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Coachella 2012: A Bermuda Triangle for cellphones, study says

April 19, 2012|By Deborah Netburn
  • Coachella attendees, hang on to your phones.
Coachella attendees, hang on to your phones. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles…)

Lost your phone at Coachella? You are not alone.

A new study from mobile security company Lookout said there was a 37% spike in the number of people who were searching for a lost phone on the festival grounds and in nearby neighborhoods.

What a surprise.

A spokeswoman for Lookout said the increase was calculated based on phone locates from Lookout's users in the area surrounding the Coachella venue during last weekend's festival. The company mapped its anonymized data with Foursquare's API and compared the findings with the number of locates happening in the area when Coachella isn't in town.

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She did not offer any additional information on what may have led to the increase in lost phones, but we have a few ideas.

After all, even if the people who attended the festival were not spending hours in the blistering sun, running around to catch all their favorite bands, dancing, drinking, and doing drugs -- the simple influx of people into the town of Indio would up the number of people who could report lost phones.

We know that losing your phone is costly, time consuming, expensive and can possibly result in a loss of privacy.

However, if we lost our phone at Coachella last weekend, we'd be most annoyed about not being able to take video of holographic Tupac rapping alongside headliners Snoop Dogg and Dre.


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