Buggy GPS Sends Lost-Phone Searchers to One Guy in Vegas

Looking for a good time? Don’t call Wayne Dobson in Las Vegas.

Bugs in Sprint’s cell location service are sending a steady flood of people to the man’s door. Including cops responding to domestic-violence calls located by e911.

This happened before, Sprint was sued and (presumably) settled in April 2011 by a New Orleans woman with the same problem.

Interestingly enough, the sign he posted on his house claims it’s due to a cell tower being very close by. I don’t understand how that could work, but who knows.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/unlucky-las-vegas-man-besieged-lost-phone-seekers
http://www.lvrj.com/news/if-you-lose-your-cellphone-don-t-blame-wayne-dobson-186670171.html

“Wayne Dobson has had all he can take of Sprint customers showing up at his Las Vegas home to demand that he hand over the cell phone of theirs that they are mistakenly certain Dobson possesses because a GPS-based tracking application has led them to his front door. Police corroborate Dobson’s professions that he is no phone thief, in part because they, too, have mistakenly responded to the man’s address.

And Dobson is not the only one having been so hounded: Sprint has known of the problem since at least April 2011 and has been sued over its consequences by a New Orleans woman.”

” the glitch is also affecting police, who have twice been wrongly directed to his house on domestic violence calls. That has forced Dobson to post a sign on the front of his house telling people he doesn’t have their phone.

The situation is one that has puzzled experts.

“That’s crazy,” said John B. Minor, a communications expert who specializes in cellphone tracking. “This sort of thing I’ve not seen.”

The problem appears to be limited to some owners of Sprint phones. Company officials said they are researching the problem, which has forced Dobson to sleep near his front door on weekends so he can answer the door quickly at all hours.

“It’s a hell of a problem,” he said. “It would be nice to be able to get a good night’s sleep.””

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