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i-CONICA Level 1 Level 1
Hi, I've had my iPhone 4 stolen.

I've not got a mobile me subscription, (but I'd buy one if it meant I could track the phone?) and haven't installed any third party tracking app either.

Is there any way it could be tracked? It seems silly that my network can send a shutdown signal, to essentially "brick" the phone unless it's recovered, but can't have the device report it's location...


iOS 4
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10

    If a serious crime has been committed by someone with your iPhone or you were seriously injured or ill and dialed an emergency number but were unable to speak, if your carrier is contacted by the appropriate authorities, the iPhone's location could be tracked via the cellular tower or towers the iPhone is connected to, which is not as accurate as GPS. A lost or stolen iPhone does not fall under the category of a police or serious health emergency.

    I understand in Europe that when an phone is reported as lost or stolen, the phone's IMEI number is blacklisted by the carrier to prevent it being used by someone else.
  • John Durnell1 Level 2 Level 2
    You can use Mobileme to find the general area your phone is in. You can also send a message or sound to your phone in addition you can either lock it or wipe it clean of any information.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10
    As an FYI, this was copied from the OP's post.

    I've not got a mobile me subscription, (but I'd buy one if it meant I could track the phone?) and haven't installed any third party tracking app either.

    A little too late for using a MobileMe account for this.
  • Chris Skitch Level 1 Level 1
    i-CONICA, not only can the phone be tracked, it can be remotely turned on so that you can hear the conversation. Governments have been doing this for years to spy on bad people. Only problem is I suspect they won't do it for you, unless a really really bad person has your phone, in which case they will likely be assassinated any second now using the remotely controlled explosive device hidden in everyones phones..

    Hope this helps.
  • i-CONICA Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks guys.

    Chris, thanks for the advice. Are the explosives built right into the A4 chip? Amazing...
  • FL_iphone_user Level 1 Level 1
    I remember reading somewhere that they recommend that you don't immediately report it to AT&T so you can avoid having your phone turn into a brick. If the thief is not smart and uses the phone, you may be able to track the numbers the individual is calling and then report those to the police as evidence.

    If the person turns off the phone and pulls the sim card out, it could be harder to trace even with tracking software installed.

    For those interested in tracking software, here are some apps that might help.
  • icespur Level 1 Level 1
    Unfortunately MobileMe can be turned off by a thief or anyone who has access to your phone. Therefore it does not offer the protection you need.
  • Michael Black Level 7 Level 7
    You don't need to pay for a mobile me account to enable the free find-my-iPhone feature - you can do that entirely for free (you use your Apple ID to create a mobileme account that allows the find-my-iPhone feature only).

    As mentioned though, if you do not have a passcode lock on the iPhone, the thief can just disable the feature. Even if you have a passcode on it, they can just turn the phone off, which also disables it.

    The find-my-iPhone service is useful, but it is hardly a foolproof security feature, and should not be counted on as any sort of primary security.
  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2
    iHound solves this issue, as it will send you a message when your phone connects to a computer that has Internet.

    Also, most of these services do not need to have the SIM in. Find iPhone and all those other services are attached to the iPhone, not the SIM.
  • Steve @ 316 Level 1 Level 1
    But they would have to installed prior to the phone being stolen, correct?
  • Steve @ 316 Level 1 Level 1
    This does not work either unless you have previously signed up and registered your device, correct?
  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2
    This is correct. And with iHound, you DO have to have the app installed.

    This is why I prefer the Find iPhone service. Free, and you don't need anything installed, just setup. And you can block access from it being removed.
  • Steve @ 316 Level 1 Level 1
    @EBSkater - That seems to be the key to all of the solutions. Whatever a person may choose, it has to be installed,set up etc. BEFORE the phone goes missing.
  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2
    I would hope that people would realize that this is the case in almost all situations. Too many times do people sit idly by and not secure their stuff, and then when they go missing, they get angry at those who made the devices for not providing a security system to go along with the device FOR FREE.
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