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Scream Tones Make It Easier to Find a Missing Phone

Now, let me think. Where did I set down my phone?

“AWWWW-ROOOO.”

Oh, there it is.

Or at least that is the experience that some phone owners can look forward to, thanks to a new service from T-Mobile and Lookout Mobile Security. The carrier and software firm are teaming up to make it easier to find a missing phone and, at the same time, to really annoy anyone nearby.

The two companies are announcing on Tuesday their support for Scream Tones — a new feature that allows phone owners to force their Android device to make a loud sound to make it easier to locate.

Customers can choose from six tones — including a siren, wolf howl, train whistle and the T-Mobile jingle — to help home in on that elusive phone or tablet.

The new service is an expansion of an existing collaboration between the two companies. T-Mobile already includes Lookout’s software on many of its phones and tablets.

Click below to hear a couple of the Scream Tone options:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik