If you’ve ever had a smartphone lost or stolen, then you know the special kind of grief and horror that goes along with it. Aside from the freak out of being out one expensive device or worse — sensitive, unsecured info — the loss can even spark separation anxiety. Like you lost an appendage or a loved one.

If that rings true for you, then you may want to stay out of Philly. Apparently Philadelphia, PA, is the number one American city for smartphone loss, says research from device-insurance site Protect Your Bubble. (In this case, “loss” includes theft or phone misplacement.) The next three cities, in order, are:

  • Seattle, WA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Long Beach, CA

Thankfully a stolen smartphone database is in the works, courtesy of AT&T and T-Mobile. The list not only lets users report missing devices, but also allows them to create a blacklist for their stolen phones.

For more, check out the infographic below. And then let us know — have you ever experienced a smartphone loss? How did it happen and what did you wind up doing in the face of that? Weigh in.

[Via Huffington Post]

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