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Testing cell networks across America: Phone crime is real

Gabe Scelta | May 17, 2013
On a sweltering spring day in southwest Dallas I was standing outside my car, parked on a flat and near-empty stretch of urban road. The sun was quickly drying the cars coming out of the car wash across the street and I was playing with the OpenSignal app on my tester phones. Seemingly out of nowhere an old man was standing behind me. He looked like Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption, but on a very bad day.

There are a lot of ways to prevent theft, but none are perfect. Phones are made to be used, and be conveniently mobile, which are exactly the attributes that make them easy to steal. For my personal devices, I'm a big fan of Prey but there's also Apple's preinstalled version, "Find My iPhone." Ben Boychuk (@benboychuk) at Macworld has some tips for keeping phones and other devices safe.

And if you are considering buying a smartphone, please don't ask me to sell you one. Also, it's not a good idea to buy one in a parking lot, because it's probably a block of wood.

You can follow my travels on Facebook (OpenSignal Gabe)Foursquare (OpenSignal) where I'll be checking in periodically. I'll also be blogging some more about my epic road trip here on the OpenSignal Blog.

 

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