Lost iPhone – found it using Find My iPhone… police won’t help me retrieve it

fixie 8 November 2011 39

Hey Rioters,

I thought I’d submit my story about my lost phone… I lost it on Saturday night (possibly in a cab). I didn’t realise til I got home so started up the ‘Find My iPhone’ to see where I left it. Unfortunately it was turned off and couldn’t be tracked. I sent a nice message to the phone asking who ever had it to call me if it was ever turned back on.

Well, it looks like today the phone was turned on but alas no call from who ever is in possession of it.

Find my iPhone shows the location to be on Duffy Street in Ainslie… or very close.

So I ask you Rioters, without police help, what do you suggest I do? I’m considering going around and asking for it like the police said.

cheers,

Trev


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billbo billbo 9:07 pm 02 Dec 11

matt31221 said :

Why do you want your IPhone back anyways? These devices are made with the blood of Chinese peasants.

Honestly get yourself an Taiwanese made Android phone. Ethical and excellent, does everything better than the freakin Iphone.

Just be careful with purchasing Android phones… apparently owning one says something about you…

http://ca.nberra.com/index.php/2011/04/android-users-meaner-to-their-mothers/

RVG RVG 11:12 pm 21 Nov 11

MsCheeky said :

If the phone is password locked, then they can’t read any message that you send. Wipe remotely and kiss it goodbye. You’ve got it synced, don’t you?

Actually they can read messages if short preview activated.

Also if messages are sent via mobile me they can always be seen regardless!

missjb missjb 4:25 pm 10 Nov 11
fixie fixie 7:26 am 10 Nov 11

I ended up doing the sensible thing and remote wiping the phone then having the phone’s IMEI barred. If it was worth anything to them before it certainly would be worth nothing now. thanks for the thoughts guys

Henry82 Henry82 7:51 pm 09 Nov 11

2.0 said :

It’s great, oh and I get great reception on my iPhone…

lol, i also get great reception on my cheap nokia. Nobody wants to steal it, and if i lost it, $40 down the drain, rather than a few hundred dollars.

dixyland dixyland 7:28 pm 09 Nov 11

It is probably better to call your phone carrier instead of asking randoms what they’d do.

jackal jackal 10:25 am 09 Nov 11

In Melbourne the cops used a chopper to track down thief in the same circumstances:
http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/iphone/iphone-gps-app-and-chopper-find-thief-20101215-18xlv.html

But in another case (according to the media reports), the same police force did not act in similar circumstances, this time involving an ipad:
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/ipad/thief-gets-away-with-stolen-ipad-because-police-wont-act-20110524-1f1zi.html

2.0 2.0 9:16 am 09 Nov 11

caf said :

2.0 said :

Or here’s an idea, dont get so drunk that you lose your phone in the back of a cab.

How’s the view from up there on your high-horse?

It’s great, oh and I get great reception on my iPhone…

jsm2090 jsm2090 8:51 am 09 Nov 11

dvaey said :

I-filed said :

Near Duffy Street? That’d be Ainslie Village. Good luck!

Im not sure what the GPS is like in the iphone but in my android its accuracy might put you in the living room instead of the bedroom on the sat map.

I was surprised by the accuracy on the iPhone; when testing Find My iPhone, it was able to pinpoint exactly where in my apartment I was….

dvaey dvaey 11:26 pm 08 Nov 11

I-filed said :

Near Duffy Street? That’d be Ainslie Village. Good luck!

Im not sure what the GPS is like in the iphone but in my android its accuracy might put you in the living room instead of the bedroom on the sat map.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 9:42 pm 08 Nov 11

matt31221 said :

Why do you want your IPhone back anyways? These devices are made with the blood of Chinese peasants.

Honestly get yourself an Taiwanese made Android phone. Ethical and excellent, does everything better than the freakin Iphone.

This is a wind up surely.

iPhones are manufactured in southern mainland China by Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that also manufactures hardware for Motorola, Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

Two of those companies offer handsets running Android. In fact to quote the Wall Street Journal – “Motorola is a key Foxconn client.”

“Made” is a deceiving word anyway, it’s really assembly. Most of the components in smartphones including iPhone come from South Korea and the US including flash memory, processors, transceiver chips and so on.

arescarti42 arescarti42 8:55 pm 08 Nov 11

matt31221 said :

I would call your service provider and get them to send a kill code to the phone – completely screwing it and making it into a paperweight.

Why do you want your IPhone back anyways? These devices are made with the blood of Chinese peasants.

Honestly get yourself an Taiwanese made Android phone. Ethical and excellent, does everything better than the freakin Iphone.

I would have thought you’d be hard pushed finding any phone, regardless of brand origin, that isn’t made in China.

caf caf 7:58 pm 08 Nov 11

2.0 said :

Or here’s an idea, dont get so drunk that you lose your phone in the back of a cab.

How’s the view from up there on your high-horse?

matt31221 matt31221 5:59 pm 08 Nov 11

I would call your service provider and get them to send a kill code to the phone – completely screwing it and making it into a paperweight.

Why do you want your IPhone back anyways? These devices are made with the blood of Chinese peasants.

Honestly get yourself an Taiwanese made Android phone. Ethical and excellent, does everything better than the freakin Iphone.

FioBla FioBla 5:25 pm 08 Nov 11

Solidarity said :

Find my iPhone also stops working if they pull the SIM card and replace it with thier own….

Pretty much the only logical thing to do is to not turn it on except overseas. Apple and/or the local carriers can block the IMEI, turning it into a iPod touch. I guess the owner has to prove ownership or something. Especially with a broken screen, there isn’t much incentive aside from giving it back, or sell/give it overseas.

That’s logical; not that people are logical.

If it was lost on Saturday, and it’s now Tuesday, maybe the person holding it hasn’t gotten around to contacting the police yet. Maybe the phone has no credit. Who knows.

It is something to know though, what recourse is/isn’t available in Australia/Canberra; the iPhone being very popular in Australia (31.4% of marketshare). I suppose the ideal thing to do would be to go to the address with someone muscular, make the phone ping audibly, and hope for the best. Or maybe send a reward notice, all via Find my iPhone.

Solidarity Solidarity 4:31 pm 08 Nov 11

Find my iPhone also stops working if they pull the SIM card and replace it with thier own….

dpm dpm 4:26 pm 08 Nov 11

urchin said :

you might try the carrot approach vs. the stick. offer a $50 reward. for an iphone with a cracked screen that sounds about right.

You don’t live in Duffy St, Ainslie by any chance, do you? Hahaha!

2.0 2.0 4:15 pm 08 Nov 11

Or here’s an idea, dont get so drunk that you lose your phone in the back of a cab.

Grail Grail 4:02 pm 08 Nov 11

MsCheeky said :

If the phone is password locked, then they can’t read any message that you send. Wipe remotely and kiss it goodbye. You’ve got it synced, don’t you?

The “Find my iPhone” feature means the message is displayed with an annoying sound for 2 minutes. This is not a SMS message, it’s a separate feature of the phone.

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