What to do After Loosing your Mobile Handset?

Loosing mobile handset is one the biggest nightmare for a mobile   geek/lover. They always take atmost  care to protect and safeguard their mobile  from being lost or stolen but still many loose it despite their due care. Even many of my visitors and friends continuously keep asking me what to do after loosing their handset and is it possible to get their handset back. So, here, I am posting some precautions to be taken and things to be done if a mobile handset is lost.


  • Whenever possible, password protect your mobile phone to be prompted with a password each time you switch on your mobile so that even if some one steal your mobile, it will be difficult for the thief to access your private and valuable data/information.

  • Avoid using mobile strings or other fashion accessories that makes it easy to snatch your mobile handset.

  • Periodically keep cleaning your old contacts, SMS messages or other private and sensitive data that is no more necessary for you.

Things to do after loosing your Mobile Handset:

There are very negligible chances of getting back a lost handset unless you are using any kind of mobile tracker technology, still, if you ever loose your mobile handset then do not panic and take the following measures so that you may not have to incur any further losses (like unauthorized use of available talk-time,  number or data)

  • Immediately, after you discover that your mobile is lost or stolen, call your mobile operator’s customer care to get your number deactivated.
  • As soon as possible, step in to a nearest police station and lodge a FIR (First Information Report) about your lost handset and procure a written FIR Copy from the same police station.
  • Submit a copy of the FIR to the nearest outlet of your telecom operator and demand for a duplicate SIM card for the old (lost) number.

This way, you can at least get back your valuable SIM card with the same number and talk-time that was remaining unused (incase its a prepaid number).

Further, if you wish to try your luck getting back the lost handset, then inform some of the local (place where you lost your handset) mobile shops and other grey mobile traders about your lost handset. May be they can help your getting your lost handset back! πŸ˜‰

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  1. Aditya Kane Reply

    Okay valuable info. Still not sure if the grey market idea works in a big city like Mumbai or even pune for that matter. But having a password is a excellent idea. Also most people forget to backup their ph nos. Yours truly included.

    • Deepak Jain Post authorReply

      Well, its a wrong notion that you cannot get back a handset lost in metros like Mumbai or Delhi..
      Even Mumbai has very popular grey markets like Herra Panna and Manish Market! And surprisingly, mobile sellers there sometimes pinpoints the exact location of a lost mobile!

      Check out some popular Indian mobile forums if you are still unaware about it πŸ˜‰


    • rajnish jain Reply

      hi! this is renu jain . i lost my moblile around 10:15 am today 23rd of march 20011. its model no. nokia E63
      pls help me out sir..

    • rajnish jain Reply

      Good afternoon sir,
      Myself Renu jain. Ilost my mobile Nokia E63 at around 10:30this morning 23rd of march 20011.pls help me out
      i dont know even all the features of it.

    • Vanitha Reply

      have lost my mobile on 08.04.2011 with aircel simcard. my number 8883844180…….on 08th at 5.40pm the mobile was in on……….. but now switched off

  3. bindu Reply

    hi sir,
    i lost ma new samsung s5230 mobile.. can you please find ma lost mobile..
    please help me out..

  4. sunil Reply

    I heard that the password protection doesnot work in case of mobile phones, since there are softwares that can crack the password. is it true?

    • Deepak Jain Post authorReply

      Please read the above post completely that should help find your lost mobile.


      Yes, but still many are unaware about it. So, using passwords can be an extra level of protection πŸ™‚

  5. Jaikumar L jhula Reply

    I lost my cdma samsung mobile phone having imei no a000001733dfa4 of metallic silver colour.i need corportion to find help me out 2 find the mobile phone as my mobile has some of my imp numbers of the bussiness
    my no in cell was postpaid no. and according to the inquiries of bill he has used my no. for his purpose. my no. was 9320751313 but no. i had retained the no. as its my bussiness no.

