Midmarket: Philadelphia, Seattle: Top Cities to Lose Your Smartphone

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-04-26 Print this article Print


People living in the City of Brotherly Love lose their phones twice a year, and are most likely to lose them in an auto shop, pizza place or church. Pray tell. Photo Credit: Dan Smith
Did you lose your smartphone again? If you live in Philadelphia or Seattle, you're more likely to have misplaced your mobile than if you live in Boston or New York City, according to a study by mobile security specialist Lookout. All these lost phones add up, it turns out. If unrecovered, lost phones could cost U.S. consumers more than $30 billion this year. The findings in Lookout's Mobile Lost and Found are based on anonymous phone location requests by Lookout's 15 million global users in 2011. To determine the likelihood of losing a phone in the course of a year, the report analyzed the number of location requests from Lookout users, the total number of Lookout users in each country or city, and the expected number of locations (based on the number of users in the country or city as a proportion of the entire user base). City likelihoods were also normalized by the population density of the city. So, based on where you live, what's the likelihood you'll be replacing that shiny new smartphone? Read on to find out.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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