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Lost Phone

Lost Phone

Date: Feb 29 2008

Themes: Friend, Tech


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Mobile phones and other portable devices make our lives easier. Remember when you used to have to wait at home if you were expecting a call?

But sometimes we depend too much on our gadgets. For instance, where do you store your phone numbers? Do you have a little book where you write them down? Most people keep phone numbers stored in their mobile phone. It’s handy because you can call someone without looking at a piece of paper or entering all the numbers.

But it’s not so handy if you lose your phone. Then, even when you get a new phone, you don’t have any numbers! So you have to go around and ask all your friends for their phone numbers again. Listen to Jason do just that.


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Jason:  Wait, before I forget, can I get your number…again?

Marni:  Yeah, what…I mean, didn’t I just give it to you?

Jason:  I mean, I’ve had it but I lost my phone and I had to get a new phone…

Marni:  You lost your phone again?

Jason:  Yeah, yeah.

Marni:  Oh my God.

Jason:  Yeah, but the worst part about it is I have phone insurance so I get a new phone for pretty cheap, but I have to get all the phone numbers again from everyone I know and, I don’t know, it’s kind of interesting.

Marni:  We don’t commit telephone numbers to memory anymore. I used to have a file of numbers…

Jason:  Totally. I still have my first girlfriend’s phone number memorized from like 9th grade, but I had get all new phone numbers for everyone I call nowadays. It’s an interesting social experiment to not have any numbers and just see who calls me.

Marni:  There you go. Those are your true friends.

Jason:  It makes me seem like a real loner, like a cowboy who just doesn’t need anyone because I’m not reaching out.

Marni:  OK. Sure. I hear ya. Well, um, yeah, I’ll give you my number and hopefully you won’t lose this one.

Jason:  Yeah, and you should back up your numbers because that’s what I’m doing now.

Marni:  Oh, good idea. Yeah, see, never done that.



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Marni is a little confused when Jason asks her for her phone number because she thought he already had it. But it turns out Jason lost his phone, and it doesn’t sound like it’s the first time this has happened.

In fact, Jason looses his phone so often that he got insurance on it this time so it wouldn’t cost him very much to get a new phone. The only problem is that his new phone doesn’t have any phone numbers in it! So he has to start from scratch collecting all of his friends’ phone numbers again.

Jason says it’s kind of interesting to see who calls you when you don’t have anyone’s number. He hopes that not calling anyone makes him seem cool and that everyone will assume he’s just too busy to call. But it can get kind of lonely when you can’t call your friends. If you have Jason’s number, give him call so that he’ll have your number again!
Image: The location of Jason’s old phone.



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Sally Turquoise

United Kingdom

Having the numbers of your friends memorized on a file is a great idea.. I’ve never done that before, but when I lost my phone I really suffered because I used to rely on the memory of my phone.. But now whenever I save a new number, I back it up so that in case I lose my phone, I won’t be obliged to ask the others to give me their numbers all over again.

12:40 PM Feb 12 2014 |




i lost 3 cell phones . they were all stolen by thieves on bus .

i remembered that once i cried very very sadly. cos some very important info for me were gone . like bf’s pics and SMS , some of which were saved for few years .  so i hate thieves . 

11:26 AM Jan 07 2014 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I like it.Thanks

09:41 PM Sep 14 2013 |

emaa sha

emaa sha

Saudi Arabia

good lesson

04:09 AM Dec 04 2012 |

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Hong Kong


09:44 AM Sep 23 2012 |



Serbia and Montenegro

I keep my phone very close to me, usually in my pocket. And everywhere I go, I check to see if it's where it should be… So I've never lost my phone, or even broken it… :)

01:57 PM Apr 22 2011 |

♥ Øcean PuLse ♥


great idea . .
many numbers of friends ! but they r present at the time of a need only ,.
thanx nice lesson

03:24 AM Apr 14 2011 |

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Ali Imran

Ali Imran


I didn't knew that there was an insurance for a phone.

03:05 AM Apr 14 2011 |




my phone is like my second wife.. i won't forget my wife same like my phone..

so be carefull on your phone while you are going out….



08:43 PM Sep 15 2010 |

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Russian Federation

Hey! unfortunate  for me it is very actual topic. recently i lost my phone(((( it was whole world for me, i lost so photo and number(((((Be carefull and dont lost your gadgets.

04:09 PM Jan 06 2010 |

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i've never lost my phone,but my phone often broken and the tel number lost always

05:06 AM Feb 17 2009 |



Saudi Arabia


02:42 AM Feb 17 2009 |



United States

yeah it sucks pretty much when ya need to hook up wid'jall peeps like real bad but  cant hook up wid'ja peeps coz u cant f$king call them coz ya lost ya f&king phone…..it grinds me pretty much

11:52 PM Feb 16 2009 |


United States

  1. when we are  lost  our phone ,we will lost our friends information

01:11 PM Mar 14 2008 |




lost phone ,not a good thing ,i think we shoud memorize the numbers in another place.but i want to know:Istill have my first girlfriend’s phone number memorized from like 9th grade..what is 9th grade ? is there anyone tell me

01:27 AM Mar 10 2008 |


Viet Nam

Thank you for reminding me back up my numbers. This is a good lesson.

08:52 AM Mar 06 2008 |





08:45 AM Mar 06 2008 |




i have ever lost phone ,its so bad

05:53 AM Mar 06 2008 |




well, i am so luck that i haven't lost any phone before.But once i sent short message to my good friend ,she just treat me as a stranger .and after several messagers ,i know she had lost her phone and although she didn't changed her number ,she lost all of her friends' numbers .so she didn't know who i am .then i know why she kept not calling me and conecting me for such a long time…so losing a phone is really a terriable thing, you can't connect with your friends while they can think you don't remember them anymore.

The other time ,i was going out for a walk without my phone ,then i just want to find a friend with me ,but there's no memory in my mind, i can't get anyone of them ,it is really a said thing when you want to speak to someone but just can find him or her.

so i think it's better to back up your numbers in a place you think it is useful and memoriable for you .only in that way ,can we do something better and easier in our life.

last but not the least ,take care of our phones!!!

03:42 AM Mar 06 2008 |



i can't absolutely stay without my phone…....indeed


07:10 PM Mar 05 2008 |

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