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Your Phone Stolen? Share Your Experience

I have gotten my phones stolen twice and lost on one occasion.

This is my experience. The First phone i used in my life is Motorola Timeport. I lost it at a police checking point. I placed it on my lap carelessly and when we were ordered out for stop and search in the night, it dropped. I made effort to call my fone later but it has bn switched off.

The second fone dropped into the water at the beach and stopped working even after drying it. I kept it in the pocket of my jacket at home and it developed wings and dissappeared.

But the way my last fone got stolen is a lesson which i think all of us should share, so that we can watch it in future.

In Lagos now, distraction is the tool for stealing Mobile phones.

It was a peaceful evening as I was driving home from the office after a long days work. I almost got home when i received a call and i thought since I'm almost at my destination I should just ignore it. I left my two phones on the seat besides me in the hold up. The light on my phone attracted these phone robbers, and they used the distraction method for me.

One Okada rider just crossed my vehicle and hit my vehicle's body on the drivers side with his hand and said "Oga, your fuel is leaking". I got distracted for a minute and the next minute the two fones on my side was gone. How it happened I don't know. It was so fast that I had to laugh at myself. I thought I was smart until these happened. I felt so silly. "WON LO T'EKO FUNMI".

Share your experience too, so that others can learn from your mistake or carelessness.

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i have quite a history with stolen/missing phones

my nokia 3310 was collected by some juju guys abt 4 years ago,

chinco n95 dropped out of my pocket in a cab 3 years ago

nokia n72 and a motorola f3 collected at gun point by armed guys in my room

sony ericsson w580i dropped out of my pocket in a cab

samsung e250 dropped again in a cab

samsung m620 dropped in a cab but i found it then it was given to a friend for repair and hasnt been returned

samsung flip sold to a friend which i neva got paid for

nokia 1100 phonenapped by a friend,

I try nah abi,at least i don use abt 16-20 in 4 years

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pls is there anyway i can block a stolen n72 phone in nigeria

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Lost one, had one stolen and both my favourite phones at the time.

The first phone, a beautiful Siemens S35i, fell out of my pocket when I went out with a friend. The weird thing is that when I called it, it rang, but I couldn't find it. Thought it was in my friend's car but it was no where to be found.  In the end I gave up looking for it.  Bought another one a few months later after getting a Nokia 3210 as a stop-gap.

The other phone, a Sony Ericsson Z610, was stolen along with my bag at work.  I had briefly stepped out of the office to check something. I was leaving half day and had left my bag in a chair, as opposed to under my desk.  It was only when I was getting ready to leave that an unreal feeling came over me and realised my bag, with my banana, money I had withdrawn that morning, phones (also had a Samsung D600 in the bag), eye glasses and my Nintendo DS were all in my stolen bag. 

To say I was upset was an understatement.  My line manager, bless him, gave me some money to help me out. I had to do a whole lot of palaver reporting it etc.  Even the CCTV didn't cover the place where my bag got stolen.  Over the next few months I replaced every and then tried to put it behind me, since that incident I was always wary and double checking myself at work.

The following year I was seconded to another office for a few months, and got a call from my line manager a few weeks into the secondment.  Someone had found my bag, and more so, apart from the Sony Ericsson and the money, everything else was in there!  Apparently someone found it and kept it nearby, but never bothered reporting it. I guessed when the banana started to smell she looked inside, recognised my name and then gave it to my line manager.

Also turns out that I had actually passed the thief when I briefly left the office, thinking he was another client.  He committed a robbery at a sister building a couple of months later and was known to the police.  In our CCTV footage he was seen in the communal area not long before I came out from the office.  I was told it probably was a good thing I never confronted him as he was known to be violent.

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Me too don lost fone before in sec schl! Brb to give details

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Who the man that must wark.? Do u mean those fapping people phone?

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Me i don loose my phone,no be one,no be two no be 3. The story about my phone funny oh! I keep my peace.

One love all. Keep on loosing,it's normal,man must wack!

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Kai its very painful and distabilizes someone. Guys i realy didnt want to say it. But i just have to. Cos i cant believe that me TOO RO . Could lost my N70me without trase. Men i just cant stay with out Browsing that i have to get a tokumbo N70me before 24 hours and to pay in two installment.

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keep on formulating stories nd lies simply because of 1,500naira 4 backup sim abi na sim backup.rubbish.

