Will stolen iPhone stay in Lost Mode after new phone is activated?

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  1. goodem macrumors newbie

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    After my iPhone 4S was stolen Friday night, I put it in Lost Mode. It was off at the time, but I got an email this morning confirming that it went into Lost Mode at 8:09am. Since it was clear to me I was never going to see my phone again, I bought and activated a new one.

    Will the old one stay in Lost Mode now that I have a new phone? Or does it just stay locked? Or...? What happens to the old phone exactly?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it will stay in lost mode. If you use the find my iphone app, you'll now have two phones listed. Each device is listed and treated separately.
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    It can be restored and reused by someone else. Unless it was in Lost Mode and with iPhone OS 7 in it. Then you'll have a checkmate for the finder trying to use it.
     
  4. goodem thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome! Thanks! I see that now. If it's in lost mode, will they be able to restore it?

    ETA: @jav6454 Bummer. I'm pretty sure it was OS 6 :-/ Thanks for the info!
     
  5. inselstudent macrumors 6502a

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    Yes they will. Only with iOS 7 there'll be a new feature called activation lock which ties a phone to one specific apple id and to activate the phone after restoring it, you have to enter that apple id and the password. Which makes stolen phones unusable.

    Edit: ah well, should have read the other replies first :)
     
  6. goodem thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No worries! It's all helpful. And I feel less bad knowing 7 isn't out yet. Still burned that they are going to be able to use my phone. Then again, if someone is willing risk their lives by retrieving a phone from the subway tracks, perhaps they needed it more than I did!
     
  7. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Well, worries such as this are going to be long gone when iPhone OS 7 hits. Hopefully.
     
  8. inselstudent macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah..except for all the users of iPhones prior to the fourth version, and I guess there are still quite a few of those even today.
     

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