iPhone 3G owner uses Find My iPhone to retrieve stolen handset, find thief

iPhone 3G owner uses Find My iPhone to retrieve stolen handset, find thief
Less than 2 weeks after Apple showed off the new Find My iPhone app in the device's new 3.0 OS, Kevin Miller put it to good use to help him find his stolen iPhone 3G. Mr. Miller was in Chicago to attend Brickworld, a convention for adult Lego fans, when he left his handset sitting on a table where he had just enjoyed dinner. Despite returning to the table within minutes, it was too late-the phone was gone. Still, there was hope. After all, Miller did recently activate the Find My iPhone feature of MobileMe which displays the location of a specific iPhone on a map when activated. The next day, the victim and two of his friends used a MacBook Pro equipped with Sprint 3G to track down the stolen unit. The three kept refreshing the map on the computer until they locked onto a location. The thief answered a phone call to the handset but quickly hung up. He didn't respond to text messages. Finally, the Find My iPhone app placed the phone near a bus stop where Miller and his two friends started closing in.

A man at the bus stop called over the trio and returned the iPhone to the rightful owner, stating that he had worked at the place where it had been left at the table and that he had intended to return it. A reward of $30 was offered, but was declined and the two men shook hands and walked away. And while Mr. Miller was grateful for the app that helped him recover his handset, he did offer a suggestion that the service should be able to work with another iPhone as it was a fortunate break for him that he and his pals had a 3G enabled notebook computer that they used to track the stolen model.

While a complete erasure of data could have been done with Remote Wipe, another new MobileMe feature that came with the new 3.0 OS, Miller considered that a "nuclear option" because once wiped, the phone would not be able to use the location function. And while some have considered the story a fabrication by Apple to promote the new features, Miller denied it although he did say it was as good a story as any commercial.

source: COMPUTERWORLD

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7 Comments

1. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

All phones need to have this. Then I could find my stolen enV2.

2. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I agree and I'm sure it won't be much longer before other manufacturers jump on the bandwagon.

3. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

thats an awesome story... if only for the fact that he used a sprint 3g aircard to find his lost iphone... and he probably has vzw fios for his home... goes to show that everyone can get along...

4. bigfanboyred

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

i agree with #1 & #2, but the iphone has an internal battery... with other phones you just take the battery off and there goes your signal... would be nice, though.

5. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That's a good point. You can remove it from the iPhone too but not ANYWHERE near as easily. Maybe one way manufacturers could get around that is to install, inside the case of the phone, a small battery like a watch battery that retains power when the main supply is taken out? Still a way to crack it open and pull that too, but most people who steal phones probably aren't that bright anyway.

6. ddripp

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

just like every manufacturers jump on the touch screen war with apple ever since the original Iphone came out. and it's only their 3rd phones... apple changing the game AGAIN. there will never be an IPHONE killa.. IPHONE FTW... what a awesome phone and i'm writhing this post from my IPHONE 3GS.

7. vikram2010

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 19, 2014

You can find your Iphone using IMEI on Iphonetrace group in facebook

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