I've scanned through several forums here about the government listening in on your phone "when off", but none of them really touched on my question, which is; Can the goverment activate your microphone or camera when the iPhone is actually turned off, as in powered down? I had a big 30 min discussion here with a co-worker who insists it is very easily done. I said that although someone may be able to hack in and install a program, I think it would be close to impossible if the phone was totally powered down. He said the program would instruct the phone to powerdown, but leave certain functions available and powered, like the mic, camera, etc. My issue is, with the phone powered down, how could the iPhone connect to the network? I have a data plan, and wouldn't I notice the loss of minutes or data? So, while I agree it's possible for them to hack in and listen, I think there are too many issues with doing it while the phone is totally powered down. He's a bit of a conspiracy nut like Boomhauer. I guess I'm throwing this out there to you hardcore engineers or programmers. Thanks!