  6. sneha raj Reply

    i lossed my mobile with airtel sim from jabalpur
    please help me for searching my sim no. is 9981195189

  7. Avijit Mondal Reply

    I lost my SAMSUNG GURU 1080 mobile on 22/11/09 at about 6.30 p.m. The IMEI no of my mobile is 356985/03/255009/9. The colour is RED, Name of Commodity GT-E1080ZRTINS, Manufactureing date Oct, 2009. Sim no 9749585842 . Please kindly take necessary steps to block the functions of my mobile. Please reply to my e-mail id or my no 9563968547 / 96141969001

  8. Karam Chand Reply

    If you have filed a police complaint giving IMEi nunber of your handset thenyou can file a RTI application to Police Station with following questions:
    1.Whether Police Inspector in charge has requested the mobile operator(like Airtel,Dolphin etc.) to track your Mobile handset with IMEI No.? If not,the reason for it?
    2.Whether reply from Operator received?
    3.Total no. of mobile lost complaints filed during last year and whether any of the phone is found?

    Now if yo learn(through RTI reply) that certain cases of lost mobile has been attended to on priority, by Police , out of turn, you make next RTI query for the reason for ignoring your comlaint.

    Hope this will make police to do a simple excersise needed to find any lost mobile phone.

  9. Prakash Date Reply

    I lost my Samsung 3653 mobile today and mobile IMEI no is 358040030366318. Please help me for track my mobile.

  10. Narendra Reply

    I lost my Nokia mobile yesterday and mobile IMEI no is 35193703088276
    Please help me for track my mobile.

  11. Syed Ali Mustafa Abidi Reply

    Sir i lost my LG KG 195 phone on 27/12/2009

    IMEI: 356732018007326
    S/N : 809ACEA800732

    please trace my mobile

  12. Pradeep Reply

    I had lost my Nokia N70 mob on 1-1-10 @ kollam. IMEI of the phone 355720022352367. Help me to trace the mob. Contact mob no 09447594511, 04734212915

  13. Keerthi.Ch Reply

    Hi sir,
    I lost my mobile on 21-01-2010 in bus.
    Model: Sony Ericson K550i
    My IME No. is 3593 4601 6757 217.
    My Mobile number is 9866146554.
    and my mobile has phone switch on password.
    can i get my cell phone back?
    Please do help me sir… its so valuable for me
    kindly Reply my post as soon as possible.

  14. lakshmi narayana Reply

    dear sir/madam
    I lost my mobile on 02-02-10.
    Model: sony ericson w350i
    IME no:35586502-734810-8
    My mobile no: 9880632212

    can u plz help for get my mobile back..
    plz kindly reply me i am waiting for ur reply…

  15. Yuvaraj Reply

    My name : Yuvaraj.M
    Phone model : Nokia 1650
    Make : 09.08.2008
    Last used No. : Dialed Number 9952493401 ,

    E-mail for communication: [email protected]
    Missed date: 24.01.2010 time 8.20 pm

    15 digit IMEI no.: 354869029365236

    Mobile Purchase Name : Dhananchezuian,No
    55,Thiruvenkadam street,Pudupet,Chennai -02
    Alternate Number :9677197975

    Pls Trace my Mobile



  16. Harish Kumar R Reply

    Hi there..

    I’m very happy in finding this website..

    I lost my mobile, on February 12, 2010.

    Model:- Nokia 6030
    IMEI:- 358354006609753.

    My contact # is 9880862861 or 9880232649..
    e-mail:- [email protected]

    Hope I’l get back my mobile & I’l be very thankful to u guys…

    Thank You very much..

  17. Sriram Reply

    I, S.Sriram, a resident of Bansilalpet, Secunderabad travel daily to my office in Hitech city, Madhapur by MMTS ( Lingampalli to Falaknuma) train. On Thursday, 14th May 2009 at 18:00 hrs, (6pm) when I was about to board the train from Hitech city to James street, someone knocked off my HTC mobile phone from my pocket. I was out of station and busy for such as long time that I could not compliant before. Sorry for the delay.

    The details are:
    Model: HTC P3400i
    Color: Black
    IMEI: 353333012325760.
    My Contact Number: 9849293940.

