Mobile Phone Security Tips

Thousands of mobile phones are stolen every month and most of the victims are teenagers. With mobile phone theft being so rife, we recommend you take the following precautions:

Try not to have your phone on show when you are not using it so as not to advertise it to oportnist thieves.

Use your phone's security code, so if it is stolen the thief won't be able to access your personal information or use the phone to make calls. User codes can be reset but not usually without wiping your personal data and at least this way it will buy you time to cancel your tarif before they are able to run up your bill or use your credit.

Take a note of your imei. This is a serial no. unique to every phone and can be obtained by dialling *#06# on your phone's keypad.

Report the theft to your network provider. Your network provider should disable your phone from making calls. The UK networks share this info so even if the thief gets your phone unlocked and tries to use it on another network, they still won't be able to make calls.

Don't leave your phone on show in the car.

Back up your data. We know that your photos and contact details etc. are often more important than the phone itself, so save anything that's important to you on a pc and you should do this on a regular basis. If you need advice on how to do this, your manufacterer's website should provide you with all the info you need to get going. If you need cables, memory cards, memory card readers or Bluetooth dongles for all your data transfer needs, we stock these in store.

If a phone has been barred by nework providers because it has been reported stolen, it shouldn't be possible to remove this bar unless you report it found. If you find someone who says they can make it work, they are either mistaken or endeavouring to break the law. Unlocking shouldn't be confused with making barred phones work. It is not the same thing. If you would like information on unlocking your phone, please chose the unlocking tab of our website.

Violence and theft go hand in hand so please help to bring phone theft down by saying no to buying second hand phones that could be stolen. After all you could be wasting your money as the phone probably won't work. A great website to use to check if a phone has been reported stolen is www.checkmend.com. It is payable per check but quite straightforward to use. We can run a checkmend report for you and this costs £5. We just need the Manufacterer, model and imei of your mobile phone.