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Skype Rescues Missing Cell Phones
Ed Kohler
One downside of being a cell phone only household (no land line) is losing your phone means you have no phone. And, unlike cordless phones, there is no docking station you can press a button on to locate the darn thing when you lose it.

This problem is fresh in my mind after losing my cell phone at home this morning. Surprisingly, no one was calling or texting me for once, so my phone maintained quietly hidden somewhere in the house. When my wife is home in situations like this, we simply call each other to get our phones to out themselves in their hiding spots, but that wasn't an option today.

Skype to the rescue: I simply clicked "Call Ordinary Phones" dialed my cell phone's number, then listened intently for the buzz of my phone in its hiding place. Sure enough, it worked.

And where was it? It was . . . um . . . well . . . on the table . . . behind my laptop's monitor.


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1. Posted by: Cariann on January 31, 2007 2:04 PM:

Ha, ha, ha!! We have that happen at home too. Really anoying! Not to mention that my phone and Ben's look so much alike that we sometimes grab the wrong one... not fun. Oh wel. But, I like your Skype solution. I don't know that I would have thought of that.

2. Posted by: Jim Courtney on February 2, 2007 9:43 PM:

One night in Menlo Park, CA I was returning to my rental car in one of those municipal parking lots behind the El Camino Real stores; It was particularly dark. As I approached my car, I found the owner of the neighbouring car crawling around on the ground looking under his car for his cell phone. It was just too dark and nobody driving around with their headlights on. So I asked for his number and called it via my Toronto-based cell phone (so it was a Roaming call). Next thing we know there's this light flashing well under the car as his phone's display lit up. Problem solved; just involved a call routing from Menlo Park to Toronto and back.

3. Posted by: aaron on February 2, 2007 11:37 PM:

yes it truely the future now, no flying cars though, but skype though. imagine how undeveloped the world was when no skype existed. I LOVE SKYPE BECUASE I CAN CALL MY AMIGOS IN MEXICO FOR SUPPER CHEAP

4. Posted by: Everything on February 7, 2007 8:57 PM:

I like your Skype solution ,too.

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