Find a lost cell phone using GPS

Posted on 2004-10-06
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Last Modified: 2015-03-17
My boss left his cell phone in a cab at the airport.
His cell phone has a GPS chip installed.
The cell phone is turned on.
The carrier is Sprint.
The Sprint customer help line is telling me, GPS could find the cell
But, I have to contact the local retail store.
The local retail store - laughed in my face.

Is this a possiblity? He is desperate to get it back - it is also a PDA(Sprint Treo600)

If this is possible, how do I accomplish finding it?
Question by:almaler

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imarshad earned 300 total points
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>>If this is possible, how do I accomplish finding it?
Report to the Police..... :)

coming back to your question seriously I think only having a GPS chip installed does not necessarily mean that you can track the Mobile..... I think the only one who can track the Phone  is Sprint provided that they are providing this technology of GPS tracking of the Mobile which are using their SIM...... More advanced systems like Thuraya work like this though chances are very remote that Sprint will have this capability.........

Maybe the Phone Makers can give you som better info.....You should contact them and ask them about your problem...... Maybe they have some diagnostic tools that they donot give publically and there might be some specal code that they can use to track the Mobile Phone......


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Call the cab company, tell them there is an award.

No-one will get too excited about something that is worth $350. His home-owners insurance policy may cover the loss.
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I believe that GPS features may only be turned on remotely by E-911 (enhanced 911 emergency services).
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It's taking a lot to have gps-locator company to search for a stolen car, even with a police report, and sometimes it can take
a week before they start searching.

So, for a phone, forget it.  I know it's not the answer you're looking for.
But $$$ is not there when looking for a phone.
Noboby's going to help you.
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by:Kelvin Sparks
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Did you try ringing the phone and offering whoever answers it a reward to tell you where to collect it from?
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The answer is -NO-.  This feature (remote GPS activation) has been intentionally disabled to protect privacy.

The GPS features may only be turned on remotely by E-911 services (that's 'enhanced' 911). Most 911 systems now automatically report the telephone number and location of 911 calls made from wireline phones, a capability called Enhanced 911 or E911.

For more information see:

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I lost my cell phone need to track it using gps
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Talk to your phone carrier.  They are the only ones who would have the power to enable this feature. Likely they would just replace your handset and report the other as stolen which would keep if from being activated by whomever currently has it.

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I lost my cellphone and want to know if there is any software out there that can find where I left it.
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