Cellphone and Smartphone Forensics

Our cell phone forensic experts specialize in retrieving the data you need from cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, and other mobile devices. Our methods are forensically sound, meaning we work in a manner that ensures the data we retrieve for you is court-admissible.

In the past, mobile phone forensics primarily recovered SMS and MMS messaging, call logs, contact lists, and phone IMEI/ESN information. However, the newer generations of smartphones include a broader range of information generated by web browsing, wireless network settings, geolocation (which includes geotags that exist within image metadata), and email, as well as data kept in apps, such as posts on social media sites and contact lists.

CFK has all the latest tools and techniques for collecting and forensically preserving these types of critical data from cellular phones, smartphones, PDAs, GPS units, and other types of mobile devices. Regardless of the type or age of the device, we can collect data from virtually any kind of smartphone in use today. That includes all the most popular manufacturers, such as Apple, Android, BlackBerry/RIM, LG, Samsung, Nokia, and many other smartphone, cell phone, and tablet manufacturers. What’s more, we can retrieve data from older generations of smartphones and mobile devices.
We can recover mobile phone evidence from a variety of different sources, including:

    Handset memory such as NAND or NOR types commonly used in today’s mobile devices.
    Attached (external) memory cards such as SIM cards, SD cards (often found within GPS devices as well as mobile phones), MMC cards, CF cards, and the Memory Stick.
    Service provider logs. We can assist with obtaining call detail records (and occasionally text messages) from wireless carriers to use as “backup” evidence. More of a supplementary service to mobile device forensics, this information is particularly helpful if the phone’s call history or text messages have been deleted, or when location-based services aren’t available on the handset itself.

Examples of the kinds of data we can recover include: