Stolen iPhone

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  1. FortWorthMac macrumors 6502a

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    Hey all,

    So my kid today let his new iPhone get stolen. If/when I call ATT can they or will they put a IEMI block on the device to keep anyone else from using it.

    Thanks
    Pissed in Texas.
     
  2. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    AT&T can put a block on the phone but it might still be used on other carriers. Have you used Find My Phone and put a lock on the phone from icloud.com?? That's the first thing to do.
     
  3. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    He said find my iPhone has already been disabled. But let me double-check. If that's the case, can I still LOCK it?
     
  4. PBz macrumors 68020

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    Lost Mode. Don’t remote wipe it.
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    FMIP disabled ..never mind. Toast. Sorry.
     
  5. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. I'm not finding it. Screw me. But thanks for the replies.
     
  6. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    Out of curiosity, why was it already disabled?
     
  7. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It was stolen several hours ago. And he's been checking all afternoon. This is what we see when logging in. [​IMG]
     
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    You are saying that whoever took it disabled it?
     
  9. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Or at least has not had it connected to the internet in several hours
     
  10. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    Not sure about that. It might be turned off basically. But Find My iPhone would require the corresponding iCloud account password to be disabled.
     
  11. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I've hit the button for notify me when found. As well as lost mode and play sound. So maybe when whoever boots it back up something will happen.

    Thanks
     
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    Could be good.. meaning bad for crooks. If it goes into Lost Mode LEAVE it in Lost Mode. Do not wipe it. Make it a royal PITA for them. Looks like it’s off.. likely someone trying to clear it. This happened to me.
     
  14. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    A two day hold iPhone 8plus. Don't ask. Lol! I had no say
     
  15. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    DAYUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, that's a lot of lost money. Did you scold your kid? :(
     
  16. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh yeah. I'm beyond mad. Had an iPhone 6 for two years. Was still in good shape, screen and all. Had this for two days and gets it stolen. Luckily we have the theft/loss insurance. But still. I'm f'n pissed
     
  17. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    Maybe it's God's way to tell you to buy the iPhone X ;)
     
  18. protoxx macrumors 6502a

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    Report to police. serial number imei number , etc.
    Report to carrier. They may want to see police report. They can mark it as stolen/blacklisted. Make it more difficult to use.
     
  19. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I mean what do you do? I'm mad he was careless. But it's not his fault it was stolen. And he's 14. So it's not like he's 10. So, hopefully it'll turn up in the next day or two..... yeah right.
     
  20. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. Already did that.
     
  21. Ashton Cofer macrumors member

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    Make sure that Find My iPhone is set to put into lost mode when turned on. Right now the thief has fully powered off the phone but it will notify you and you'll get the location as soon as it turns on. As soon as you get the location, call the police and have them go there.

    Unless the thief is extremely experienced in stealing phones or he decides to completely destroy the phone when he can't get in, you should be able to get it back eventually. The only way for the thief to get it back into factory condition and unlocked is by opening up the casing and modifying the phone's hardware (which is extremely difficult).

    I had my iPhone stolen a couple years ago and though the thief powered off the phone, I had it set so that I got his location as soon as it powered on. The police were able to track down the thief and I got my phone back.
     
  22. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Both sound and lost mode are pending "when this iPhone connects to the Internet". Is that what you mean?
     
  23. protoxx macrumors 6502a

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    Don't delete from account. If you delete it release and loss or erase mode and they can then activate it.
     
  24. FortWorthMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Gotcha. Thanks!
     
  25. pat500000 Suspended

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    Did you buy from att? I haven't purchased my phone from them in a long time, but I think they offer insurance for lost phone?
     

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