Posts Tagged ‘lost phone’

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

How Much Does it Cost to Lose a Smartphone?

60 million. That’s the number of phones lost, stolen or damaged each year. If you’re lucky, you’ve never had to deal with the headaches, costs and general frustrations that come with losing a phone. To most people, losing a phone is worse than losing their keys, wallet or car. And when you break down what all replacing a lost phone entails, it makes a lot of sense.

lost smartphone
While the total costs to replace your phone will depend upon the type and the carrier you utilize, it’s not just the money that you have to worry about. Often times our smartphones hold business contacts, bank passwords and even photo galleries. So on top of the nearly $900 dollars it would take to replace an iPhone, you’ve lost valuable contacts, information and memories.

Jeanette Pavini, contributor at Market Watch, shared a story about one of her readers:

“Her iPhone was stolen while she was on public transit. She didn’t have phone insurance, her renter’s insurance didn’t cover the loss, and she was told if she canceled her phone contract, she would be liable for a hefty early termination fee. In the end, she paid a small fortune and learned a big lesson.”

 The lesson learned? Don’t lose your phone! Stories like these are exactly why Laurie and our team created the Wireless Leash—so no one would ever have to deal with the pain and struggle of replacing a lost phone. With our Wireless Leash you can make a one-time investment that will protect your phone time after time.

Have you ever lost your phone? What things did you have to deal with to replace it? Share your story by leaving a comment!


Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The Lost Cell Phone Project

Have you ever lost your cell phone? If you found it—did someone else return it to you? Was it in the hands of a stranger for a period of time?

Apparently, most Americans would have rummaged through that lost phone of yours. Symantec recently conducted a study where they lost smartphones on purpose. The phones were bugged with tracking and logging software that kept track of where the phones went and what information was accessed.

lost phone study
From an article on MSNBC about the study:

“To spice up the test, the phones had an obvious file named ‘contacts,’ making it easy for any finder to connect with the phone’s rightful owner.   But the phones also offered tempting files, with names like ‘banking information,’ and ‘HR files.’  

Some 43 percent of finders clicked on an app labeled ‘online banking.’ And 53 percent clicked on a filed named ‘HR salaries.’ A file named ‘saved passwords’ was opened by 57 percent of finders. Social networking tools and personal e-mail were checked by 60 percent. And a folder labeled ‘private photos’ tempted 72 percent.

Collectively, 89 percent of finders clicked on something they probably shouldn’t have.

Meanwhile, only 50 percent of finders offered to return the gadgets, even though the owner’s name was listed clearly within the contacts file”

The results are pretty shocking to us—especially when you realize that most, if not all, of the lost phone finders weren’t criminals. These were normal, everyday people who found a lost phone and decided to snoop.

So how can you prevent this from happening to you? First, you can set a passcode on your phone—half to three quarters of people don’t take this simple step that adds a layer of protection. Second, you can invest in a device that prevents phone loss. Our Wireless Leash is made especially to make sure you don’t ever find yourself without your phone.

How do you protect your phone from being lost?


Thursday, February 16th, 2012

February is Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month

Each February is Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month, and while we think you should probably check behind the sofa more than once a year, we still think it’s a clever idea. There are a few reasons why you should shift your settee:


To clean up.  Do you clean your sofa regularly? (You don’t have to answer that) But take this opportunity to give it a good scrubbing. Fluff the cushions, get new throw pillows, and maybe even make a few bucks by gathering loose change.

To try a new look.  How long has your living room been arranged the same way? Now is the time to move things around and shake it up a bit. Adjusting the layout of the furniture in a room can make if feel like a brand new space!

To find lost things. Remember all those things that “grew legs and walked away on their own”? You just might find them in the sofa. Your car keys, favorite bracelet or even a cell phone might just turn up in there (remember, if you had a Wireless Leash, your phone wouldn’t have been lost in the first place… just saying).

Do you plan to pull your couch off the wall this month? Let us know if you find any lost items in there!

