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MacinTommy
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Nov 2, 2009, 11:42 PM
 
Does Apple help out if you were to let them know that your iPhone was stolen? I know about the Mobile Me feature but if you were to give them your serial number and someone else registered the phone would they be able to do anything? My buddies iphone was stolen this past weekend and he doesnt have mobile me and he has already gotten his phone deactivated. Just trying to help him out.
     
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Nov 7, 2009, 03:52 PM
 
I think if the thief ever takes it to an Applestore for repair the might do something. Other than that I doubt it highly.
     
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Nov 12, 2009, 12:48 AM
 
I was wondering the same thing this week.. Can your cell provider track the MAC address "equivalent" on its network and link it to the current user's account?
     
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Nov 12, 2009, 03:09 PM
 
In theory, they could, in practice, they won’t. But it’s called the IMEI, if you wanna try anyway.
     
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Nov 13, 2009, 10:54 AM
 
Originally Posted by tooki View Post
In theory, they could, in practice, they won’t. But it’s called the IMEI, if you wanna try anyway.
Actually they do blacklist the IMEI here in Canada so it can't be used on any GSM carrier worldwide if you call it in and report it stolen.
     
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Nov 18, 2009, 08:45 PM
 
I wish I would had Lojack on my stolen iPhone!
My iPhone was stolen in a restaurant, I was gone for less than a minute and it was gone.

With the serial number, I reported the stolen iPhone on http://www.stolenlostfound.net/report-stolen-iPhone.php
It's a free global stolen property database - not just for stolen iPhones!

Hopefully it helps catch the thief.
( Last edited by jacobi; Mar 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM. )
     
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Nov 22, 2009, 01:14 PM
 
Why would you leave an iPhone unattended for even one minute?!
     
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Nov 22, 2009, 03:40 PM
 
Originally Posted by tooki View Post
Why would you leave an iPhone unattended for even one minute?!
I was going to say the same. Heck even I would have taken it.
     
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Nov 22, 2009, 05:58 PM
 
This probably will feel like more salt in the wound, jacobi, but I'm with tooki and analogue. My iPhone is with me, or with someone I trust all the time; I would never leave it unattended.

Of course I would have turned in your unattended phone to the management (publicly, so there would be witnesses) in case you'd actually forgotten it, but that's just me.

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Nov 23, 2009, 03:54 AM
 
I'm with Glenn. Same here.
     
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Nov 23, 2009, 06:04 AM
 
He probably forgot it on the table, came back for it and found it to no longer be there. Although, I've seen people in coffee bars and libraries in my town just get up and walk away from their laptops for minutes, so some people in some areas believe it's safe to do those things.

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." TJ
     
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Nov 23, 2009, 02:21 PM
 
Well, live and learn I guess.
     
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Nov 23, 2009, 11:26 PM
 
I guess I'm just too paranoid to do that sort of thing. At school I would actually specifically ask a classmate (or other person I knew) to watch my stuff if I had to use the rest room with my computer out. I can't see doing less with a more pilferable item.

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Nov 27, 2009, 02:33 PM
 
i dont think any body will help , not even the provider ,
     
   
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