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Old Nov 8, 2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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iPhone 5 stolen

Hi, I recently got my iPhone 5 stolen. I highly doubt my carrier will do anything about this, but if I have the IMEI of the iphone, will I be able to track it? Also, the phone does not have Find My Phone installed on it, so it's a trouble. Much help needed, thanks!
P.S the phone has a 4-digit number lock on it.

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Old Nov 8, 2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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Not sure who your carrier is but I know AT&T doesn't offer any sort of tracking/disabling of stolen devices.

Just curious; why did you not have Find My iPhone installed? It pretty much does it for you when you're setting up the phone for the first time.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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I guess I was getting a bit cocky on security about phones, seeing as the past 5 years I've never had a phone stolen from me .
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 11:06 AM   #4
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Find My iPhone would have been your only hope, but I hope you used a credit card with 90-day protection against theft/loss/accidental damage when purchasing it so you can get your money back.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 11:08 AM   #5
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I've been pretty lucky too but I've always had it installed (since it was released). No reason not to have one more useless icon sitting in a folder hidden away on the second page.

How did it get stolen?
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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Hi, I recently got my iPhone 5 stolen. I highly doubt my carrier will do anything about this, but if I have the IMEI of the iphone, will I be able to track it? Also, the phone does not have Find My Phone installed on it, so it's a trouble. Much help needed, thanks!
P.S the phone has a 4-digit number lock on it.
Unfortunately most people willing to steal phones know that phones can't be tracked if they are turned off so they'll shut them off immediately. It is possible you had a dumb person steal it and they left it on. Do you have the find my iPhone app?
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 11:21 AM   #7
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Do you mean you don't have Find My iPhone activated (during the setup process)? Or that you don't have the FMiP app installed? Because you don't need the app to be installed to find your phone. Just go to the icloud.com website.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 12:09 PM   #8
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Unfortunately most people willing to steal phones know that phones can't be tracked if they are turned off so they'll shut them off immediately. It is possible you had a dumb person steal it and they left it on. Do you have the find my iPhone app?
You quoted the answer to you question.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 12:25 PM   #9
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Do you mean you don't have Find My iPhone activated (during the setup process)? Or that you don't have the FMiP app installed? Because you don't need the app to be installed to find your phone. Just go to the icloud.com website.
They made it a free service now?
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 12:33 PM   #10
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They made it a free service now?
you will see it at Settings>iCloud and scroll down the bottom
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 12:35 PM   #11
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They made it a free service now?
find my iphone has always been free?!
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 12:36 PM   #12
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find my iphone has always been free?!
No it hasn't. It initially was only included with a MobileMe subscription.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 12:44 PM   #13
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No it hasn't. It initially was only included with a MobileMe subscription.
Yes! Thats right!
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 12:58 PM   #14
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No it hasn't. It initially was only included with a MobileMe subscription.
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Yes! Thats right!
oh damn thats crazy! thanks
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 01:05 PM   #15
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I've been pretty lucky too but I've always had it installed (since it was released). No reason not to have one more useless icon sitting in a folder hidden away on the second page.

How did it get stolen?
You don't need the app installed on your iPhone unless you wanted to use that same iPhone to track another lost iPhone.
That's all the app does.
Simply having your iCloud activated and Find My Phone on is enough.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 01:16 PM   #16
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Not sure who your carrier is but I know AT&T doesn't offer any sort of tracking/disabling of stolen devices.

Just curious; why did you not have Find My iPhone installed? It pretty much does it for you when you're setting up the phone for the first time.
i think they do offer disabling of stolen devices since spring of this year
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 01:26 PM   #17
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Another good app

First, check this out http://www.slashgear.com/stolen-cell...e-us-31255124/

also

For your next one, I would also install Prey and Lookout Signal Flare in addition to Find My iPhone

Oh! And if you have dropbox installed and autosyncing. You can get the ip if it connects to wifi
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 01:45 PM   #18
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if that person who stole it is a little tech savvy, he will put the phone into DFU mode and basically wipe the phone

good luck getting your phone back
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I wish there was a way Apple would allow us to place a four digit code lock that would prevent anyone from turning the iPhone off in any fashion.
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