A couple of weeks back shortly after arriving at Orlando Airport I lost my Motorola Moto G mobile phone. I didn’t realise until I was half way to the hotel and with the phone still in flight mode I couldn’t use any location services to track it. Even more frustrating was the fact that the phone had everything I immediately needed on it – a US sat nav and the hotel address. Finding the hotel was pretty difficult after that, particularly as i was driving in the US for the first time.
I remember having the phone as I went to pick up the rental car from Alamo. Unfortunately the first car I selected had a problem with the rear seat belt so I had to unload all the cases from the boot and choose a different car. I’m pretty sure this is where I lost it.
I contacted Alamo and the Airport and hoped for the best. If I’m honest, I kind of thought that I might get lucky and someone would return it to me. I figured the kind of people picking up a large rental car wouldn’t be opportunists and if anyone spotted the phone they would make efforts to return it. It didn’t pan out like I’d hoped. I checked in with the airport and Alamo a few times over the next couple of weeks but there was no news.
The Moto G isn’t an expensive phone by any stretch.I deliberately went for a cheaper phone this time and part of that reason was replacement cost. It was more the hassle of changing passwords and attempting to chase it down that was a pain in the backside. I’d also planned on using it as a backup camera for the holiday
I attempted to locate the phone using Android Device Manager a number of times before eventually admitting defeat and organising a remote wipe from Motorola. This was partly due to the smudge security issue with a locking pattern. In the course of my life owning mobile phones, it’s the 3rd I’ve lost and not found, and perhaps the only one that I thought I would eventually locate.
Even now I’m still a bit gutted about it. I would have paid a reward to the value of the phone had it found it’s way back to me.
Who knows what happened to the phone. Maybe it was never found. Maybe it’s still sat in that rental car in flight mode with a flat battery. Or maybe it was found and a factory reset was performed and it’s now being used by someone else.