lookout.

I managed to lose my Galaxy Tab once (car-roof scenario), the called asking if I'd lost an iPad which confused me, then I realised my tablet was awol so realised that's what he meant. He didn't expect any reward despite it being a $1200 device at the time, I gave him a bottle of Syrah anyway.

Touch wood, I've never misplaced an actual phone though.




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  Reply # 478490 7-Jun-2011 12:18
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Maybe you need this http://preyproject.com/

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