1. wolf1891's Avatar
    ....so, I stopped by the grocery store on the way home from work today to pick up a few items (nothing critical but, it was along the way so I figured it was easy enough to run in, grab the stuff, and still be home earlier than usual). And, as per my usual routine, upon entering the store and grabbing a cart I brought up my grocery list in OneNote and began zipping through the aisles... Once everything I needed (and a few things I didn't need) was in the cart I headed for the checkout, pocketing the phone in the process as it was no longer needed. Paid the bill and headed for the lot. Tossed the bags in the back seat, jumped in and took off for home. And... as I'm pulling out of the lot I happen to look over at the center console where there is a DVP sized indentation which my phone ALWAYS sits in whenever I'm in the truck. I find myself wondering why my phone is not in it's usual spot. So, I pull over and look to see if it's still in my pocket... nope. Did it fall onto the passenger seat? Nope. On the floor somewhere? Nope... Now I'm getting nervous. Jump out and check the bags in the back seat (and all around the back seat area). Still nothing... Panic mode begins to settle in... Burn rubber back into the lot and run into the store asking any and every employee I can find if they have seen a cell phone anywhere or if anyone has turned one in... nothing. Okay so I would like to take this moment to express my sincere appreciation to the entire staff of the Jewel Foods grocery store in LaGrange Park, IL. Every employee who heard what was happening went way above and beyond to try and help me out. The manager walked me through my route through the store, employees searched the shelves in every section I had been through, they closed that register aisle for a few minutes to thoroughly check all around that area. The cart retrieval people went out into the lot and looked from the door to where I was parked and checked under every car along the way. One nice lady came with me to the truck to help me search through the grocery bags one more time. But, in the end, we found nothing so... they took my name and number and promised to call if anything turned up and, I went home to fire up the computer and give the locate phone feature in Windows Live a try for the first time.

    Brought my groceries into the house while waiting for the pc to get started up. Checked the bags yet again... still nothing. Fired up IE and brought up the locate page, clicked for it to map the phone's location...

    ...

    ...

    ...and was stunned to see that it was showing my phone as being at the same location as me. Hit the button to ring the phone for a minute and ran outside to the truck. Opened the doors and, there it was, a faint ringing coming from deep under the back seat, behind the jack, behind some bundles of straps and bungee cords that have been there for months. I have no idea how the darned thing managed to bury itself that deeply that quickly but, it did. And, thanks to the nifty locate and remote ring features that MS built into this O/S, I was able to find my beloved DVP and stop stressing over how much of a pain it was going to be to replace it.

    My first call was to the grocery store to tell them that I had found the phone, that I was just an ***** who lost his phone in his own vehicle, but that I was very appreciative of all of their efforts on my behalf.

    Oh, and before anyone asks why I didn't just have someone call the phone while we were searching for it at the store. I will note that when I'm at work I have the ringer turned off and I generally forget to turn it back on when I leave the office so, calling it would have done me no good at all (the "find my phone" page gives you the ability to ring the phone for a full minute even if the phone was set to silent).

    Well, that's my little WP7 adventure for this week and, I sincerely hope to never go through this again.
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    07-18-2011 07:52 PM
  2. Dave Blake's Avatar
    Nice... Good story

    Dave
    07-18-2011 08:04 PM
  3. justop26's Avatar
    Great to see you gave the feature a fire drill and it worked. Now you know it's dependable :)
    07-18-2011 09:17 PM
  4. enahs555's Avatar
    I am in Lombard, IL right now. Moved up here from the south recently (leaving soon). I was very happy to find Q's BBQ in LaGrange! The ribs are not my style, but its very decent BBQ overall. Really love the area.

    Glad you found it with the find phone feature!


    Check out my app while in the grocery store, Grocery Total! FYI :)
    07-18-2011 09:35 PM
  5. wolf1891's Avatar
    I am in Lombard, IL right now. Moved up here from the south recently (leaving soon). I was very happy to find Q's BBQ in LaGrange! The ribs are not my style, but its very decent BBQ overall. Really love the area.

    Glad you found it with the find phone feature!


