9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2009 2:09 PM by Tamara
j0sssss Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Unfortunetly, this being the second iphone i purchase due to having my previous one stolen, i then agian misplaced it. I do know this one was not stolen but was completly my fault. This brings me to my question of, "how come apple cannot locate my phone using the amazing gps the phone already had available on it?". A charge would be completly appropriate, but i believe it would just bring somthing more to the table. Everyone at one point either misplaces or reports their phone stolen, so why not a nifty idea of having the phone completly trackable so no one would ever even think of stealing this phone again? i think this is a great idea, but perhaps i am over looking an application that is already available. please, and references or commments, i am more than happy to listen to.

iphone 3G, Windows XP
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Cannot be done (or perhaps, technically, _will not_ be done).

    Probably for legal reasons. It's not just the iPhone, right? Almost all modern cell phones (even those without GPS) are location-aware, for e911 compliance. But neither cell phone companies nor Apple will use that information to locate you or your phone for non-emergency purposes. Think about the ramifications - it's a short step from there to infringement. Certainly, there are precedents - cell phones for kids have locators that the parents can use to locate them or receive an alert if their child leaves a proscribed region.
  • Jason L Community Specialists Community Specialists (10,745 points)
    Hi j0sssss,

    The best way to recover a stolen iPhone, or any other valuables, is to contact local law enforcement.

    +"Apple does not have a formal flagging process for reporting stolen property. If you have lost or found an Apple product, please contact your local law enforcement agency to report it."+ from this article: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2526

    If you want, you can iPhone leave feedback online here: http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

    -Jason
  • Randy Fast Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
    Will Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, LG, Pantech, or any other cell phone maker locate your lost phone for you with GPS? I have never heard of this, it is unfair to expect this of Apple when no one else does it.

    Your best option is to retrace where you last remember having it. Hopefully it's still there and on, you can barrow someone's phone and call it to see if you can locate it. But e911 services and alike are for emergencies only by the police.
  • Bryan Mick Level 6 Level 6 (13,020 points)
    So, you call Apple and ask them to locate your iPhone. They give you the address where it's currently being used... you go over there, and there is a confrontation with the person using it (who might not even be a thief at all - he may have picked it up at a pawn shop or something) and someone gets hurt. Now Apple is involved in a civil and possibly criminal investigation because they provided you with the information (quite probably violating someone's privacy rights in the process).

    This is just one simple example of how this could put Apple in an uncomfortable situation... I ask you, why whould they want to open themselves to this possibility (or countless others)?

    You say +"Everyone at one point either misplaces or reports their phone stolen"+... Personally, I have never lost a cell phone and I don't plan to start with this one. Take a little personal responsibility here. It's your phone - hold onto it. It's that simple.

    Cheers!
    -Bryan
  • Meyefull Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I believe that there is an app to do that. It basically looks like a game icon, the thief presses it and it sends location information to your email(which you would have had to put in before hand)Not sure what the app is called but I've seen it before. Try googling it.
  • Bryan Mick Level 6 Level 6 (13,020 points)
    No thanks. I have no need.

    Cheers!
    -Bryan
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Courtesy of Malcolm in a related thread:

    Private-I may locate a lost or stolen iPhone
    <http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=289254714&mt= 8>
  • DLB291 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    There are applications that do that. Check out Gadget Tracker and GPS Tracker. They will give you full coordinates and show you on google maps where your gps is located.
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    Neither my husband nor I have ever had a phone stolen or lost one.