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Can networks track a mobile?

If a phone is lost or stolen, can your network tell where it is? Even a rough idea?

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 19, 2011 at 12:39

Yes, via celltower triangulation. If they will do that for a lost phone is questionable, though.
's not like in the movies, and the phone would probably have to be part of a 'major' crimes investigation.
There are apps for most mobile operating systems that allow you to locate your device.

Julias  Aug. 19, 2011 at 14:02

Of course networks know where you are and even if your phone is switched off you can still be tracked by other organisations which i dare not mention here. :{

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 19, 2011 at 14:24

My friend has his HTC Hero stolen (when it was the newest HTC available), and Nottinghamshire Police force and T-Mobile both couldn't be arsed to track it, despite it being very valuable at the time. They both have the technology available to them to either track the GPS (which was on when the phone was stolen), or by Cell Tower Triangulation but they both didn't bother. So you're probably not going to be able to track your phone unless you have installed your own tracking app.

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