Fun with Stolen/Lost Phones..

Robert Michel openmoko at
Tue Dec 12 19:15:26 CET 2006

Salve Richard!

On Tue, 12 Dec 2006, Richard Franks wrote:

> If the speaker can produce 17.4kHz then it could be sufficiently
> annoying to any potential 'teenage hooligan' running off with your
> phone.

Because it has AGPS it could transmitt the location where it is
to your server or just with text to speach to the police.
The thief wouldn't see this data transmission. You could switch
the mic on and record this on your server as well. Do copy all
his use of the phone, all information of the SIM-Card (adressbook,
saved SMS) , all incomming or outgoing calls and SMS....
A pity that the Neo1973 has no camera.... but AGPS worth more than
a cam, I think.

Use such a Buzz only when the police/you are very close to the
stolen Neo1973.

> Add in some remote-access features, such as lock-down, sync/wipe local
> data, gps/voice recording+uploading.. if everything worked together,
> you could get enough info, then print a message on the screen:
> "Thank you for borrowing my phone, there is a McDonalds approx 100m
> north of your current location.. leave it on a table there and I will
> not prosecute. Your voice and locations have been recorded and
> uploaded to the internet (see map of your travels below). This means
> that destroying this phone, although fun, will not make it harder to
> identify you. [i agree] [i disagree]"


> Upon choosing the latter option, the poor thief would be berated by
> whatever messages you like through the speaker:
> * I think the Government is Hip!
> * Help! I'm being stolen by a silly person!
> * I wish to be stolen by someone less inept!
> etc, etc
> I guess the first stage of lockdown would be cutting off all private
> data access, whilst tracking and recording take place.. so that any
> outgoing calls could also be monitored and recorded. It would be very
> nice to do this monitoring from a web-interface too..


And of couse it would be nice to have vserver, encrypted filesystems 
or other solutions on it to protect your data on the phone/SD-Card
to be read by others.

I'm shure with a little programming we will have solutions for every
Neo1973 owner, that makes it not funny to steal a Neo1973.
(oh we should make this features not to populare to non-Neo1973-owner)


PS: what about a condensator to make the phone buzz for 3 minutes
    longer then the battery was removed?

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