    Check out my app while in the grocery store, Grocery Total! FYI :)
    some friends of mine recently introduced me to Q's a few weeks ago... I am now a BIG fan of their brisket and the pulled pork (not a ribs guy personally, otherwise I would have an opinion on those as well).

    oh, and thanks for suggesting the app. Looks like that could be a handy lil app to have on hand!
    07-18-2011 09:42 PM
  6. enahs555's Avatar
    Their Mac & Cheese is pretty darn tasty too! Its like a cross between "box" mac & cheese and home baked mac & cheese, and works really well.

    And I have never had a BBQ place serve hush-puppies, but it goes darn well!

    Sorry about hijacking thread guys, but, I mean, come on...BBQ!
    07-18-2011 09:50 PM
  7. Winterfang's Avatar
    Great Story TC. Will make me sleep soundly tonight =)
    07-18-2011 10:27 PM
  8. KingCrimson's Avatar
    Great story!
    07-18-2011 11:10 PM
  9. wolf1891's Avatar
    Their Mac & Cheese is pretty darn tasty too! Its like a cross between "box" mac & cheese and home baked mac & cheese, and works really well.

    And I have never had a BBQ place serve hush-puppies, but it goes darn well!

    Sorry about hijacking thread guys, but, I mean, come on...BBQ!
    heh... never apologize for a BBQ-related thread hijack! =)
    07-19-2011 09:05 AM
  10. CoopII's Avatar
    Have a similar story but a less happy ending. My Fiance was shopping with her son at a local store. Her son saved up his money because he wanted gasp an IPod touch. So needless to the say when they got home they noticed he no longer had it. He is ten years old BTW. So they drove back to the store and looked and the people there were very helpful as well.

    So upon getting home a second time they fired up the Apple locate my phone/IPod on wi-fi feature. Sure enough there was his Touch the people who had it had already added it to their wireless network. So she sent a remote lock and screen msg to Alert them who to call and reward for returning it.

    But nothing the phone went off the grid and hasn’t been back on since. Not sure how hard it is to re flash a touch after the remote lock but some people are just so dishonest I would turn in someone’s found phone and in fact found a nice phone on the side of the road once and called the last number dialed to ask if they know who this phone belongs to so I could return it.

    Others see it as a free gift I guess. I guess Lesson learned for our little one in all of this.
    07-19-2011 09:38 AM
  11. enahs555's Avatar
    I have found dozens of cellphones over my life span.

    I always go through the phonebook and look for a "mom" or "dad" entry and call them, tell em I found the number and to tell their child to either call their phone or where to pick it up from, etc.


    I once lost my wallet, I know later where and how it fell out of my pocket. But ever since then, whenever I stand up I check my pockets for everything. Even at home. Just a habit now.
    07-19-2011 09:53 AM
  12. Jazmac's Avatar
    I lost a phone once, and I was just reliving the panic attack I had reading your story. I never found my phone but I'm happy you found yours. Thanks for sharing your story.
    07-19-2011 11:18 AM
  13. Winterfang's Avatar
    Have a similar story but a less happy ending. My Fiance was shopping with her son at a local store. Her son saved up his money because he wanted gasp an IPod touch. So needless to the say when they got home they noticed he no longer had it. He is ten years old BTW. So they drove back to the store and looked and the people there were very helpful as well.

    So upon getting home a second time they fired up the Apple locate my phone/IPod on wi-fi feature. Sure enough there was his Touch the people who had it had already added it to their wireless network. So she sent a remote lock and screen msg to Alert them who to call and reward for returning it.

    But nothing the phone went off the grid and hasnt been back on since. Not sure how hard it is to re flash a touch after the remote lock but some people are just so dishonest I would turn in someones found phone and in fact found a nice phone on the side of the road once and called the last number dialed to ask if they know who this phone belongs to so I could return it.

    Others see it as a free gift I guess. I guess Lesson learned for our little one in all of this.

    Aww man, People go to my work asking if I know where to unlock phones they just found on the street. I mean, what the ****? =/. Though If I find an Galaxy S 2 running Windows Phone it would be hard to fight the urges.
    07-19-2011 03:22 PM
  14. tiny's Avatar
    I know it is of little use to you now, but when Mango comes out, it has a feature built in to be able to locate you phone, among other things. All you have to do is go to a website, enter your liveID, password, and then from there it is simple.

