LA phone home

Los Angeles has been called the city of lost souls, but it could also be the city of lost...

Los Angeles has been called the city of lost souls, but it could also be the city of lost cell phones.

Approximately 400 cell phones a month, or 4,800 a year, are sent to Los Angeles International Airport's "lost and found" bin, according to a poll commissioned by FusionOne, which makes software that lets users back up and recover data on lost handhelds.

Other airports' lost-phone stats pale in comparison. Chicago Midway only sees 16 lost cell phones a month but has 6,000 in inventory, according to FusionOne. The Atlanta airport finds 50 phones a month.

Airport waiting areas aren't the only travel hazard. Continental Airlines finds about 4,800 left-behind phones a year on their planes, while San Francisco's Yellow Cab Cooperative finds about 60 to 70 phones in the back seat per year. Forty-three percent of mobile users have lost, damaged or had their cell phones stolen at some point, the survey found.

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