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i culd remember the time my boss sent me on errand within Abeokuta metropolis,when i arrived at shapon i tried to board taxi to iberekodo whereas some guys entered d cab with me b4 i know what is happening,my Nec 313 is gone with 128mb mmc which i bought at d rate of #16000 in 2005.i was shocked and confused because of hw to buy new one

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u know the insurance sector don go 'renewnation'

which naija insurance company would do that?

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Hum!!! No Be Niaja that one go happen. Insurance ke!

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LOl, i was careless about my phone. I was really hungry that day so i decided to go to Mcdonald. While eating, i was talking on the phone so after my conversion, i placed my phone on the table. Normally after using my phone, i put it in my bag or in my pocket but that day i seriously forgot. so right after i finish eating 2 mcchikens, i decided to go to the restroom forgetting that my phone was on the table. And Behold, before i came back for my phone after rememberin i left it on the table, it was gone. I was so mad because it was a sidekick phone i just got it like 2 weeks ago------- but i was lucky because the phone was insured.

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Oga o,a lota people are crazy are crazy bowt dis programme

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desgiezd, oh dat 0ne!! Yup d place is scanty. . .ppz just took solace there when d other 1 shut down

prof, d only program I kip u wt is el cuerpo del deseo

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@drag, a Tv programme on MitV. .

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Dragnet, it is difficult retrieving a fone from the pocket while driving and a call comes in.

The cafe you mentioned is not the one where the incident happened. The cafe I talked about is just a few houses away from the one that uses DOPC dish, that is, when u move towards Iyana Sch Bus Stop. In fact, that cafe is almost dead now because that sort of incident happened there again after about three months and guys are now refusing to patronise the place.

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D guy said he lives in a hood, he made d situatn clear. . .get It!

@drag, u dey watch too much of "Lagos Sense"

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desgiezd, hw abt ur pockets??

Which cafe was that?? The one that also houses a photography studio at d ground floor?? That just re-opend using direct on pc?

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I have lost two phones so far. The first one happened at about 8.30pm on a particular Sunday night in 2005, it was a Nokia 3400 and had just been released into the market. I was at a cyber cafe when I noticed some unusual movements around me. I didnt look up on time because I was engrossed in the surfing stuff. By the time I looked up, the guys - 3 of them, just beckoned on me to come over and I instantly stood up because one of them was holding a short gun while the other two were holding knives. They packed all of us inside a small room and made us to prostrate. With our own hands, and our faces on the floor, we were handing over handsets and money to them. This was directly opposite my residence along Ikorodu Road in Ketu, Lagos.

The second one happened also in Ketu at a bus stop called Tipper Garrage. It was on a Saturday evening in October, 2007. I was driving in from the Third Mainland Bridge and that particular bus stop was always a busy place. Traffic there was quite tight. There was a light shower and I rolled the window up but not completely. At a point, a boy came to my side of the car and started blabbing some senseless things, as he was doing that he was also banging on my door loudly. I knew something was going on but could place my hands on it. Shortly after that he disappeared, as I drove a few metres away from the place and was still thinking something was wrong. Suddenly, I remembered my phone and alas, it was gone. A Samsung D660 placed just under my hand brake. How someone squeezed himself to reach it where I kept it is still a mystery. I later called the number and negotiated. They asked for N4,000.00 and I was willing to pay. They appointed a place (Fruits market, just opposite Tipper Garage) and I went there but they refused to show up. Since that day, I have been keeping my phones in the pigeon hole provided at the side of the door, let's see who would reach them there.

I have also witnessed two incidents at Obalende in Lagos. I'll post them shortly.

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U tink so?

I live in a hood,where every small boi wants to be top nigga.

No sitting on d fence.

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Beating the shht out of him was the only wrong

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Nyway i gave him d fone back,and hired guys to beat d daylight out of him d next day.

My guy sick 4 two weeks,no fit stand up 4rm bed.

After dat,his mother returned d fone personally with apologies.

D ironic tin,waz dat i only used d fone 4 a week b4 d screen went blank.

And i had to get anoda fone.

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Can u imagine dat due to my gentle nature,he started playin with my intelligence.

A week lata,i hooked up with him & he told me dat one bros just bought d same type of fone 4 him,& wen i asked him if it was new,he said no.

Mehn!!! i was so sure it my fone.but wen i asked him to show me his fone,he started givin excuses.dat he is charging it,or he borrowed his paddy d fone,or d battery is dead or its in d house and he doesnt want 2 enter because his mother will disturb him,then he will ask wat i want 2 do with it.

All dat time,i neva lost my temper or gave my fears away.