    Kindly do the needful.
    Thanking you.
    Yours sincerely.

  18. Jabir Ahammed Reply

    Respected Sir,
    I’m JABIR AHAMMED,I lost my nokia 5130 Xpress Music Red colour mobile from my room. Here is i have given my IMEI no, i have no other sources to help me except u!
    PLease help me, it’s a very new..
    Please help me sir.

    Permanent:Jabir Ahammed C,Cherukad House,Pathappiriyam Post,Manjeri-3,Malappuram Dist,Kerala State,India
    Phone model:NOKIA 5130 XPRESS MUSIC
    Last used No.:
    E-mail:[email protected]
    Missed date:12/04/2010
    IMEI No.:355212030250122

  19. vani Reply

    i lost my samsung corby mobile on the 29/04/10 with imie no 3585753\710859\3 can u help me trace it

  20. Anand Reply

    I have lost my mobile on 11-05-2010 , the model is Sony Ericsson K750i, the IMEI No.: 35378501-821900-5 Please try to find out the mobile..thanks contact:-08907224206

  21. mallika r moily Reply

    dear sir/madam
    I lost my mobile on 23.4.10.
    Model: nokia 6500
    IME no:353076022934403
    My mobile no: 9867121740

    can u plz help for get my mobile back..
    plz kindly reply me i am waiting for ur reply…

  22. mallika r moily Reply

    i lost my mobile dt 23.4.10 nokia model 6500 cost 14000/- ime no 353076022934403 plz help me i’m waiting for ur reply.
    my mobile no 9867121740

  23. P, Chandra Mohan Reply

    Dear Sir,

    I lost my brand new Samsung Champ Model No.GT – C3303 on 10.09.2010 in Chennai saidapet Sub Urbann Train.
    The IMEI NO. of the Mobile is
    Please help me to find my mobile

  24. shanthi.B Reply

    I lost my mobile Xpress Music 5800 on 14/09/10. IMIE no is.353205035925203.

    Kindly do the needful.

  25. B S Bisht Reply

    I have lost my mobile handset having IMEI Nos.(1) 910070000351140, (2) 910070000351157 & MEID No. is 990000350396828. Can I have the mobile number being used in that set ?

  26. Deepak Jain Post authorReply

    @All above
    Providing your mobile numbers publicly won’t help you out. Please read the above posts on what can be done if you loose your mobile phone!

  27. baba vali khan Reply

    I have lost my mobile today at bangalore majestic bus stand, My Mobile model LGKU990 VIEWTY IMEI NO 35785000231217809

    • NARAYANAN G Reply

      I lost my mobile on 18/1/2011 at Powai, Mumbai in bus. SAMSUNG CHAMP brown colour Model No.IMEI 35334104050308/9. If anybody gets this mobile pls call on 8793620153 / 9960199113.

  28. SHIVA Reply

    sir i had lost my mobile in bus can u please trace it i am sending u my imei no and my cell serial no,the no are sim 1 imei 1:359057031963678,imei 2:359057032014679;and my serial no is:652010061596367:i am helpless to do this so i am sending to u so i am beleiving on u can u please send and my mobile model is g9000i
    Thanking you

  29. Claudia Reply

    Dear Sir,
    I have lost my mobile handset – Cell no. 9987934050 on 20th Nov.2010. Kindly help me trace the same. Details of self given below:
    Your name: Claudia Rodrigues
    Address: `C’ 11/2, Shivaji Nagar, Vakola Bridge, Santacruz (East, Mumbai – 400 055 – (M) 9892153072 (o) 26536615
    Phone model: K530i(thunder black)
    Make: Sony Ericsson
    Last used No.:
    E-mail for communication: [email protected]
    Missed date: 20/11/2010
    IMEI No.: 359019018568631
    Claudia Rodrigues

    • Deepak Jain Post authorReply

      Sorry to hear that. Please read the post above and check if there’s any way your mobile could be recovered.

  30. Armaan Reply

    hi deepak…
    i have lost my nokia 2700 classic 10 days ago…
    i am also having my bill and IMEI no…. So can i get it back pls inform me fast…..

