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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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