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First, Apple does cooperate with law enforcement when information can be verified, and helping law enforcement. In addition if somebody finds a lost or stolen product and contacts Apple, Apple will do what it can to help the original owner recover their Apple product.
Second, bypassing the lock to access the iPhone and the data on it normally requires the machine it is regularly synced with.
Third, for it to be useless the carrier would have to block the IMEI on their network. That would be a decision for the carrier to make. For business users there will be an option to remote wipe the data from the iPhone when the iPhone 2.0 update is released.
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The password code if you had one can be unlocked.
How is this done?
anybody can get a new sim card and reactivate the phone as theirs.
Not if the carrier blocks the iPhone's IMEI number when notified by the account holder that the iPhone is lost or stolen which is up to the carrier. It is my understanding this is what at&t does when notified of a lost or stolen iPhone.
It is also possible to enable a SIM PIN or SIM lock for the iPhone's SIM card. When powering an iPhone on with the SIM PIN enabled requires entering the SIM PIN to use any phone functions. After 3 missed tries entering the SIM PIN, the SIM card cannot be used without a reset from at&t.
AT&T is not currently set up to block imei #s from being used - part of the problem is that you can use a phone without registering the imei # with AT&T, even the iphone, you just need a working sim card - it's a nice thought but the most AT&T could possibly do is "hotline" the imei so that if it showed up on an acct it would alert the fraud dept & at this point in time they don't do that unless it's stolen from a store