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Stop Losing and Forgetting Things – 6 Memory Tricks

We’ve all lost something at one time or another. Usually, we lose things because we forget what we did with them. If only there was a way to not forget things…

memory tricks

Lucky for all of us, there are lots of ways to exercise your memory. We’ve pulled together 6 tips for boosting your memory:

  1. As you do something, make a mental note of it. For example, if you put your cell phone on the bedside table, say to yourself, “I’m putting my phone on the bedside table.” Creating this clear memory will help you remember the action.
  2. Utilize repetition to remember names and numbers. When someone tells you their name for the first time, repeat it in your head at least three times. Then, make sure to use their name during conversation to ingrain it into your mind.
  3. Learn with all your senses. Look at it, touch it, hear it, smell it and even taste it if you can. Incorporating all of your senses will help you create a memory of an item.
  4. Create songs or rhymes out of information you need to remember. Think about it—how many song lyrics can you remember even though you haven’t heard the song for years? Singing and rhyming is a powerful way to increase memory.
  5. Invent mnemonic devices for lists of information. Do this by making a sentence of out words starting with the first letter of each thing on your list. For example: ROY G BIV for the color of the rainbow or HOMES for the five American Great Lakes.
  6. If something is on the tip of your tongue, recite the alphabet. When you get to the letter that starts the word, it should pop right out in your mind.

Of course, when it comes to remembering something like your cell phone, you can always use a less subtle reminder—like the alarm on our Wireless Leash.


What are your personal memory tricks?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Lost and Found – The Soundtrack

Do you and your cell phone have a rocky relationship? Are you always losing each other—but later finding each other again? If so, you’re not alone. There are a lot of people who have the exact same issue every day.

Because of that, we’ve compiled what we call “Lost and Found – The Soundtrack.” That’s right, the following is a list of songs to help you get through the day to day struggles of losing (and finding) your phone.

I’m Lost Without You – Robin Thicke

You Found Me – The Fray

Lost – Coldplay

Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking ForU2

Lost then Found – Leona Lewis

Now this could all be avoided if you just had a ZOMM…

Traveling for the Labor Day Weekend? If so, make sure you take this playlist along! In addition to these songs, and your Wireless Leash, make sure you drive safely by using a hands-free device for phone calls, like the Safe Driving Kit for ZOMM!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Paris Hilton Lost Another Cell Phone

She’s an heiress to a hotel dynasty, a television and movie star, a writer and a recording artist. Apparently keeping all of that straight, along with an elite social life, isn’t an easy task. That’s probably why Paris Hilton reported last week that she’d once again lost her cell phone(s).

As she deboarded a plane in Manila, Paris frantically looked through her bag trying to locate her two iPhones. Now, how you lose two iPhones on a private flight is beyond us, but we have to take this opportunity to ask, “Paris, why in the world haven’t you invested in a ZOMM?”


Paris Hilton lost phone

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If you recall, back in 2005, Paris’ phonebook was released to the public. The list included hundreds of celebrities’ personal cell numbers, including Eminem, Fred Durst, Lindsay Lohan, and Twiggy. While most people believe this was result of a hack and not Paris losing her phone, we’re still convinced she needs one.

And Paris isn’t the only celebrity who’s fallen victim to the lost phone blues. In 2007, Ashton Kutcher lost track of his phone while on vacation with wife Demi Moore in Spain. Along with some questionable photos, Ashton’s phone also contained contact information for several well-known celebrities.

So really, this just goes to show that celebrities aren’t all that different from the rest of us. They, too, lose their cell phones… and get really frustrated by it. If you want to prevent yourself from becoming the next Paris Hilton, we suggest a ZOMM Wireless Leash be your first purchase.

Do you know of any other celebs who need a ZOMM?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Top 5 Most Commonly Lost items

Who hasn’t lost something in their life? All of us, at some time or another, have had that feeling of panic when we realize we’ve misplaced something. We retrace our steps, look in every nook and cranny (including the couch cushions) and sometimes decide it must have sprouted legs and walked away.

Often times, we find the lost item right where it was supposed to be. Other times, however, it ends up in the land of lost. Nearly all businesses have a box, bin or tub of some fashion, dedicated as the “Lost and Found.”

Lost and found bins typically contain quite an eclectic mix of items. They always seem to hold a few items that make you scratch your head and say, “How did someone lose that?!”

While we can’t answer that question for you, we can let you know which items to keep an extra eye on. That is, after doing some research online (and in lost and found bins around town) we’ve discovered the five most common items in a lost and found bin:

  1. Keys
  2. USB Flash Drives
  3. Mobile Phones
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Gloves

So what can we learn from this? Well first, it’s that we need to keep better tabs on these five items. And second, we know that we’re not alone. Apparently everyone has problems keeping track of their keys, cell phone, sunglasses, etc.

