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Discussion in 'Gadgets / Electronics / Laptops' started by Bala, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. asimpleson

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    Very true vj_v1, the world has chosen to ignore a lot of things and bought into this craze called Android or any modern multitasking OS which itself is vulnerable for so many active exploits. All I am saying here is that if such vulnerabilities are brought to notice, people can at-least opt for the perceived safer options compelling companies to change course and not take such notorious actions. Should one be glad that such companies are exposed or turn a Nelson's eye to such things is individual choice.

    If you are made aware of wrongful practices certainly there is enough tangible reason to be wary of such stuff and malpractices. Of course smart decisions and choices can be made without being paranoid about such stuff. This is not a merely an usual software trick employed by a software hack or malicious code. This is something forced in a rather permanent manner for tracking purposes, and unlawful data collection. This kind of tech is employed for high security or espionage or in military applications.

    Ever read about Stuxnet, similar tech different application :D

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    An interesting question here, would you buy a software you know is ridden as with trojan code. Why would you buy a hardware also designed to communicate without any real value addition and potential to cause more harm than good... ?
  2. Bala

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    Yes,even I have wondered as to why it is so difficult to sign out of google,have to resort to even a factory reset.
    About xiaomi,you have to give it to the company,it's mobile gets sold out in 5 seconds(even an American company Motorola could not acheive that feat inspite of being equally cheap)with no advertisement at all inspite of having a very few service centres and limitations in having a non removable battery and non expandable storage and being too big for its screen size.The company will have to address the tracking issue,people still store their bank pin codes.
    About the disappeared Malaysian aircraft,I only remember the last read conspiracy theory,carried nuclear weapons and hence was discovered and escorted by jets of the all powerful nation to an island military base near Mauritius (was spotted by the people there')

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    The South Koreans had trumped the Japanese in Techspace,now it's the turn of Chinese to occupy the space.
    When will a huge country like India occupy that space,concentrating on hardware after being dominant in software for more than a decade?
  3. asimpleson

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    @Bala, one article online mentioned in detail that this was all a stunt and there wasn't that many cells sold as was suggested. Matter of fact, it's not hard to believe that since Moto E or Lava 406Q was highlighted much before the sale, the same cannot be said for Xiaomi which wasn't too prominently launched all over India or online. I am not anti-Xiaomi, it's just as good as Gionee etc. A better chinese brand BTW is Ainol, but again software issues or security cannot be guaranteed on these.

    Indian manufacturing has too many hardships and hurdles yet. The government should seed fund projects and call private players to build 5th gen fighters and passenger jet engines etc. and achieve this in shortest time to make India more prominent and progressive looking to encourage more investment in manufacturing. Software development wise also there can be a shift in power some day before we realize it's too late.

    OT: Yes Bala, most wild theory to date on missing plane on the nuclear thing. Maybe real 007 might have been summoned already. ::D
  4. ghodlur

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    Experts,

    I lost my Samsung Galaxy Grand phone few hrs back. Dont know wether it was flinched or fell down, was travelling in local train. I called up Airtel to lock and shut the SIM. Before that made lot of calls to the phone but no one answered. I dont remember activating the SIM change alert either. So I guess I will have to live with the loss. Is there any way to trace the phone with the help of IMEI number? I was told that I will have to lodge an FIR for the phone to be traced using IMEI number, is that true? My office colleague had similarly lost his cell phone and had lodged a FIR 8 months back and till date no luck with getting the phone back.

    Mods: If a seperate thread exists to discuss the issue, pls move the post accordingly. Thanks in advance.
  5. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    You can request Airtel if they can help tracing your phone with help of IMEI no. Atleast they can disable your phone, so no one else can use it.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
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  6. asimpleson

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    You need to file complaint with local police. I had similar problem long back and filed it online with Mumbai police, see which jurisdiction applies. Do file complaint, so that you are in clear if it is misused in future for criminal intents. Once in a while they call you from local police station and ask you to confirm the complaint and still want to pursue this search. They never searched for my phone and the local constable in-charge of these phone thefts complaints asked me to let it go since the phone was not too expensive, as in like a 20-30k phone.. :x :eek:.

    Still I am glad, to have filed the complaint. ::D
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  7. Bala

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    Is there any app to increase the 2g speed to 3g:)?
    I did Google and the procedure I found was too complicated.
  8. asimpleson

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    You can try that but it's most probably bogus. The speeds are restricted by hardware employed to communicate. Unless it means a software that hacks into 3G on a 2G plan.

    What is best is to try using CDMA technology for internet. Inherently I have found them to be better for internet communication. I think they use 2.5G or 2.75G technique GPRS and EDGE.
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  9. snck

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    Badluck:(. You need to file an FIR and that will ensure that you will not be blamed if your phone is used for any illegal activity as asimpleson mentioned. Irrespective of your phone is traced back or not.

    I am not sure if service providers will do it without request from Police. Also, I guess Airtel will be able to do anything, only if the Phone is used within Airtel network for which there is no guarantee.

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    CDMA and GSM are two different streams in mobile communications. Though we normally call GSM as 2G and WCDMA as 3G, CDMA also has the parallel 2G and 3G streams. GPRS is an extension of GSM to provide packet switched data. EDGE is a further evolution in this stream and these are not related to CDMA.
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  10. ghodlur

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    Airtel customer care started their parroty talk when I mentioned about helping me trace the phone. I got the SIM disabled and locked within 2 hrs from losing the phone. Could have done it earlier but was under false belief that the finder might have a change of heart and call me. But alas I live in a real world.

    Aseem, snck,
    Did register a complaint with the local police station. Initially they were hesitant in registering the complaint saying the loss of phone, was in different jurisdiction but later filed it in their station since they felt I was with good back ground. I got a letter from them regarding the complaint which I will use to buy another SIM. The IMEI number tracing would commence once the complaint is lodged with the main office where fortunately things are computerized. Fingers crossed now. Will start looking for mobile options now.

    This was my first visit to Police station to file any sort of complaint. The premises looked so depressing, the walls had lost the paint, there was water leakage signs, an old fan whirring around, files all around the place, few thugish looking cops along with some criminals in one place. Yeow. No wonder people dont want to go to Police station to file any complaint.
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