    But until mango comes out - I guess people in this situation are SOL. :-/
    07-19-2011 05:22 PM
  15. jabtano's Avatar
    Awesome glad that you really had it all the time. and really happy to see that find my phone works as good as they say...
    07-19-2011 05:31 PM
  16. hardrock1a's Avatar
    What? Every Windows Phone since launch has had this enabled. I've played with it with my No-Do Trophy. Not sure if you are talking about something different, but what you described is what is avail now.
    07-19-2011 05:33 PM
  17. wolf1891's Avatar
    I know it is of little use to you now, but when Mango comes out, it has a feature built in to be able to locate you phone, among other things. All you have to do is go to a website, enter your liveID, password, and then from there it is simple.

    But until mango comes out - I guess people in this situation are SOL. :-/
    ummm... I think you are describing what I DID to find where my phone was hiding and, I do NOT have mango on this critter yet.
    07-19-2011 06:02 PM
  18. mart280's Avatar
    I know it is of little use to you now, but when Mango comes out, it has a feature built in to be able to locate you phone, among other things. All you have to do is go to a website, enter your liveID, password, and then from there it is simple.

    But until mango comes out - I guess people in this situation are SOL. :-/
    lol someone didnt read the thread :D I havent lost my phone but have played about with the find my phone features on windows live, its nice to know they are there if needed.
    07-20-2011 04:47 AM
  19. rpm5101's Avatar
    I know it is of little use to you now, but when Mango comes out, it has a feature built in to be able to locate you phone, among other things. All you have to do is go to a website, enter your liveID, password, and then from there it is simple.

    But until mango comes out - I guess people in this situation are SOL. :-/
    All WP7 phones have that, and have had it since launch...

    ;)
    07-20-2011 08:22 AM
  20. danwanna's Avatar
    I have found dozens of cellphones over my life span.

    I always go through the phonebook and look for a "mom" or "dad" entry and call them, tell em I found the number and to tell their child to either call their phone or where to pick it up from, etc.


    I once lost my wallet, I know later where and how it fell out of my pocket. But ever since then, whenever I stand up I check my pockets for everything. Even at home. Just a habit now.
    I am a compulsive self-frisker as well... Glad to know I'm not the only one!
    07-20-2011 09:48 AM
  21. wolf1891's Avatar
    I am a compulsive self-frisker as well... Glad to know I'm not the only one!
    heh... okay, that just sounds wrong...


    but, being an absent-minded goof who routinely leaves the door to the house swinging open and the car keys in the freezer I will admit to being another frisker as well.

    checklist for leaving for work in the morning... keys, check. phone, check. house closed up and/or everything turned off, check. lunch in hand, check. keys, check, phone, check. house closed up and/or everything turned off, check. lunch in hand, check. (lather, rinse, repeat as needed till it finally sinks in that I'm okay to go).

    Then, after all that, I'm in the car and pulling out of the driveway and I catch myself wondering if I left the fridge door open. I'm hopeless. :-p
    07-20-2011 12:32 PM
  22. tiny's Avatar
    ummm... I think you are describing what I DID to find where my phone was hiding and, I do NOT have mango on this critter yet.
    Haha - I read the title and skimmed a few words. Good to hear that it all worked out for you.


    Also, I didn't know that the website to find you phone had been live this whole time. I always thought it was something introduced with Mango. Wow - missed the boat on that one!
    07-20-2011 02:57 PM
  23. wolf1891's Avatar
    Haha - I read the title and skimmed a few words. Good to hear that it all worked out for you.


    Also, I didn't know that the website to find you phone had been live this whole time. I always thought it was something introduced with Mango. Wow - missed the boat on that one!
    Thanks for coming back and clearing that up. Looks like you had a few ppl wondering just what post you were reading there.

    I'd heard about the find your phone feature back when I first got my DVP but, never really thought about it beyond an initial "that's neat!", and had never gone to that page on my Live account so it was a very new experience for me to try it out and find that it is easy to use, and it works REALLY WELL. (am also very glad that I even remembered it after I'd been panicking for about 30 or so minutes that fateful day)
    07-21-2011 07:34 AM
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