How To Get A Lost Cell Phone Returned

February 26, 2015
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Have you ever lost your cell phone only to never have it returned? Most often than not people who find a lost phone want to do the right thing, however when one is found it is often difficult to identify the owner for two simple reasons: the phone is locked (needing a password) or the phone has no other identification connecting it to the rightful owner.

This sMARt tip is all about three simple ways to get your mobile device returned—without leaving your phone unsecured.

That said, here are my three tips to assure a reunion:

  1. Case Clue: More and more people use cases to jazz up and show personality and style when carrying their phones, yet if someone finds your phone your password prevents access to it. An inexpensive way to assure the finder can contact you? Simply write your name on the inside of the case along with a phone number (anything other than your lost cell phone number, of course). By also adding a simple message such as “please return for reward” you will no doubt incentivize and motivate the finder to call and do the right thing. 
  2. Card Trick:Business cards can also become an essential tool in getting your phone returned to you. Truth be told, by simply placing a business card in between your phone and case with that magic message “please return for reward” they need not look any further for who owns the phone. 
  3. Custom Declaration:My final tip is both simple and extremely decorative. With so many online resources offering the ability to create a custom phone case one can choose both creative designs and important messaging right on the case itself.  A business logo, a family crest, or even a monogram can all be incorporated, and “return for reward” can also added, along with a contact phone number.  Zazzle.com offer a variety of choices and, best of all, you can download your own artwork and add a text box as well.  

Finally, how best to reward someone who returns your phone? Consider the cost, time and effort it takes to replace your phone.  Always begin with a heartfelt, over-the-top thank you, and of course pay all expenses to get the phone back to you! If a cab or a bus ride is needed to assure it will get to you, offer to reimburse them for all their expenses.

A gift card is the perfect way to say thank you. Always include a hand written note. The amount of the gift should correlate to the value of what was found—I’ll let you be the judge of what is right for you and your budget.

 

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