Unlucky homeowner caught in cellphone mix-up
For years, Sprint users tracking their lost phones have come banging on the door of a North Las Vegas retiree.
The 59-year-old, who lives in North Las Vegas, is the victim of a weird Sprint (S) glitch that for years has sent people to his house when they use location tracking to find their lost phones.
Normally, it can be pretty useful to track a missing phone from your computer or tablet. You can often use mapping software that shows exactly where the phone ended up.
But in Las Vegas, some tracking systems mysteriously direct people to Dobson's home. And it gets worse: Police tracking the locations of those making 911 calls from cellphones have arrived at Dobson's home as well.
Here are some of the incidents Dobson has had to deal with, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
- Four men knocked on his door at 2:30 a.m., screaming about their lost phone. The phone's owner showed Dobson a tablet computer, which said the phone was at the house.
- The police searched the outside of his home with a flashlight at 4 a.m., responding to a 911 call from a woman who was arguing with someone. Dobson was taken outside and searched.
- A young couple knocked on his door at midnight asking for their phone back.
- A woman approached the house and demanded her phone back, saying she couldn't replace the photos of her grandchildren on the device.
Experts consulted on the issue told the newspaper the problem is probably at Sprint's switchboard, where the software may be incorrectly replacing coordinates with ones corresponding to Dobson's house.
For his part, Dobson is now sleeping near his front door so he can quickly answer when screaming people pound on it.
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