Have you ever lost any of these items? Or have you lost something more valuable? Tell us your stories in the comment section below!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

ZOMM on Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect

about ZOMM – Online:

“Where is my phone?”

If you – or your kids – find yourself asking this question several times a day, you could benefit from getting to know ZOMM. It’s a wireless “leash” that hangs from your keychain and is Bluetooth-enabled to vibrate, flash, and sound an alarm every time users walk too far away from their phone.

We liked the concept from the get-go, and found it easy to set up and activate. But what made us fall in love with ZOMM is that it can be set up to be an answerable speakerphone device because, let’s face it, just because we know our phone is in our purse doesn’t mean we can get to it at the moment the ringtone starts sounding. Another huge safety plus – it can sound a panic alarm, and by continuing to hold down the ZOMM multifunction button through the alarm, it can call local emergency assistance. Just. Like. That.

If you’re wondering if a mother was mother of this incredible invention, the answer is yes. ZOMM stands for Zac, Olivia, and Madison’s Mom.

See the original article here

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Giving Thanks – ZOMM Celebrates Thanksgiving

Even though we should really do it every day, each year the 4th Thursday in November is recognized as THE day to give thanks. Everyone has different things to be thankful for, whether it’s healthy family and friends, a steady job or prevailing over disaster.

Here at ZOMM, we’re thankful for many, many things, but here are a few highlights:

Bluetooth Technology
Without Bluetooth, ZOMM wouldn’t be possible. We’ve praised Bluetooth before, and we’ll continue to do so! These short wavelength radio waves have allowed us to create a one-of-a-kind product that solves a problem nearly everyone has dealt with at some point.

That brings us to another thing we are thankful for…

Forgetful People (AKA our customers)
If people weren’t so busy (and at times, forgetful) there would be no need for ZOMM. However, in the hustle and bustle of today’s society, people are often guilty of leaving their phones at home, in cabs, at a restaurant, or any one of thousands of other places. We’re thankful for these people because they’re the ones who have purchased ZOMMs and without paying customers, well…we’d be in real trouble. So, thank you!

And one more thing we’re thankful to have…

Our Fabulous Employees
We have an amazing team of talented, intelligent and fun people who have helped us make ZOMM a success. From our technology team in Seattle to our outside sales representatives and distributors to all of those in our Tulsa Headquarters, we are truly blessed to have such a great team.

This is just a snapshot of what we’re thankful for—everyday brings new blessings.

What are you thankful for this year? Share your thanksgiving blessings with us by leaving a comment below.

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Chris Pirillo Tells You How to Find Lost Gadgets

The ZOMM team was lucky enough to meet up with Chris Pirillo (also known as Lockergnome) this summer at Opencamp. Since then he’s been using a ZOMM. Now, he’s sharing his thoughts on the World’s First Wireless Leash:

  • ZOMM Loves Female Innovators

    As many know, ZOMM was invented by Laurie Penix, the mom of the Penix family. Laurie recalls being on the treadmill, watching Oprah, when a phone call from a girlfriend inspired her to look further into the idea of a wireless leash. Inspired by Laurie’s innovation, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find some of the other top mompreneurs to share with – and hopefully inspire – everyone....

  • Keep Your Children Safe – Alternate Uses for ZOMM Wireless Leash

    In light of this spring’s annual National Safe Kids Week, we wanted to share these alternate uses of our Wireless Leash. Keep reading to find out how ZOMM can keep your toddlers and teens safe…...

  • A Lot Can Happen in a Year! ZOMM 2010 Wrap-up

    2010 has come and gone! Here's ZOMM's 201 Wrap-up....

  • Latest ZOMM Happenings

    As usual, things have been super busy in the ZOMM headquarters this fall. We’ve been busy traveling to conferences like Opencamp and shows like CTIA’s Mobile Focus in order to spread the word about ZOMM....

  • ZOMM = A Mother’s Peace of Mind

    With my two girls being on their own this summer, I felt better knowing they had their ZOMMs. I knew that with a ZOMM in hand, they would drive safer by using the call notification and speakerphone feature. ...