So I just lost my iPhone 5s.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Akonpex, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. Akonpex macrumors newbie

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    So am I the first one to lose this phone? :( Stupid of me to leave my 5-day unused 5s in my bag in the cabin during my US Airways flight to Charlotte. Someone could have taken it during the flight, realized it only upon getting off the plane. Couldn't file a report cos my connecting flight is already boarding.

    Enough of the pity party, I activated the fingerprint scan and pin, will they be able to hack around and use it? I want that mothafutha to not be able to use the phone.
     
  2. tharepairguy macrumors member

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    if you setup the phone, did you enable 'find my iphone' feature? I would log in and track it asap if thats the case...
     
  3. jonasdamn macrumors 6502a

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    If you have activated find my iphone- your iphone will be useless, if not then they will restorr firmware via DFU
     
  4. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    You can't restore an iPhone running iOS 7 if Find My iPhone is enabled.

    So OP, go to icloud.com and find that phone.
     
  5. jonasdamn macrumors 6502a

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    Read again, i have said that they will be able to restore if he didnt activated find my iphone ;)
     
  6. Akonpex thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yup I've activated the "find my iphone" feature. However I think that feature requires the device to be connected to wifi, otherwise I won't be able to track it.
     
  7. jonasdamn macrumors 6502a

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    Yes you wont be able to track it while it isnt connected to internet via WiFi or cellular. However if thieft will try to restore iPhone as new, he wont be able to activate it and iPhone will be useless
     
  8. NuggetSauce macrumors regular

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    Hopefully in iOS 8, they will have a Destruct My iPhone option. So thieves hands would get blown off. Or emit deadly radiation option.
     
  9. Akonpex thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks man, appreciate it. Now I feel sorry for him/her. :D
     
  10. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    You'll be surprise that some people are very honest. I found an SG4 on a flight and I brought it to the flight attendant and she handed it over to the airport agent. That phone was sitting right at the gate podium. If I were you, I'd call U.S. Airways baggage claim immediately at the destination city you got off at and if you can trace where that flight continued on to, then, call that destinations' baggage claim office too. You can call reservations and see where your flight continued on to after you deplaned at your arrival point. Good luck. Hope you get it back.
     
  11. bobright macrumors 601

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    I think he could use it as a functioning iPod/Internet device though correct along with inputting his Apple ID?

    I need to activate this "Find my iPhone" feature, alway saw horrible reviews on the App Store and figured it was useless and not reliable.
     
  12. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

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    Damn, I am sorry for your loss.

    I am so OCD about my phone that it's either on me, or in my hand. Stowing away is good on a flight, but out of sight out of mind...if you catch my drift.

    Maybe it will come up, wishing you the best.
     
  13. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    Nope, phone would totally be unusable. It would be stuck in the "activation lock" and it would need the original AppleID/password.

    And you don't need the App, just activate the feature. But, the "activation lock" is something that's embedded within iOS7.
     
  14. bobright macrumors 601

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    Thats great to know. If I enable it for it to work I do have to keep location enabled at all times though correct?

    Edit: ah still on iOS6 will probably update in the next week or so still debating, this does make me want to update sooner rather than later.
     
  15. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    Correct.
     
  16. xizdun macrumors regular

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    Couple iOS 7 lock screen vulnerabilities floating around.
    Probably possible to bypass activation by jailbreaking? (I wouldn't know.)
    Be all, end all... your stolen iPhone is still worth more than a brick—it can be stripped of its parts for repair.

    I don't understand how someone (fellow passenger?) can access the contents of your cabin baggage.
     
  17. veedubshafer macrumors 6502

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    My wife lost her 4 yesterday evening. It had her speck card case with 2 credit cards in it too! It was pass coded but luckily the person who found it saw a text notification banner with my wife's friends name. The person knew her husband and called him. They saw the name on the credit card and asked him if his wife knew my wife. So he called his wife and the wives were together. My wife went and got her phone and only 1 of the cards was there so we quick deactivated the other one. We think she dropped it then a kid probably grabbed one of the cards out of it and got scared and threw the phone. It was laying on the yellow lines in the middle of the road by the ball field in town. Who knows but the phone is perfect, case barely scuffed and new card on its way.
     
  18. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    I don't understand why people would want to stay on iOS 6. 7 is so much better in just about every way.
     
  19. legioxi macrumors 6502a

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    Only if you want to find the phone. If all you care about is the activation lock, you do not need GPS enabled. However you won't be able to disable it -only- for find my iPhone, you would need to turn off the GPS completely if you wanted to opt out of that portion.

    Keep in mind even if you turn off GPS find my iPhone can turn it back on. When you turn it off it warns you that if you activate the lost mode on your phone using find my phone, it will turn the GPS on for that feature.

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    I love iOS 7 but I can see how some people wouldn't want to upgrade. It is a big change in appearance and that will bother a lot of people who are used to the old look. It is all personal preference.
     
  20. Akonpex thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It was a red eye flight and everyone was sleeping (Or so I thought). I slept all throughout the flight so it really is my fault.
     
  21. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    You're right, my apologies.
     
  22. jetlitheone macrumors 6502a

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    Hahahahaha
     
  23. noobinator macrumors 601

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    These people also never leave the house I'm guessing. The sky is falling!
     
  24. mcdj macrumors 604

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    They need to come up with a way that keeps thieves from activating a stolen phone BUT helps honest people make some attempt to return it.

    Maybe if the phone is locked and FMI is enabled, a splash screen pops up with alternate contact info for the owner...

    A phone that totally locks down and can't connect to wifi renders FMI pretty much useless as an actual locating service. If they're going to disable the phone completely, they should just rename it Cripple My iPhone.
     
  25. cbflip2000 macrumors regular

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    Just letting you know that some credit cards have lost/theft protection for the first 90 days. I'd call them and get a credit for a replacement phone.
     

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