is there a way for them to change the imei number?
what if i get my telco to report that its stolen and that they track it.
I know of no carrier/provider anywhere in the world that will track a lost/stolen phone without a court order to do so. There are a few carriers that will blacklist phones, that's about the most you can hope for.
but if the theif use that stolen iphone [which will connect to apple website or facebook etc.. will apple able to track the phone imei? I think apple shoukd help,,, they are just too many iphones lost/stolen.. give some added service.. and I am sure more people to buy iphone - as they feel safer then...
Back "in the day" the carriers used to have a shared database with the IMEI or the NAM codes of stolen devices - and refused to activate stolen phones reported via the shared system. They actually now encourage stealing phones - allows folks who would not otherwise pay for one to use expensive data plans - and the victims then purchase another one - signing up for an extended contract in the process.
Apple could clearly help - but sells more phones by not doing so. Shame on you, Apple. I trusted you to have MY best interests at heart after I spent $750 on a device - least you could do is report on mobile me when it reconnects, no matter how long or what evasive actions the thief takes, You know you could...
Accelar... please pull your head out of your rear and get a clue about reality.
Apple, like all cell phone manufacturers has nothing to do with this. They do not track or block cell phones, PERIOD.
If the carrier chooses to block an IMEI number because it's been reported lost/stolen, that is up to them. In some countries this happens, in the US it does not currently.
What would any manufacturer get from deactivating a stolen device, much less the legal headache from tracking all those devices. This goes for any device (cell phone, laptop, tv, appliances, cars).
Apple...least you could do is report on mobile me when it reconnects, no matter how long or what evasive actions the thief takes,
I think this has some validity. AFAICT right now if a thief hard-Offs the iPhone they've stolen, only the last position (where they hard-Offed) is in Location Services if the thief knows how to perform a Factory Reset on the next power-up. It would be nice if the iPhone would at least issue one more LS update before performing the Reset.
Also, despite that I have Restrictions set to limit a thief's ability to change settings associated with Find My iPhone, I've found that a thief can simply switch-on Airplane Mode (can't be Restricted from doing this in any way that I know) and now the phone is undetectable.
Finally, if a thief is smart enough to hard-off the thing and then pull the SIM card, there's nothing Apple could possibly do about that because the phone is no longer capable of reporting its position.
Find My iPhone is a nice feature, but catching a (smart) thief is something else again.
Plus, Find my iPhone is mainly designed to find lost phones, not stolen.
Yes, and in a better world, someone who finds your misplaced iphone will examine it and find-out who you are and get it back to you. But for those who might be tempted to keep it, FMI is a good start towards getting it back.
Now if Apple would close just a couple of the loopholes therein, they'd have a feature they could shout from the rooftops. But for now, the less the world knows about how FMI works, the better chance some of us have to get our phones back!