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(CBS 46 Atlanta)   Another iPhone robbery foiled by the suspect's inability to turn the thing off before Find My iPhone comes on   (cbsatlanta.com) divider line 5
    More: Fail, Find My iPhone, iPhone, Peachtree Street, University of South Alabama, Erin Moran, Customs Enforcement, Jeep Wrangler, robbery  
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9777 clicks; posted to Main » on 09 Oct 2012 at 12:45 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-10-09 09:56:53 AM  
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We could foil nearly all of these if carriers refused to activate phones that were reported stolen.

But that might eat into their profits.
2012-10-09 01:09:23 PM  
1 votes:
You can set the iPhone to erase itself after 10 incorrect pin entries.

However, if you have so-called "friends" like mine, they will do it on purpose just to be stupid.
2012-10-09 01:03:54 PM  
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Asa Phelps: We could foil nearly all of these if carriers refused to activate phones that were reported stolen.

But that might eat into their profits.


Im more shocked that the cops actually took the time to track it down, and didnt just pull the " sorry, we have murderers and rapists to chase with our overworked detectives. We dont have time for your silly little toy. Here is a police report so you can turn it in to your insurance company. good luck." move.

And I'll second that comment. Why I can give my carrier a police report indicating that my property was forcibly removed from my posession and they dont care and will continue to allow that new phone to be used blows my mind. If I report my car stolen the thief cant get new plates, so whats the difference? 

I heard one argument about false reports etc, but come on. At least accept a valid police report and lock it.
2012-10-09 12:59:44 PM  
1 votes:
How much longer is it going to take for these morons to get it that you cannot steal an iPhone?

factoryconnection: Doesn't the thing lock up after repeated, incorrect PIN entries?



It has nothing to do with the Pin. You can deactivate an iPhone from Apple's site. Once this happens, the phone is dead; nothing works. It can only be reactivated by Apple and they will only do it for the registered owner.
2012-10-09 12:54:56 PM  
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Arthur Jumbles: Asa Phelps: We could foil nearly all of these if carriers refused to activate phones that were reported stolen.

But that might eat into their profits.

Damn, you beat me to it. Cell phone theft and the violence that follows it would end in a second if the profit motive was removed from the equation.


You guys realize the reason they tracked these people down so quickly was the phone's internal tracking system?

/ take away the midnight releases and the hype; that might actually do something for thefts.
 
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