There are a lot of people all over the world whose mobile phone was stolen or lost. Because mobile phone is a device which has its own serial number called IMEI we can do something to increase possibility to find it or to prevent usage of it.
What to do if your phone is stolen or lost?
First of all the case should be reported to your mobile operator and to local police station. After this you can submit your phones IMEI number to global stolen phones database. A lot of people checks the database and can recognize your mobile before buying it from second hand (if it is submited in database). If you are not sure what phone model and manufacturer you have check here.
Tracing your mobile phone
Is it possible to trace your phone? Well, actualy it is possible, but it depends where your mobile is, how much will your operator care about your phone, what kind of software is instaled on your lost or stolen phone, what did new owner do to prevent finding it and few more things…
Tracing mobile – Software
The best way is to do something by yourself. There is a lot of software on the internet which allows you to get information about the current user of your phone, location (if your phone supports GPS), to delete your phonebook remotely, to lock your phone etc…
Check the program list for anti-theft, tracking, locating software for mobile phones which works on different platforms, some of them are FREE and some are commercial
Can they change my IMEI number and prevent finding my phone?
Your phones IMEI number can be changed but not so easy as it was with old mobile phones. Now chips and electronic is not done the same way because it is not rewritable as you want. It is one time writable and not rewritable. Changing chips on mobile phones motherboard is harder and not everybody have a knowledge to change it… if they know how then they will do it but it could be very expensive because it is harder. The question is if the price is still acceptable.