What are Chances of Getting Back a Stolen Mobile Phone?

stolenDespite there is Stolen Phone blocking system in Place, under umbrella of PTA, a very sad fact is that there are Zero Percent Chances of getting back a stolen Mobile Phone.

So all Mobile Phone User, be informed that you can’t get back stolen/lost handsets.

Few recommendations for every cell phone user,

  • Keep a backup of your contacts, data, and anything that you can’t afford to lose such as Emails, Calendar Events, Files etc. (Consult mobile phone manual for procedures for backing up your data)
  • Don’t keep personal files, such as pictures, videos in your mobile phone. Take pictures, videos and instantly transfer them to your computer for future use.
  • Try not to keep your financial information on your phone, for instance few people save their credit card/ATM card pins on their phone as contacts, never do that.
  • Try to use security locks that come with mobile phones, for instance, few mobile handsets offer a feature, through which, handset will get locked in case of SIM change, or restart – try getting benefited of such features. (Consult your handset manual for getting familiar with these security add-ons)
  • Consider using cellular Value Added Services that secure data, such as online backup, remote phone lock services and so on.

Operator Provided Security Services

Some of our readers may ask, PTA’s phone block system is there then why to worry (even they spent millions on establishing this handset block system), here are the reasons

  • Through IMEI number, you can block your handset, but can’t get it back – meaning that PTA will get your mobile phone blocked so no one can use it, but there is no mechanism available to get this phone back to you.
  • And worst of it is that blocked phones, through IMEI numbers can be unblocked through many software available online.

How to minimize the chances for Phone theft (A re-post from How to Protect Your Stolen Phone)

Although, these theft incidents happens at once, and no one can plan due to the severe situation that arises when a cell phone snatcher is standing before you with a gun and asking you for mobile phone and your valet etc…however, adopting following things may lead you to some better results

  • Put your phone in Phone Casing, that is likely to be attached with your bag or belt; try not holding your phone in hands all the times. You can easily forget your mobile phone if it’s in your hands.
  • Many of mobile phone users keep multiple handsets with them, in such case, if you are before a snatcher with a gun in his hand, try exposing your relatively low cost phone. For this purpose, making a master phone and other as secondly phone can be helpful.
  • Don’t leave your phone on car’s dashboard, especially when you side windows are down.

So keep yourself secure and safe, and make sure you don’t have any crucial data on your cell phone, before it’s too late.

Tech and telecom reporter with over 15 years of experience, he works as founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • two year earlier my n70 was stolen.
    n after some effort of one day i got it back ;-)
    When i reached the house of that man who stole my cell.
    His face was worth looking he was shocked

  • Ya
    When ever you call
    along with you operator number the operator transmit the imei of the cell phone.
    So its not hard enough to trace your cell phone if you have personal access to multiple operators.

  • a baba g in my village told me in my childhood.
    that a horse and a man don’t know how much powerful they are,
    if they realize that they will crush every hurdle in their way towards their destination
    now a days when I look around me I find it quite true

  • if you get some spare time then do read a book
    “think and grow rich” by nepoleon hill.

  • yar maira sony ericsson k790i 1 hafta pahly kisee ny chori kar lia tha jab main maree gya tha
    mug ko bohat bohat afsoos ho raha ha
    mairy pass us set ka poora saman waranty card and box tak ha bas set nai ha

    koi maire help kar sakta ha set trace karny main bhi?

  • i lost my cell last year and i also called to PTA to block my cell , but till yet my application is pending.

  • @Obaid

    You were lucky and that guy was damn stupid.
    He used a sim card which was on his NIC.
    What if he used a Sim which was not registered on his NIC. Will you be then able get u r phone back the answer NO! not a chance.
    The only way was then Black Magic.

      • Please tell me how you got your cell back.I’ve lost my nokia c5-03 please contact me personally and explain me what should I do to check what number is working on my cell??? plz plz… :'(

  • Well, very informative post~~

    Let met tell you guyz there are lot of softwares available on the web for tracing your phone number incase of windows mobile phone or Nokia some models.

    1. U need to install that software on your handset. it will remain hidden.

    2. The time, when any other sim or your sim will be changed it will send you sms at your stored number at the time of installation for informing you on which number your mobile is been using.

