Lost iphone in NY. Advice?

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  1. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

    NovemberWhiskey

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    Lost a black 32 GB iphone 3gs with a black speck candyshell case.

    Most likely in a cab in times square.

    Any advice on what i should do from here? I suspended the service on ATT.

    I tried to use the mobileme passcode lock/message/remote wipe features, but it just said the phone was "not connected to a network".

    Did not have a passcode lock on it, so all my emails/photos, etc are probably accessible to whomever has the phone. Tried calling/texting but no response.
     
  2. labman macrumors 604

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    only thing you can due

    is suspend service for now! call the cab center report it missing and hope that your Cab driver is honest. However this is NY and you left a $600 tip!
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That's right!
     
  5. ajones46 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah if you're getting a message of "not connected to a network" whoever took it probably took the sim card out already and have no intentions of returning it. I fear you're SOL
     
  6. spacemnspiff macrumors 6502a

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    And change your password to email so email wont be updated on the iPhone without the new password.
     
  7. Cubsfan macrumors member

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    Maybe I was the only one, but when I had MobileMe there were times where the phone was on, and connected to both wifi and cell networks, and MobileMe would still give me that message. It always took a reboot to fix it for me. That was probably the biggest reason that I didn't keep subscribing to MobileMe.

    Does the SIM card have anything to do with MobileMe? I thought it was a connection from your phone to MobileMe, regardless of the connection method.
     
  8. army91c macrumors 6502a

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  9. FoxMcWeezer macrumors regular

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    Who the hell would return an iPhone? That's an easy $600 on eBay.
     
  10. mrmfast macrumors newbie

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    And how would you feel if it was your phone that was lost? I can honestly say that if I found a phone in a cab in NYC, I would return it. Wouldn't you do the same?

    It doesn't matter to me whether or not it's likely that if I lost my phone, someone would return it. What matters to me is doing the right thing because somewhere down the road you're going to be glad you did.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Not everyone out there is as nice as you.
    Reality is that chances of someone finding it and trying to locate the rightfull owner are very slim.
     
  12. iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    Nice to hear you're honest about being dishonest.

    OP:
    From my limited experience, most of the people I've met from NY are less than honorable.
    Count on it being gone unfortunately.
     
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Unfortunately, this is the correct action to take. Also like someone else mentioned, be sure and change any passwords to stuff that you connected to using your iPhone.
     
  14. creon macrumors 6502

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    Humanity can, at times, surprise even the most pessimistic person.

    Good luck!
     
  15. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    why did you suspend service before using MobileMe? Big mistake. You suspend service AFTER having put the passcode lock or remote wipe command.

    Also, no way of getting it back now with suspended service.
     
  16. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

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    Yet another person with a mobile me account and no password lock

    When are people going to realize that the iphone hardware protection will always be better than any remote security protection :/

    OP, I would do the following

    1) call the cab company see if they have it
    2) try calling your phone one last time
    3) Call at&T and have them block your SIM card
    4) Purchase new phone

    A lost/stolen iPhone is as good as currency these days, since even the most dimwitted thiefs can do a factory restore.
     
  17. sinsin07 macrumors 68030

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    Good thing this is a forum and people can say whatever. You have limited experience yet make a judgment call. Why not just say I don't know. It's thinking like that which gets people into trouble.
     
  18. NovemberWhiskey thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Guess what? I got an email today from a very nice person saying that they had found my phone and they are arranging for it to be shipped out to me.

    I can't believe it! This person is a saint.

    In response to an earlier post, I did try the mobileme services BEFORE suspending the service. It didn't work, and no one was responding to my texts/calls, so I had no choice but to suspend.
     
  19. sinsin07 macrumors 68030

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    Good for you, I am glad things worked out. It looks like iceterminal's limited experience proved false. Talk about foot in the mouth.:rolleyes:
     
  20. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a

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    Lucky. Mine wandered out of my pocket, with a little help from someone else's hand. I would love it if it came back but am not holding my breath.
     
  21. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Congratulations. Its nice to see that there are honest people out there.
     
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  23. ericxd macrumors regular

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    That is rare...congrats!
     
  24. goobot macrumors 603

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    you should have used mobile me first. now it needs wifi in order for you to lock/find it.

    forget it i check your other post. anyway new york is over used in the day. you would have been better off at 3 am.
     

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