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  • Guy Finds Lost Phone with the Help of MobileMe

    With the announcement of iPhone OS 3.0 and iPhone 3GS, MobileMe got a cool new feature - FindMyiPhone - which would help users find their iPhone if they lose it. Though I have not personally tested, as per many claims, it works nicely. The service includes several features like LocateMe using Google Maps, displaying a message remotely on the phone, and even Remote Wipe, if necessary. There's a big loophole in all this - the one who has the iPhone can pop out the SIM and disconnecting the internet access completely thus disabling the service, as pointed out by the emulator port guru Jonathon Zdziarski (via iPhoneAtlas).

    There's a magic button on every iPhone a thief can use to disable remote wipe and LocateMe; it's called the SIM eject button.
    There's no guarantee that the one who has your phone is kind enough to return or even clever enough to remove the SIM to simply disable the service but Kevin seems to be lucky enough. Kevin is some guy who lost his iPhone at a bar in Chicago while on his trip there for the <s>dorky</s> frickin' awesome LEGO convention.

    After tracing the phone for two days and threatening the thief with messages in various languages, he finally tracked down the thief at a bus stop - with the help of his Macbook (ironically connected to a Sprint USB dongle). This seems to be just a lucky case and you might NOT be that lucky to find your phone but you'll be thrilled to read how he found the phone after an initial failure on first day.

    The Intermittent Kevin via TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Guy Finds Lost Phone with the Help of MobileMe started by sayam View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. honeybebe's Avatar
      honeybebe -
      iLocalis.. after the trial period you donate but you get to choose from a range of prices (i think the cheapest was like $5 or was it $10?...)
      awesome app. it's for jailbroken phones & i just hide the app from my springboard. i set mine up so it tweets my location at certain intervals, but you can also log in to the website and find your location.. also you can remotely send a text message FROM the stolen iphone so it tells you what number the theif is using... a bunch of other sick features but just go to the site
    1. compnerd88's Avatar
      compnerd88 -
      How exactly do you "activate" the feature on your phone?

    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      instead of taking out the SIM card all u gotta do is turn it off... or just delete the mobile me e-mail account

      Quote Originally Posted by compnerd88 View Post
      How exactly do you "activate" the feature on your phone?

      just sign up for mobile me add ur e-maill account to ur iphone and go to ur me account on a computer to see if it worked and thats about it.
    1. njaibat009's Avatar
      njaibat009 -