  31. mohammad shafique Reply

    sir i loss my lg kg 195 yesterday at 7:50pm a young boy on bike and he put my phone please my request please block the phone and (LG KG 195)(IMEI:358794024787620)

  32. surjeet Reply

    hi, sir i lost my mobile nokia e 71, with IMEI number 356059038778318,

    i lost it last Saturday, sir please inform

  33. Yogesh Reply

    Dear Sir,

    I lost my mobile Nokia 5233 on 15/1/2011. IMIE no is.354850044081800.

    Please help me sir.

    Yogesh Kharat

  34. Ravikant Rajaram kokne Reply

    Respected sir,
    I have lossed my samsung champ cam mobile before 3 days , please help me that matter
    i went to yermala to barshi villege i know that i have lossed my mobile in that root,
    informe me one the 9975310116 this is my brothers number please help me

  35. Jagdihs Purohit Reply

    Hallo sir.
    I lost my mobile INTEX IN 2040E
    M_IMEI : 3543850338947752
    Please help me sir
    Jagdish Puroiht

  36. Parthiban Reply

    I lost my mobile in bus please help me
    Mobile model: Karbonn K217
    Last Used Numbers: 9952212215,9566137172
    Mobile Theft Date: 10.2.2011 night 7.30 pm
    IMEI 1: 359791021926291
    IMEI 2: 359791022028295

    mail id: [email protected]
    mobile: 9952212215

  37. mukesh suman Reply

    i have lost my micromax q1 dual sim mobile ime no. is910041040984117 910041042504111 plz find it

  38. YERRAJI RAO Reply

    hi sir, i lost my mobile MICROMAX Q1 in R.C Reddy IAS institute in Hyderabad. could u please help me out to trace my mobile???? IMEI No-910041046166248.

  39. Nagendar Pal Reply

    Sir I have lost my mobile
    mobile no is 9854213408
    EMI No is 351985045206908.
    Please Help Me.

  40. Nandini Gowda Reply

    I lost my cell phone yesterday.

    EMI No is 351909040876135

    Please call on 9880366614 if the mobile is traced.

  41. rashmi Reply

    I Lost my mobile a few hours ago and it is the karbonn set.and when i call my number at present it is telling it is unreachable. can i trace my mobile phone with the imei number is 352482035903131.please tell me if it can be traced r not

  42. amitsharma Reply

    Sir I have lost my mobile
    EMI No is354854041316904
    mob model-NOKIA X2
    Please Help Me.
    if u found my cell.
    i pey some Rs if any
    cont no 998867572

  43. Kumar GR Reply

    hai i lost my sony ericson 910i mobile IMEI No 351555034915931,, Contact mr kumar Gr 8095444777 plz can find


    I LOST MY MOBILE NO. 8959890185


  45. Rajesh Reply

    Hello sir i was lost my mobile in Pondycherry PIMS Hospital in ORTHOPADICS WARD at morning 5.30am
    Dual sim card mobile :
    My AirTel sim :999 453 9774
    My AirCel sim :9941 803 556

    IMIE number :*353864/05/278056/8*
    IMEI NUMBER :*353865/05/278056/5*

    Contact Mobile Number Father : 9894066905

    pls help me sir
    How to trace it ???????

  46. Saurabh Nishad Reply

    Lost My Mobile Samsund Galaxy Dous Lite S-5302 Pllz Trace EMI No : My EMI No : Is 353877054985779 & 353878054985777 Plzzzzz Trace My EMI No : My Number Is 8860146007 …..& 8800746499 ….

  47. Archana Reply

    Hello sir,

    My name is Archana gunjal, my son’s samsung mobile has been lost from our building premises last few days, his mobile no is 9324133281 pls do some help to trace the mobile handset.
    If u find any information pls contact me on this no – 9324570592 / 9867788994

  48. kailash sharma Reply

    I lost my nokia lumia 625 i hv originalbil

    will you please help me to find out my cell..

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