T-Mobile's Obnoxious Scream Tones Will Help You Find a Lost Phone

No, you're not hearing a pack of wolves approaching. And a train is definitely not about to barrel through your living room. You're just hearing the cry of lost phone, hiding in your couch cushions among loose change and that elusive TV remote.

With so-called "Scream Tones," T-Mobile and Lookout Security are making it a lot easier for their Android customers recover a misplaced device. If they can't find it, they can just log onto mylookout.com, locate their phone on Google Maps, then force the phone to blast a sound, loudly, for 60 seconds.

At least the noises aren't actual human screams. Think of the safety risks. Though the choices—two different sirens, beam me up, a train whistle, a wolf howl, the T-Mobile jingle—aren't exactly soothing. Granted, it's a good idea, especially if you're forgetful and don't set your phone to silent, but that doesn't mean it's not also totally annoying. [AllThingsD]

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