Lookout Labs, a global leader in mobile security, released findings from the first-ever phone loss study, which revealed that lost phones, if unrecovered, could cost U.S. consumers more than $30 billion this year.
As part of their study, Lookout Labs’ Mobile Lost & Found, provided an interactive website for people to discover the places where phones are most often lost and the financial impact of lost phones.
Lookout’s analysis, from more than 15 million users, found that demographics and behavior are the largest factors influencing phone loss. Over the course of 2011, Lookout located 9 million lost smartphones, which equals one phone every 3.5 seconds. In total, Lookout found that U.S. consumers lose their phone about once a year. If unrecovered, that could cost every smartphone owner more than $250 a year each.
Lookout’s studies along with others rely on one app or another for tracking. One of such apps is Apple's iOS, Find my iPhone, which allows users or administrators to remotely lock or reset the phone's password and wipe data remotely. Google's Android has a similar feature. With many Android services linked to your Google account, experts recommend changing your Google account password immediately when you lose your phone. Other third-party apps can also help wipe data remotely.
What happens if a lost & found phone is locked, dead or out of Internet range?
Obviously, there are many apps out there that helps find your lost and found phone; but, what happens when the phone is dead, locked or out of Internet range? Studies have shown that most finders are honest people and are willing to return items but have no way of contacting the owner of a dead or locked phone.
Using QR Code to help finders return lost and found phones
A newly created website with an unusual and unconventional domain name, ReturnMyShit.com, uses QR Code with a MySQL database to help finders return lost and found mobile phones, tablets, keys, cameras, PDAs, laptops, binoculars, backpacks, wallets, purses, golf clubs, power tools, textbooks… you get the picture. So how does ReturnMyShit.com works? 1. Customer “signs up” at Return My Shit, 2. Confirm his/her email address & make a payment of $15.99, 3. Customer checks email for activation information, and 4. Customer is email unique QR Code to tape on back of phone or phone case.
ReturnMyShit.com is powered by WWCLICK.com, Inc., a Chicago-based social media marketing, search engine optimization and business strategy consulting firm. WWCLICK.com, Inc., was started by Charles Mombo who has an assorted background in LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) and Operating Systems such as UNIX, Linux Red Hat, MVS, Windows, MVS/XA, and MVS/ESA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems (MSMIS) with emphasis in e-Commerce and a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA). He front-ends WordPress with an Open Source application.