Lost my iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NDefer, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    So I lost my iphone today, someone probably snatched it up. Wondering what my options are here on in

    I have find my iphone activated, however my phone has a lock. Could possibly be dead at this point. I sent a message to it and am waiting for it to connect to the internet, however i assume if it is locked they wont be able to connect it to the internet? So I will probably never get the notification?

    What are peoples options when they get this type of device? Are their options pretty much limited to restoring it through itunes?

    Just trying to figure out what the options are, going to wait until tomorrow to see if my university had it returned or someone else calls, but I am not sure.

    Is find my iphone reset when the phone is reset? Is it even possible to restore my iphone without my pin?
     
  2. macrumors 68020

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    Once you reset your phone through find my iphone, it wipes the phone. All your info is wiped, but the thief could still restore as new in DFU mode to wipe you lock code. Unless your carrier blacklists the phone, the thief can turn around and sell it and someone else can use it.
     
  3. macrumors 68040

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    Yep once you report it to your carrier it will be unusable in the us. I have a 5 that I bought that was apparently stolen. Cant be used on any network. It's an iPod touch.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    i read if i erased iphone through find my iphone I would also be giving up any chance of finding it through the service. Seems like a given up hope option, I assume by this time if they wiped it they wiped it.

    Can an Iphone 5 be wiped via computer without passcode? Problem with the lock is, now people cant even see who to send it to if they found it? Seems like I might be screwed.
     
  5. macrumors 68020

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    Unusable on that carrier, but not all carriers. Just take it to T-mobile, ST, etc and it will work.

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    Yes, by restoring via DFU mode. I would bet by now, it has already been sold to someone else.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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    If reset does it get removed from the find my iPhone list, or does it remain there even if it is no longer associated with the service
     
  7. macrumors 68020

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    After thief does DFU restore, or after you do a remote wipe, find my phone will no longer work for you to trace it.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors member

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    Just to be clear though, my phone is wiped as well during this process? So my info on the phone will be cleared?
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    Yes , The phone will be just as it was when you bought it.
     
  10. macrumors 68040

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    Won't work on tmobile either. Att and tmobile now share a data base of stolen phones. ST is att.
     
  11. macrumors 68020

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    That's why Verizon iphone 5 is more valuable. :p
     

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