3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 15, 2011 11:22 AM by edclange
kirkfromgermantown Level 1 Level 1

If an iPhone is stolen can it be traced by the serial number? When activating a new sim card you have give the provider the phone's serial number, right?


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Reply by edclange on Oct 15, 2011 11:02 AM Helpful

No, it cannot be traced by its serial number.  The only option for locating a lost or stolen iPhone is to set up Find My iPhone before it is lost.

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  • edclange Level 3 Level 3

    No, it cannot be traced by its serial number.  The only option for locating a lost or stolen iPhone is to set up Find My iPhone before it is lost.

  • kirkfromgermantown Level 1 Level 1

    It was an iPhone 3G, the operating system did not offer the find phone feature. The phone also was not an active line. It was a spare phone. Who ever re-activated the phone had to give the provider a serial number, right?

  • edclange Level 3 Level 3

    The iPhone 3G that I just replaced yesterday had Find My iPhone working perfectly on it, as does my original iPhone that I only use as a music player in my truck.  Neither one has active phone service, but I can locate either one of them if they are connected to a WiFi network.

     

    The provider does not need the serial number.  They only need to provide a working SIM card.  If the iPhone is locked to a specific carrier, then it can be activated for that carrier through iTunes.  If it is not locked, it should work with any SIM card without needing to be activated.