Internet Travel Monitor - Marketing, Research & TechAs Americans get ready to embark on Spring Break, the last thing they may be thinking of is whether their phone will return home with them. Global tech care company Asurion has the research-backed tips to help travelers boost their chances of having a lost device returned, avoid expensive roaming fees, and tips for how to mitigate the risks of traveling with tech.
March 13, 2019
Lose Your Phone on Spring Break?
You're Three Times More Likely to Get Your Device Returned with This One Tip
Global Tech Care Company Asurion Shares Insights from 'Lost' Phone Experiment,
Plus Tech Travel Tips for Saving Money and More
Understanding that the sun, sand and surf of vacation is a prime time for losing track of your phone, Asurion conducted an experiment and "lost" smartphones in three major cities across the U.S. to test the likelihood of them being returned. The result: Locked phones featuring a contact number on the device's lock screen were three times more likely to be returned to their owners.
Seventy-one percent of Americans lock their smartphones with passcode, fingerprint or facial recognition protection. However, less than 1 in 4 say their screens are password protected with contact information featured on the screen, according to a 2018 Asurion survey.
"Adding an image on your phone's locked screen that includes an 'if lost' contact number or email address makes it easier for someone to return it to you," said Bettie Colombo, Asurion spokesperson. "Whether you're traveling for Spring Break or for any upcoming trip, our data shows this simple trick will greatly increase your chances of getting your phone back if you misplace it."
Device Travel Tips from Tech Experts
In addition to keeping your tech safe, Asurion, which provides device protection and tech help services to millions of wireless customers, regularly devises the latest tech tips to help minimize the pain points associated with travel. Asurion tech experts tell us the tips they swear by when making Spring Break and other vacation plans:
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