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Find My iPhone Used to Chase Down Stolen iPhone

Find My iPhone Used to Chase Down Stolen iPhone

Posted June 22, 2009 at 1:27pm by iClarified
Kevin Miller managed to use Find My iPhone, a laptop, and a mobile Internet connection to track down his stolen iPhone.

I raced back into the bar, not even particularly concerned, but it was gone like baby. In less than five minutes, with very few people in the small place, my beloved JesusPhone had managed to vanish into a black hole. Our waitress was sympathetic, and I left a number, but I was immediately glum about my prospects of seeing it again.

So I felt like about zero cents, but then we giddily realized that I had *just* activated the brand-new Find My iPhone service. Even better, Mark had a Sprint (yes, Sprint) USB dongle giving him Internet access over 3G on his MacBook Pro. Excited to try it out, we hopped onto and clicked the Find My iPhone link.

To learn how to use Find My iPhone to protect your device you can read/watch this tutorial.

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Tony - June 22, 2009 at 4:31pm
Now that the thieves know about this tracking feature they will probably just turn the phone off to avoid being tracked and then reinstall the OS when they get home.
Tony - June 22, 2009 at 5:26pm
The only fool proof way Apple could do this is: 1. Have Mobile Me be able to send a LOCK DOWN command so that the thief can not power down the phone. This provides tracking time and the ability to send the alarm command (Or a call to the phone) once the tracker is in the vicinity. 2. The LOCK DOWN command should also turn the phone's volume to maximum so that the thief is not able to silence the alarm or ringer. Initiating the alarm command (Or calling the phone) is critical to locate the thief since there could be more than one person in the location that the GPS has indicated. 3. The ability to log into Mobile Me from another Iphone so that the owner can do the tracking and alarming. In pursuit with a macbook to do these tasks will obviously slow down the pursuit and cause major obstructions which will either cause the tracker to get run over or robbed again.
Tony - June 22, 2009 at 4:28pm
And then what happened? I thought this was a real story and not an advertisement.
Awayze - June 22, 2009 at 4:54pm
Lmao same here, then what happened, I was actaully enjoyin it
Tony - June 22, 2009 at 4:59pm
Just noticed the "READ MORE" link actually links to the rest of the story. I missed it because it was placed under the tutorial link which is where I stopped to read the article thinking it continues the tutorial. The "READ MORE" should be placed above the tutorial link to avoid confusion.
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