Tracking iPhone with serial number

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by misfiringsystem, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. misfiringsystem macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2010
    I went to the Apple store and they didn't give me a clear answer, so I just wondering if there's anyone with experience with this.

    Can someone ask Apple to flag his/her iPhone's serial number in the event it is stolen, so if anyone tries to use it, or bring it in for warranty at Apple store, Apple would catch it?

    On the other hand, what's stopping a seller from doing the same thing, sell the iPhone, and call Apple and tell them his/her iPhone's been stolen (effectively screwing the buyer over)?

    *I'm looking in buying a used iPhone
  2. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    What is apple supposed to do if they flag your serial number?
  3. PaHtSaN macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2010
    And why would a seller do that?
  4. misfiringsystem thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2010
    Matthew Yohe: I don't know what is Apple supposed to do, I'm wondering if Apple does that (like say, flags the serial number, and if they see it, they will notify the owner)

    PaHtSaN: Get money from the buyer and get his/her iPhone back at the same time.
  5. crawsfire macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2010
    Apple doesn't care but you can report your imei to your carrier as lost/stolen and they will blacklist it. In a perfect world that would require a police report, it's not a perfect world.
    There isn't anything that would stop a thief (other than the phones capabilities) from just using a different carrier with the phone.
    I have heard that if you get the imei blacklisted on one carrier it will, in time, migrate to all the other carriers. This seems highly unlikely to me.
  6. PaHtSaN macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2010
    The maximum they could do is shut down the phone so its useless (if that, not sure), they aren't going to send a search and rescue team for your iPhone.
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Neither will happen.
    Apple does not do that and they dont care if your phone got lost or stolen. Thats your problem, they're not the police to "catch it".


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