Carrier Erasing iphone confirmation - implications?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by noodles906, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. noodles906 macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2016
    I lost my iphone, and after getting the carrier to suspend the number and access to my data, reporting it lost to the police, and using the Find My iPhone app to put it in Lost mode, after a few days I gave it the erase function in Find My iPhone. According to the app, the phone had not accessed the internet since the day I lost it, and the 'Lost' instruction was still pending when I pressed the erase button (waiting for the phone to access the internet). The erase instruction was then confirmed as pending. After a few days, I got the Apple email that my phone was erasing, and the Find My iPhone app confirmed this. This means the phone went online.

    I'm puzzled, though, and maybe someone can answer this? If the phone was locked with a password, how is it possible for the phone to go online? I'd be interested to know if this is a matter of by-passing or breaking the password, which might be easier than I had supposed, or is there some other method?
  2. mikezmac macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2014
    Turning on the phone in a cell zone will make it online. Online doesn't mean unlocked. You can get calls and text messages when your phone is locked.

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