    3. it will happen every time ..otherwise you can also select lock the handset, which is basically corupputing the GSM radio of Phone and no more signals and no remedies except from that software…

  • I have seen recovery of cell phones by another pattern.
    Victim people distribute a notice containing the cell pone model & imei in mobile markets with some reward 1000 or 2000.
    A shopkeeper takes that happily.
    And when he receives a cell phone having victim’s defined specification, the shopkeeper informs the victim.
    There are chances to recover in this way.
    If you don’t get any response within one week, then go for blocking.
    More over shopkeepers don’t purchase any second hand set without nic copy of selling person.

  • I have a good history of losing cell phones and lost many sets as below

    – 3310(thrown in water)
    – J200i(stolen in local transport)
    – 6630(stolen)
    – 6030(stolen from car)
    – 6030(stolen from car’s dashboard)
    – 6030(only phone not stolen)
    – N95 8GB ( would definitely not want it stolen)

    But you know what if govt and/or telecom companies want they can develop stolen phone tracing systems very easily. Instead of blocking the phone, when ever a phone is activated with a new SIM and they have stolen complaint of that particular cell phone (IMEI), they can go after the phone. There are applications, if authorized, they tell you exact location, and your distance from the phone by calculating the phones exact location by signal strength level of that phone reaching to 2 to 3 nearest GSM phone towers.

    I know it would be hard, but if police do it for some of the phones for sometime, the theft will definitely be decreased significantly.

  • Lost my 3 year old cellphone today some b**** in the market took it from my purse. I dont care about the cell but I had my some memorable pics and very old contacts in it. I pray that people like these should die a death that none of their body parts are left to bury. They dont have any humanity left in them and the girl who took it belonged to a well off family, i remember her face now. When their brothers and family members die in some bomb blast or accident then they blame God ‘what did we do.. why did we get this punishment’… all are hypocrate bas****.

    I registered a complain at CPLC today dont know if i will get it back. :( want my cell back so badly

  • i can’t think that I’ve lost my NOkia 1208. Mob. is not important for me but some data and sim is very important and not one sim there is 2 sim one is jazz other is warid that always online.
    i can’t forget those 2 boys, hey are young/very bad.These are youth of pakistan

  • just for your information!!

    our agencies got mobile tracking system
    specifically I$I!

    but they arent using for stolen mobile recovery.lol

    if you have contacts with someone in agency, you can get their help in recovering your mobile.

    good luck :)

  • I think a software/device should be availble that
    a. Block the use of mobile that cannot be broken no matter how hard one tries. Perhaps it is in the interest of the mob companies because new sims are purchased and many new subscribers come in their folds
    b. Insert the same software/system which can store GRPS ie position locator as is being used by the vehicle tracking companies. The thief/snatcher can be tracked within a distance of meter and a half – it is so deadly accurate.
    regards: (my email is [email protected])

  • yar mera mobile nokia n73 music edition kal chori ho gya hay kya koi help kar sakta hay usay trace out karnay may

  • yr mera n95 8gb gum gya hai. i dont really know which motherfucker picked it up. butt i just remember that i was in a market and it fell down and when i looked back there was fuck nuthing:(

  • My nokia n900 was stolen at gun point in cantt, i dont have the imei number, any way to track that mobile ?it had ufone sim in it at that time. ufone not providing the imei #. any suggestions how to recover imei # and mobile?

  • my mobile phone (e71 nokia) was stolen a week a go plz anyone help me to trace my phone i have also complaint in the police but they do nothing i have the pack and other accessories of that mobile kindly help me

  • 1 hafta pahly kisee ny chori kar lia tha
    mug ko bohat bohat afsoos ho raha ha
    mairy pass us set ka poora saman waranty card and box tak ha bas set nai ha

    koi maire help kar sakta ha set trace karny main bhi?

    Contact No.0313-4451614

  • Mera New Mobile Nokia X2-02 1 hafta pahly kisee ny chori kar lia tha.
    mujko bohat bohat afsoos ho raha ha
    mairy pass us set ka poora saman waranty card and box tak ha bas set nai ha.

    koi meri help kar sakta ha set trace karny main bhai?

    Contact NO. 0313-4451614

  • I have QMobile, I have activated its Mobile Tracker. I remember the pin but when ever i enter it it isnt unlocking. What to do!

    This is a big issue i have to exchange my cell with some1 but how will t work if my sim is taken out.

  • Dear my samsung Glaxy Y MObile is stolen before eid any one give me any suggestion to back mobile …..:(

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