'My iPhone's Been Stolen!'

Because it was important to move on, and not risk the thieves getting access to whatever I had on my beloved smartphone, I ordered its memory remotely wiped and then promptly suspended the network service. This disabled the tracking ability and rendered the phone lost forever.

Since I'm not eligible for an AT&T upgrade for another year, I had to pay full retail price -- $599 -- for my replacement iPhone, a gleaming new 4.0 with 16 gigabytes of memory.

At the moment, I'm looking into filing a claim with my renter's insurance, especially since the phone was taken from my apartment building. But I'm prepared to write it off as a learning experience if necessary.

For what it's worth, I do appreciate knowing for certain that I was a victim of theft. As draining and expensive as this experience has been, hours of couch-cushion-tossing and self-flagellation over where I may have left the phone -- (Did I really look everywhere? Maybe someone's returned it today!) -- never had to manifest themselves.

Once I saw that blue dot moving on the screen, I knew.

The author is a radio correspondent for ABC News.

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