To use a phone locator to find a lost Verizon phone, log in to your account online, and view the phone's location on a map. This feature comes with Verizon's Total Mobile Protection, which is available for iPhone and Android devices, as of April 2015.
To use Total Mobile Protection, download the application on your phone, and set up an account. This service requires a monthly fee in addition to the cost of the service plan. If the phone is lost, go to the Total Mobile Protection site, and click on "Lost, Stolen, Damaged Device? Start Here." Click "My Device Is Lost," then click on "Login and Locate Device." After logging in, you can view your phone on a map.
Total Mobile Protection has an alarm feature so you can follow the noise to find your phone. You can also lock your phone online or erase all its content.
Other applications that have a phone locator map include Find My iPhone for iPhones, Lookout and SeekDroid for Android devices, and Find My Phone for Windows Phones.
For a phone locator to work, the phone typically needs to be connected to a data network. Security features vary depending on the application. Find My iPhone allows you to send another phone number to the lost phone, which lets anyone who finds the phone call that number without accessing any data. Multiple applications allow the phone's data to be erased remotely.