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Infographic: Top 10 worst places to lose your cell phone

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The largest cities like New York and Los Angeles had some of the highest incidents of reported missing cell phones.

Shock. Guilt. Anger. Despair. Anyone who's ever lost their smartphone can relate to the emotions I felt on a sweltering day last summer.

I was a proud owner of an iPhone 3GS for all of six months before I realized I had left it in a taxicab. I did everything someone in that situation typically does: I tried calling it constantly, sent a barrage of text messages asking that whoever finds it to return it, called the taxicab company and checked every police precinct in the city to see if anyone had turned in an iPhone. After a week of holding on to hope that we would soon be reunited I had to accept it. Someone had my iPhone and wasn't giving it back.

As it turns out, a taxicab is officially one of the worse places to misplace your cell phone, according to Lookout, a mobile-security firm which specializes in Android smartphone protection. To illustrate the various likelihood of recovering a cell phone in locations where these sorts of accidents happen most often, the company created an infographic of the 10 most places to lose your phone and the top U.S. cities for smartphone loss or theft.

The largest cities like New York and Los Angeles had some of the highest incidents of reported missing cell phones, which isn't surprising considering the sheer number of people who reside there. But the ultimate lost cell phone vortex however is Miami, which can be seen as a credit to the city's reputation as a party capital.

One typical situation in which a lost cell phone owner stood a strong chance of a positive outcome would be at a bar or restaurant, where there was an 80% to 95% chance it would be returned. Many of the most common places where cell phones tended to get misplaced were in the vicinities of public transportation such as airports, buses and subways, airplanes and of course taxis. The likelihood of recovering a phone that was left in a cab was somewhere between 0 to 50 percent.

The infographic also includes tips on what to do improve your chances of recovery, so check it out on the MyLookout blog

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Tuan Nguyen

Contributing Editor

Contributing Editor Tuan C. Nguyen is a freelance science journalist based in New York City. He has written for the U.S. News and World Report, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News, AOL, Yahoo! News and LiveScience. Formerly, he was reporter and producer for the technology section of ABCNews.com. He holds degrees from the University of California Los Angeles and the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure