Don't Lose Your Cell Here! You Won't Get It Back


iphoneIf you've never lost your cell phone, we shouldn't be friends. Because, clearly, you are too responsible for me. If I had a nickel for every time I lost my phone, I would have 20 cents. Because I've lost it four times.

The first time was classic -- at a bar in college. Mind you, this was before cell phones were an extra appendage, and my mother advised me to keep it in my car in case of an emergency. The Vodka Frescas instructed me otherwise. So, I left it at Micawber's, along with a Juicy Tube and my dignity. The second time I placed it on the roof of my car and drove away, like I was starring in my very own sitcom, Hey, Nicole! (The opening credits would end irising in on me throwing up my hands and shrugging my shoulders.) The third time, bar again. And the forth was at the gym. Damn you, physical fitness.

So, with all my experience in losing phones -- and not them getting back -- I'm pretty surprised that only my car made the list of the worst places to lose your phones.

Mobile security startup, Lookout, devised a list -- a fancy infograph, to be exact -- of the top 10 worst places to lose your cell phone, based on recovery chance. They also devised a list of the top 10 cities for lost or stolen cell phones, but we're not going to concentrate on that. Though I will say, get it together, Miami.

You can check out the full list yourself, but here are the five places I found most interesting:

A Swimming Pool. This is the single worst place to lose your cell phone. Not because you won't necessarily get it back -- you actually have a 50-75% of doing so. It's just the chances of it ever working again are 0-5%.

The Bus or the Subway. According to Lookout, you may as well just cancel your service after realizing you left your phone on either of these. Your chances of ever seeing it again are 0-2%. May as well jump in the pool with it.

A Restaurant. Full disclosure, restaurants are often also bars, so my statement above about my car being the only place on this list leaves room for disagreement, but let's not split hairs. (And even fuller disclosure, the "bars" I was frequenting when I lost my phones were not the kind you eat at. Ever.) If you leave your phone at a restaurant, your chances of getting it back are actually 80-95%. That's nice. Gold star for humanity.

A Changing Room. And now humanity gets that gold star taken away. If you leave your phone in a fitting room, the chances of recovery are 0-15%. Why are people who try on clothes so mean and people who eat so nice?

An Airplane. If you're getting all fancy and flying in a plane somewhere, best leave your phone in your purse or pocket. 'Cause the chances of you reuniting with it if you leave it behind are a dismal 0-15%.

Have you ever lost your phone?


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poshkat poshkat

i lost my cell in my car once. i was under my dads plan and living 3 hours away. i had to make a trip down to NYC to have it replaced and get a lecture on how important and expensive phones are. 2 years later im doing my weekly cleaning of my car and find said cellphone wedged between the seat and the stick shift.

Ninja... NinjaRainbow

I have one even better, Under your car! I ran over my phone once after it magically fell out of the car. I found it several hours later in a heap of wires and plastic.

nonmember avatar Gertie

I am actually pretty good about not losing my cell phones. I have had one regularly for about 12 years. Once my husband (boyfriend at the time) put a stun-gun to my phone out of boredom in the car while we evacuated for a hurricane, a few years later I put one of the roof of my car and drove away. Those are the only 2 I've lost, but only 1 was my fault.

hersh... hershelsfavorit

i lost mine on a roller coaster once. it fell at the bottom of a turn...only a couple feet. i could see it, call it, but when they walked the tracks to recieve it later that afternoon all of a sudden it came up missing. hmmmm.

dlgbeck dlgbeck

I have put mine in the wash machine before.  Luckily it was only under water for about 20 seconds and I was able to dry it out in the oven and it worked perfectly fine after that. I've also dropped another phone in the kitchen sink full of water.  Still able to dry it out.  :)

momsa... momsangel143

People who eat are nicer, because how are you not happy after chowing down. That 5-20% that don't must have had poor service.

People in changing rooms are mean, because they probably feel fat/bloated and can't find something to wear. They see a phone behind and think, "Well since I feel fat you can't get your phone back".

Texas... TexasWife

I usually lose my phones in my house or car. Reason. I am horrible with phones. They rarely leave the house with me or they stay dead most of the time. So yeah....


ok i guess we cant be friends:( i have never lost my phone. it has gone missing from time to time but thats from the kids taking it to call their friends (we dont have a land line). but i just yell out "PHONE" and some one comes running with it while telling the person on the other side "i gotta go my mom wants her phone" lol. my hubs tho has lost 6. we have one currently residing in our front porch steps. as he was pouring the cement it fell in and he didnt notice, he has ran one over, and i have no idea where the other 4 could be. thats not including the 3 times he has upgraded so he has owned 9 phones. i have only owned the 3, my starter phone, my upgraded flip phone (that still looks brand new and the lady was surprised i had owned it for 3 years) then my last upgrade to my blackberry.

nonmember avatar leslie

i left one in a NYC taxi, and the driver called my mom, who called my colleague at work, who helped me meet up with him to get the phone back-miracles DO happen!! I gave him a fat tip, and a big thank you!!! (and they say NY cabbies are rude??!)

heath... heathermichelle

I have a few times. I have where's my droid now on my smartphone so hopefully if that ever happens again, I will be okay :)

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