cell phone theives

Couple of days ago my dad’s cell phone got stolen. No it was not snatched at gunpoint or anything, it was delicately removed from his pocket. And no it didn’t happen in the mean streets. It happened in a KFC outlet, while he was waiting in the line to place the order. He came back with the food but had lost the gadget.

This is the third person I know whose cell phone got stolen or snatched. I was thinking about getting a new one myself but I think I’ll pass. My humble Samsung R220 serves me well. Now I’ll have to get my dad a new phone.

On a more serious note, something really has to be done in this regard. Otherwise, people might stop buying cool new phones for the fear of losing them. I read a while ago that city government was taking some action to counter this problem but that turned out to be just words.

One of the reasons cell phone is hot target for street theives is that a new mobile connection can be purchased at a rock bottom price. However, new cell phones are not too cheap. So they figured it’s easier to scare some innocent soul and get a free phone.

One suggestion to control this problem is that cell phone companies could come up with a plan to offer free phones with new connections (or great deals on phones with new connections, like 50% off the market price). That way new customers will not think twice before buying a new phone if they could get it at a very good price. These kind of offers are working in western countries for a long time and they can work in Pakistan as well. I am positive this will reduce the incidents of cell phone theft to a significant level.

Your suggestions on what to do about this problem are most welcome.

6 Comments so far

  1. A (unregistered) on March 29th, 2005 @ 3:17 pm

    PTA has approved a policy on theft or snatching of cell phones

    Dawn report


    Of course we all wait implementation.

  2. misha (unregistered) on March 29th, 2005 @ 4:23 pm

    Oddly, I was just reading about three youths getting their cell phone snatched from them at gunpoint in Dawn this morning. My brother and his friend were also walking near the Cineplex alone in the evening and got theirs stolen at gunpoint. Wasn’t there a website where you could register your cell phone in case it was stolen? It seems a good solution as any.

  3. Faraz (unregistered) on March 29th, 2005 @ 5:20 pm

    I dont get it, why does EVERYONE and their maasi need a mobile phone anyways? I grew up without a mobile phone and I turned out pretty ok (I think) :)

  4. Tall Dark Handsome (unregistered) on March 29th, 2005 @ 7:53 pm

    lol @ massi ..

    dude in this world .. my 6 yr old cousin goes to school with a cell phone thats worth more than the stuff he carries there .. heh ..

    somethings find their way into life … who says get a phone that spills extravagence .. get one that works and … its really handy at times especially when ur van has missed u and u dont know if they have gone past or not and u dont get late for office … !!

  5. Daniela (unregistered) on March 30th, 2005 @ 12:01 am

    Greetings from the vienna metroblog!

    they snatched my mobile a couple of months ago. it was either near the hospital or in the subway. what is amazing is, that i dont have any clue how they did that. the cell phone was always in my bag, WAY down in the bag, and the bag was always closed. damn, even i needed 10 minutes to find the stupid phone when someone was calling me.

  6. Saadie (unregistered) on March 30th, 2005 @ 12:29 pm

    Misha: There was a website, designed by MobilZone I guess but that campaign never looked like it had any backing, plus I have heard it also requires cooperation from Mobile Connection providers only they can jam the stolen cell and apparently they are not willing to do it. Plus we are “blessed” with such a talented technicians who can activate any jammed cell. Its a whole network out there not easy to crack.

    Frankly I am waiting for the day when mine will be snatched it just seems it is around the corner, its just when fate decides its my time.

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