Then one fine day,i caught him red handed with d fone,he had no option but to give it to me.and wen i checked d security code,

HOLY bleeping SHITE!!!

It waz none other than mine!

U see, i had changed d security code from 12345 to my fone numba.

Watch out for d final episode!

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After getting me drunk in sec school,my best buddy stole my first fone,a 6030.

I had gotten home b4 i noticed dat my fone had disapeared,so i ran back 2 his house to accost him,but he said he gave me & due 2 my drunken state,i didnt argue.

But d next day,i analyzed d whole situation and started tinking of ways to get ma fone back.

But i figured,he would sell it sharp sharp.

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Mustay, I didnt get 1 kobo

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Seeing this post made me recall one of the most bizarre yet 100% true story of phone theft that happened in Delta State University,Abraka just two months ago.It sounds hard to believe but it really happened.The story was published in one of the national dailies sef.In one of our university girl's hostel,there is a mysterious man which we have tagged 'Red man' becos he always ties a red cloth when doing his thing.He appears through the wall in rooms in the girl's hostel and go straight for their expensive phones.when he collects the phone,he simply touches d wall and disappear!He doesnt carry gun or weapons;when he discovers that u have a a colour screen or camera fone,he wil pay u a visit dat nite!He did dis and terrorized the girl's hostel for 2 months and just couldn't be caught despite night vigils in the hostel and security personnels called to intervene in d surreal happenings.Two months went by b4 he then stopped visiting d girl's hostel.Many people wud dismiss d story as plausible but u can ask any Delsuite in ur area to confirm it.

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[center]NCC to end mobile phone theft by December[/center]

Published: Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008

http://punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art20080701121050

The menace of mobile handsets’ theft in Nigeria will soon be over as the Nigerian Communications Commission on Friday announced that an anti-theft system that will render any stolen mobile handset in the country useless, will come into operation before December 2008.

Ernest Ndukwe

The commission also said the scheme, once operational, would completely bar any stolen phone from being used in any of the telephone networks.

The Executive Vice- Chairman and Chief Executive of NCC, Mr. Ernest Ndukwe, who broke the news at the 47th Consumer Parliament, which held in Awka, Anambra State, also said the regulatory body had concluded plans to force down the current tariffs being charged by phone operators for Short Messaging Services so as to assist more people to communicate more easily and cheaply.

Ndukwe said the issue of phone theft in the country had been of major concern to the regulator, adding that the anti-theft system was developed with the collaboration of the mobile phone operators.

He also said that a company had been licensed to manage the system, explaining that the system would require that all the mobile operators, including GSM and CDMA networks, link their data to the system such that once the theft of any phone handset was reported, it would block it from in any other network in Nigeria.

On the plan to reduce the cost of SMS, which is still up to N15 in some networks, Ndukwe said the commission was looking into the matter and expected the operators to reduce the tariffs soon otherwise the commission would take action.

”SMS is one of the cheapest things to offer in the network in terms of services, and many young people use this service. It is cheaper and easier and when more people use it, it will also free the networks of congestion.

“If the operators do not react, we will react. We will probably put a sealing on this service”, he said.

The NCC boss also observed that checks by the commission in Awka and the surrounding areas showed that all the operators had failed tests on customer care for their subscribers.

He admonished the operators to live up to their responsibilities to ensure customer satisfaction with the provision of customer care facilities for quick resolution of complaints.

Ndukwe explained to telephone subscribers that the essence of the parliament was to feel their pulse and to assess the facilities, which the operators had put together to offer quality services to the people.

He told them that some of the quality of service challenges in the system were traceable to the operators, while some were beyond them, noting, however, that the commission recently imposed some compensation on the operators to mitigate these challenges.

”This is the first time that any group of customers has been so compensated in any part of Africa, and we have not seen it in any part of the world. So, we are proud to achieve that for the consumers in this country”, he said.

Ndukwe said that some operators were already offering 3G broadband Internet capabilities, while some others were providing WIMAX services.

He said many Nigerian cities would experience broadband services by mid 2009 through the State Accelerated Broadband Initiative in which the NCC was providing subsidy to some of the operators to implement.

Following complaints about vandalism of operators‘ equipment, the NCC boss said the commission was more concerned about one company damaging the cables of other companies and that the regulator was coming up with some rules about theft.

However, he said the regulator was not the police to be able to arrest those who vandalise equipment.

”If there is wilful damage to your equipment, you have the option of suing the company involved to get mitigation for damages, which NCC cannot offer”, he said.

