Being Wayne Dobson: Sprint location service glitch points all lost area iPhones to the same house

Being Wayne Dobson: Sprint location service glitch points all lost area iPhones to the same house
It is tough to be Wayne Dobson in Las Vegas these days, or at least the place where he had resided peacefully for a number of years. Turns out that a Sprint cell phone tower triangulation glitch, or something of a similar nature, is always pointing users of the Find my iPhone feature in the area to one and the same house - Wayne Dobson's house.

Most everyone who relies on Sprint to point where their lost or eventually stolen iPhone is right now, ended up armed with Mr Dobson's address, and, we presume, a lot of anger. It began in 2011 when a couple came to his doorsteps to look for their handset, then one more person showed up, then it was a constant onslaught of people arriving with tablets and laptops, arguing that this is the address the service gave them to find their device.

It's gotten so bad, that the 59-year old retiree sleeps near his door on the weekends, knowing that people will come knocking for their gadgets, even though he put up the sign on the front wall you can see in the thumbnail image:

In this day and age of frivolous litigation and lax gun control, Sprint seems lucky that Mr Dobson doesn't strike as the litigious type.To make matters worse, the rogue cell phone tower triangulates 911 calls from this area near Wayne's house, too, so he used to end up with police on his lawn and searched before the cops realized their mistake and apologized. Wayne's world.

source: LVRJ via Gizmodo



1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Poor Mr. must have been very tough for him to be frequently asked for a lost iPhone at his house

2. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'd buy a bunch of water damaged iphones and hand them to people looking for their phones, "Sorry, yours didn't make it" LOL

3. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

He must be a nice person not to have sued sprint, even though he is in America where people use all excuses to sue others and make money. I bet some lawyers are already talking to him, encouraging him to make some money suing Sprint.

4. yousef8824

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

:) hahaha

6. big.e927

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Not funny.

5. big.e927

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Poor guy, that's bulls**t. Sprint is lucky that he's nice, or else they could face a fine and bad credibility. He's 59 too, the man is just trying to sleep and enjoy what's left of his life. Smh.

8. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Just how old do you think 59 is? He's not on his death bed, damn

7. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

"Wayne's world." Just had to fit that in huh? haha

9. JC557

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

From experience most of the people losing their phones in Vegas are either drunk, irresponsible idiots or both. The couple in the article banged on his door aroudn midnight and demanded their phone back without first contacting the authorities. A lot of these encounters sound like confrontation of the ME Generation morons so attached to their little toys. Since police have also been redirected to his home Sprint should be held liable.

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Something tells me he's definitely not a sprint customer (or maybe he is if they bought him off lol).

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