Like all youngsters i also dreamt of owning a cool feature rich smart phone. But i wanted to buy it with my own money. So from my first month’s salary i bought this smart phone: Samsung Omnia W running Windows Mango 7.5 OS. I was so proud of this device since it was my first smart phone and that to bought from my own hard earned cash. My friends were skeptical about me choosing a windows platform over the more popular Android or Apple platforms but i loved my new phone. Its touch was super smooth, screen was beautiful and the operations very simple. I am a lover of simple designs. Earlier when i had not joined the smart phone brigade i used to think i would never be able to adapt to typing on a touch screen device but i adapted to this device within a matter of hours of owning it. It cost me Rs.15200, for me a sizable chunk of my 1st month’s salary.
On 24th September 2012 i.e. exactly after 3 months of the date of purchase of this smart phone i lost it or someone stole it from me. I can not exactly pinpoint to where i dropped it or who has taken it but this beautiful thing simply disappeared. I searched for it everywhere i can but to no use.
I filed an FIR at the local Police Station regarding the loss of my phone, police is generally very reluctant to register a stolen report for a phone because they believe people lose their phones due to negligence even if phones gets stolen or snatched away from their owners. I mentioned the IMEI number of my phone in the FIR, i attached a copy of the purchase bill with it too. My friends and colleagues told me that if i knew someone personally in the Police Department my phone can be easily retrieved but unfortunately that is not my case. Police already have so many unsolved cases to take care of that they totally ignore reports of stolen and lost mobile phones.
All the apps installed on a smart phone to track a stolen phone are useless if the thief is smart (they are actually!) and switch off your phone and take out the sim the moment they get their hands on it, which what happened to my phone. The phone trackers apps use the mobile networks or GPS on the phone for which the phone has to be switched on.
With a copy of the FIR one can retrieve his/her old mobile number whose sim got lost with the phone. Basically the one who loses a phone is at the receiving end of loss of a beloved device, the money spent on it and the memories in the form of data stored in the device.