“Ndukwe also noted that vandalism of telecom equipment was not peculiar to Nigeria alone but that the NCC was planning to convene a meeting of all the operators in the country to find lasting solutions to the issue.

The matter of inaccurate billings was also discussed at the special session of the parliament, during which the NCC advised the operators to ensure that they provide adequate billing information to the consumers, while urging the consumers to be alert to such billings and report where there were anomalies.

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Wow jaybaby that's a funny one, though not funny at that point in time!

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As a student who just finished secondary school in June and started an Internship programme in an organisation in V/I pending the time I resume in the University, I was unaware of how bad things were about phone theft. I heard stories though but it was not the same experiencing the real thing. I had saved some money to buy my phone with some assistance from my Dad about a year earlier. I valued my phone a lot but valued it even more when it was stolen.

Guys, Lagos life is hard. On my way back from work on the 24th of August, 2006, I'll never forget that day. During the day, I took some pix with my phone to show my people at home how my office looked like. Those pictures didn't get home with me.

I waved to my colleague as I entered a bus from VI to Obalende where I was to enter Yaba. When I entered the bus, I brought out my phone to make sure I put it on vibration mode and put it back in my pocket. I don't like the idea of it ringing out for everyone to know that I have a phone. My pocket was a bit loose when compared to the ones in Jeans. Everyone at the office is expected to dress formally Monday to Thursday, but Friday you are free to dress freely.

My older brother had always warned me of how his colleagues phones had always been snatched in Lagos especially at Obalende. So once in a while I tap my pocket to confirm my phone and wallet are still intact.

A lady with a baby on her back sat to my left while an 'Old Man' with a red face cap sat at my right. (Should be between 40 to 50 plus in age because he looked elderly in appearance.)

As the journey commenced, the old man dropped his money on the floor of the bus. They were quite scattered. I wanted to help him, but he bent as fast as he dropped them to pick them up. He did that for a while and he got down at a junction before we got to Obalende.

When we got to Obalende, I tapped as usual but felt only my wallet. I went back into the bus to check for my phone. It was gone! A woman gave me her phone to dial the number, the line just rang and it occured to me that I left it on vibration mode. The woman with the baby then reminded me off the old man who bent to pick his money, then it all clicked!

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Me was on d bus and two fool try distract me with magic trick.

One was doing the trick and the other checkin out me phone.

Once the magic show had finished me reached for me phone to call all me boys and let em know how impressed i was. But it weren't there. I saw the chief magigian running with me phone towards the bus exit.

Me grabbed for me gun and give him a blast in the head and end that fool.

Thats what people like that deserve or it will keep happening.

Me collected me phone from his person then robbed his cell and money!

Me wins i thought.

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Bad, but luchies, i couldn't help but laugh at the part 'shebi phone dey'. Funny but annoying, as if one obliges them at their request!

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I bought this Nokia 7710 that I had so much wanted, I ordered it online from a store in new york, 3days later it arrived at my house in Florida. I was so excited and used it right away, It cost me $650 then. january this year i decided to go back to Naija for a while and my phone was picked by the "REAL" owners. I was in a bus and had the phone on my belt in its pouch, four of us sat in the back and there was this old man and his wife that didnt have up to the bus fare so i said I was going to pay for him, as we were talking i didnt know it was a form of distraction and the guy close to me would just bump into me as if the bus was jumping in gallops, later he started smiling at me. i was just irritated and faced the other way. the next thing i didnt even know when he got down, as i was about to get down at my destination, I just saw my phone pouch open,there was a cold wave that ran over me and i asked the driver to stop and searched the bus, but he said did i know who sat by me that he would be the one. I was madd. I then said i would never buy another phone again until my wife begged me to have her phone and she then bought another one, 2 days after giving me her phone which cost $329 her new phone was stolen.

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with all our stories wat are we all going to do about this reoccurence events which i think is not going to stop so we all have to be very careful with our things so as not to loose them unnecessarily.

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I have got my stolen two times. The First one was a very terrible experience. It was on the 5th of Dec.2005.I close from work around 8.30. I was at the bus stop going home, unknown to me that the cab i took is one chance. (Dont ask me if one chance dey taxi too just pray u dont fall a victim). We have not driven 50metres when they started beating me. The first thing they asked fro was my phone. Though the gave me back my sin upon request. They also took over 50K from me because that was the day I was paid my salary.

