Can a Stolen Cell Phone Be Traced?

Written by heather broeker
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In this day and age, nearly everyone worries about losing a cell phone, or worse, getting it stolen, as we rely on this convenient device to connect us to family, friends and co-workers on a daily basis. But don't fret--there are ways you can have the cell phone recovered.

Contact Your Service Provider

Your tracking device will be recorded by your provider. Any time your phone is turned on, a blip will come onto their radar (so to speak) as to where the cell phone is. The only problem would be if the phone is never turned on.

Tracking Devices

Nine out of 10 cell phones made nowadays have a built-in tracking device.


Any phone that is GPS capable will have the ability to be tracked by your service provider (phones like iPhones or the Instinct, for example).

LMTS Technology

LMTS stands for Lost Mobile Tracking System. This can be loaded onto your phone (see Resources). As long as your phone is a Nokia, BlackBerry or Smart Phone of some sort, you can download this program onto your computer and transfer it to your phone.

Remote LX

A similar idea to this is called Remote LX. Basically, if you report your cell phone stolen, the phone will emit a screeching sound and broadcast a text message, "This Phone Has Been Stolen!" The only way to stop this from happening is to remove the battery, which will render the phone useless. Unfortunately, this technology is only available in the UK, though T-Mobile is trying to get the technology into the United States.

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