I still had to set up my icons as I wanted them but it was pretty painless. Lessons learned from this fiasco:
- Password protect your phone so they can’t even get into it from the start.
- Put a tracking program on your phone that can remotely lock and wipe.
- As soon as you know it is lost or stolen, use the lock feature so they can’t do anything with it.
- Backup your data often, especially pictures that are on the SDE card.
- Call your provider as soon as you have done the remote lock and suspend your account. This way if they do try to sell it, it cannot be activated.
- Get insurance. It cost me a lot less to just pay the deductable instead of shelling out the cost of a new phone.
These tips can work even if you damage the phone. If you don’t have a SmartPhone, you can still back up your data such as pictures and contacts. Your provider will probably have a service that allows you to back up your contacts. Verizon has Backup Assistant which works really well. I know from my son’s phone which had to be replaced several times. He is a skater and destroyed three phones – insurance only covered the first two. But without the backup program all of his contacts would have been lost. In addition, I was able to go in and see his contacts, which as a parent of a teen is important.