Two days later I got another phone. It was picked from my pocket. As II got down from the bus I discobered I was light somehow, so I checked my pocket, my phone was gone. two guys behind me, a military man and a young boy directed me to the bus conduct, that it was with him.When I confronted the conduct he was mad at me, I turned to called the two guys to bear witness the disappeared to the thin air.

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reading about all your experiences is crazy. it's hard to believe that people still go out of their way to steal phones in Naija. if anyone stole my blackberry pearl, i'd be one pissed mutha,

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goind thru the topic and my fellow nairalanders posts see this issue of phone stealing is becoming rampant in Nigeria.Well ve not had my phone stolen b4,but i ve a story to share too.It happened to my aunt she was going out and she was in a crowdy place when her phone rang and she stepped aside to answer the call and immediately she finished answering the call a guy came up to and asked her to give him the phone,my aunt said she wanted to object giving him the phone but the look on his face shows he is a TOUT so she quickly gave him and went away.So When she got home and told us all dis we decided to call her line and when we did ,it was picked up by a guy so when we told the guy the phone belongs to us and he said we asked if the owner was male/female and said if its was a female she should come pick it up.AND OF COURSE NOBODY WENT COS YOU DONT KNOW WAT CAN HAPPEN THERE.

The phone was Motorola L6

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playboy i just want you to know it is not an easy thing to bear with when one loses his phone if you have never felt it b4 it would seem amusing but if you have felt it you will feel bitter.

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Lost ma fone ? never !. . . . Just wanna say sorry 2 ya all that lost there fone

God bless

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my phone got stolen when i was in schl, morems. lag, it was visiting hours and guys were in the hostel, i was alone in my room, my room mates were on the corridor, i wasnt sleeping i was just on my bed, thinking, and my phone was under my pillow and my head was on the pillow.

i think i had just dozed off when i heard people yelling thief and i saw my sim card beside me, lo and behold the phone was gone, till today im certain the guy used jazz cos i dont undertand how he could enter my room without me hearing, enter my corner, put his hands under my pillow and remove my sim cad take the phone in the space of 2 minutes, how in gods name did he even know a phone was under the pillow. that same night on the same corridor, three other girls phones were stolen under the same circumstances. at least am grateful he left my sim card for me.

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Wow. Am lost for words to say!

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wat are we going to do to stop this stealing of fone my brother's and sisters?

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No thief will ever be interested in my phone, cos I buy it used and rugged but guess what, it serve the purpose, the problem is that naija is investing 2 much money on phones, even when network no dey.

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Guyz, Lagos life is hard. On my way back from work on the 24th of August, 2006, I'll never forget that day. During the day, I took some pix with my fone to show my people at home how my office looked like. Those pictures didn't get home with me. <br>I waved to my colleague as I entered a bus from VI to Obalende where I was to enter Yaba. When I entered the bus, I brought out my phone to make sure I put it on vibration mode and put it back in my pocket. I don't like the idea of it ringing out for everyone to know that I have a phone. My pocket was a bit loose when compared to the ones in Jeans. Everyone at the office is expected to dress formally Monday to Thursday, but Friday you are free to dress freely. <br>My older brother had always warned me of how his colleagues phones had always been snatched in Lagos especially at Obalende. So once in a while I tap my pocket to confirm my phone and wallet are still intact. <br>A lady with a baby on her back sat to my left while an 'Old Man' with a red face cap sat at my right. (Should be between 40 to 50 plus in age cos he looked elderly in appearance.) <br>As the journey commenced, the old man dropped his money on the floor of the bus. They were quite scattered. I wanted to help him, but he bent as fast as he dropped them to pick them up. He did that for a while and he got down at a junction before we got to Obalende. <br>Whe we got to Obalende, I tapped as usual but felt only my wallet. I went back into the bus to check for my phone. It was gone! A woman gave me her phone to dial the number, the line just rang and it occured to me that I left it on vibration mode. The woman with the baby then reminded me off the old man who bent to pick his money, then it all clicked.

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Geez,

never had my phine stolen or lost but all this experiences is really something to worry about.

guess i can always get African insurance for my phone so anyone who steals it goes deaf and hears where to bring my phone to me in his/her head until he/she does.

lol

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My Phone was stolen when i was in 300 level in the university(Ife). I just got back from the library cos it was during exam period. I dropped my bag on the bed to go and use the toilet and couldnt find my phone when i came back. I called it immediately and it was already switched off. i was without a phone for months after the incident.

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Twist: what would you do if you couldn't find your phone for a minute or two when you needed it the most?

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