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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. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Saw this on on iClarified, I actually enjoyed the story lol.

      I could have said First but don't want all these noobs going crazy and angry!!!!
    1. kwall's Avatar
      kwall -
      Haha holy ****. Amazing that the current technology could triangulate the phone with such ease. I know using triangulation for finding people calling from cell phones has been used for a while but a phone finding its owner pretty cool.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      HAHAHAHAHA everyone should read the story!!! I would only pay for FindmyiPhone if I could pay only when I lost my iPhone. Like a pay as you go service.

      One question. There is a mobile me 60 day trial. If I lose the Phone and subscribe, will it work?
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      ^ lol yeh
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      I like mobileme
    1. zoolander369's Avatar
      zoolander369 -
      "while on his trip there for the dorky frickin' awesome LEGO convention.'

      LMFAO!
    1. compnerd88's Avatar
      compnerd88 -
      That story is truly badass......

      (Disregarding the Lego Convention)

      I know i would have been all hyped up in a situation like that too

      -Compnerd88
    1. x394's Avatar
      x394 -
      wow that's a really funny story
      its nice to know someone benefited from this
    1. phatalbert's Avatar
      phatalbert -
      Lucky guy. I lost mine last night on my way home from the gym. First thing I did was log into mobileme and tried to track my phone. BUT.....I didnt know that I had to activate the feature on my phone first : ( I hadn't thought much about the feature but for some reason I just thought it would be automatically activated when it was installed with the update.
      So this is a heads up for everyone out there: ACTIVATE THE FEATURE ON YOUR PHONE BEFORE YOU LOSE IT!!
      You have been warned : )
    1. MAN717's Avatar
      MAN717 -
      Wow.. Good hunt, not sure my cajones would have been big enough for all of that fun
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      i have mobileme and the accuracy is pretty vague. in the uk at least, the police will not search 4 or 5 houses in the vicinity of my location. when i use it, it zooms in around 500 metres approx in my house.

      i like it as a tool for certain things, but if you lose your phone in the major cities, or it's stolen, you have no chance, unless your the equalizer!

      as for AT........why do think noobs think your an idiot?
      your a fuc**ing idiot full stop.
    1. xrated's Avatar
      xrated -
      3 white dudes pulling up to a puerto rican neighborhood, not knowing whats gonna happen...

      o.O

      all for an iPhone.
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      gps still works without data, there should be another way like closest wifi to attempt to send
    1. itaintrite's Avatar
      itaintrite -
      He better thank God that the thief isn't some thug who was hanging out with his "gangsta" buddies.

      Seriously thought, if I were a thief and found an iPhone 3GS... I'd sell it the same day
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      that is an awesome story
    1. Juar3z's Avatar
      Juar3z -
      retarded how u have to pay before u r able to do the trial and if u dont like the service u have to wait forever to speak to some1!!!!
    1. rel1215's Avatar
      rel1215 -
      "Also it's a lighter daintier sound effect than we'd prefer for locating something by sound. Hell, I'd prefer it if I could take pictures, play my iTunes library, and tase whoever was holding it."


      love the tase whoever was holding it comment........great story
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      There is already a service that finds your phone and if I remember right its free.
      I love the way Apple find all the usefull things and makes you pay for them... Morons.
    1. nimavafi's Avatar
      nimavafi -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      There is already a service that finds your phone and if I remember right its free.
      I love the way Apple find all the usefull things and makes you pay for them... Morons.
      Ooh, please tell. I would be interested in something like this, but mobileme is just not for...me.
    1. alek's Avatar
      alek -
      i found my phone using findmyi. Its impossible to disable without wiping the phone but it also blocks wiping the phone and locks it so the thief cannot use it. And its way cheaper at only 2$ a month!!