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#1363344 - 03/24/10 08:13 PM Lost/Stolen Iphone
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Anybody have any ideas on how to get back to good froma lost or stolen Iphone.

I believe it was left in a taxi Sunday night. However, later sunday night it was no longer going straight to my voicemail. This makes me think someone had already removed my SIM card. Hasnt shown up at Taxi lost and found...... So i am thinking its pretty much gone.

Anybody have any advice isntead of paying nearly 700 bucks for a new one? Not to mention the music, personal data that was on the phone frown
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#1363352 - 03/24/10 08:18 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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Pulling people out of the ditc...
seems to me if you are irresponsible enough to leave one in a taxi then likely you'd leave another smile if you had insurance from your provider, make a claim and get the new phone. If no insurance, you're gonna be paying out the wazoo for a replacement...

there are government programs that can pinpoint the location of any cell phone via GPS tracking, but getting them to use it for this reason is highly unlikely
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#1363353 - 03/24/10 08:18 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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go to AA and chalk it up as a lesson well learned... whistle
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#1363383 - 03/24/10 08:33 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone A_G
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Yes I was irresponsible(thanks dad), however this is most certainly the exception not the rule, as I have never lost a valuable possession(with the exception of my dignity).



and unfortunately ATT does not offer insurance on the phone -


I am fairly conifdent that ATT could locate it if they were so inclined via the IMEI number, but I would imagine its not in their interest to try and track it down

looks like i will be buying another... frown
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#1363389 - 03/24/10 08:36 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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#1363392 - 03/24/10 08:41 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone *BUSTER*
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I'm sorry to hear that. I thought the iPhone could be tracked by its GPS from a home computer. At least that what I thought was on a commercial.

But the good thing is, you didn't get that awkward string of text messages I sent to you early Monday morning. te-he
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#1363397 - 03/24/10 08:44 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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Originally Posted By: _Robbie_
Yes I was irresponsible(thanks dad), however this is most certainly the exception not the rule, as I have never lost a valuable possession(with the exception of my dignity).



and unfortunately ATT does not offer insurance on the phone -


I am fairly conifdent that ATT could locate it if they were so inclined via the IMEI number, but I would imagine its not in their interest to try and track it down

looks like i will be buying another... frown

What a bummer!
I worked for at&t, there is not a way to located it by IMEI numbers unless the person who stole it physically brings it into the store and registers the IMEI. Then they can search their database and see if that number has been registered. You could try asking them to do that, but they can't prove it was stolen, the person could say they "found" or bought it from someone. Try calling at&t customer care and asking for refurbished iphone prices. they have the same warranty as the new ones. i have had refurbished blackberries and never had a problem.
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#1363416 - 03/24/10 09:00 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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get an 80's brick phone or bag phone, you definitely can't mis-place or forget those
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#1363455 - 03/24/10 09:29 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone Peepers
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Oh, that would be so Zach Morris of him. Perfect thinking, Peepers!
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#1363570 - 03/25/10 12:04 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone Bacon Boy
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Who is this Robbie person who lost his dignity in the back of a taxi?
700.00 for a cell phone.........bahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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#1363845 - 03/25/10 03:41 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone pjs
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Maybe its cheaper for you to pay the early termination fee and get a new phone under a new contract with a new phone number?

Personally as an iphone user, if I lost or trashed my phone now I'd dump my ATT account eat the early termination fee and get myself a sweet Android based phone. I just object to too many things that Apple & ATT have done to cripple the iphone.

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#1363848 - 03/25/10 03:43 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone Plain Old Tom
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that is a good point(s) tom... thanks
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#1363850 - 03/25/10 03:45 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone Plain Old Tom
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Anyone have the Droid?

thoughts?

I'm thinking of switching from the BB to the Driod when I'm up in May.
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#1363852 - 03/25/10 03:47 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone A_G
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I have the HTC Droid which is slimmer and lighter than the Motorola and I LOVE IT! Very user friendly

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#1363894 - 03/25/10 04:18 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone A_G
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Originally Posted By: ma-ma-ma-Matthew
Anyone have the Droid?

thoughts?

I'm thinking of switching from the BB to the Driod when I'm up in May.


My DIL has the droid. When she finally knows how to use it I'll let you know. She cut me off last Friday 5 times while talking to me. That phone is heavy - would think you'd get tired of lugging it around. It does have all apps you want on it - GPS is one of them. She drove out to the house just to show me the tracking system and our house w/flower gardens eek

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#1363896 - 03/25/10 04:23 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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Originally Posted By: DoobyDoobyDoo
Yes I was irresponsible(thanks dad), however this is most certainly the exception not the rule, as I have never lost a valuable possession(with the exception of my dignity).



and unfortunately ATT does not offer insurance on the phone -


I am fairly conifdent that ATT could locate it if they were so inclined via the IMEI number, but I would imagine its not in their interest to try and track it down

looks like i will be buying another... frown


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#1363900 - 03/25/10 04:27 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone Bacon Boy
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Originally Posted By: BaconBoy
I'm sorry to hear that. I thought the iPhone could be tracked by its GPS from a home computer. At least that what I thought was on a commercial.

But the good thing is, you didn't get that awkward string of text messages I sent to you early Monday morning. te-he


I think that is a service you have to pay extra for. I have AT&T and just got an LG Arena. Looking through all the goodies they offer, GPS, TV, are all extra monthly charges. Even restricting the phone so that a tween or teen can use it costs you extra per month.

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#1363903 - 03/25/10 04:29 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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So i think I am just gonna hold up on a new phone and use and older one that I have.... I need to learn some patience as well as realize that I just cant replace things(especially expensive gives) whenever I want to, coupled with the fact that a new version will probably be release around june/july
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#1363906 - 03/25/10 04:31 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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::stops thinking of offer I was coming up with to buy DDD a new iPhone::
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#1363911 - 03/25/10 04:36 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone madukes
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I have AT&T and although I just signed a new contract in October, I can get a "discounted" rate on an iPhone if I want to upgrade now instead of waiting another year and a half. I looked online and I can get a refurbished 8GB one for $249 or a new one for $299. The other ones are available too, for more $ of course. I figured out that if I canceled my account though and paid the early termination fee of $150, I could get the same refurbished 8GB iPhone for $49 crazy So I would save money doing it that way. I think I'll just wait though, but if I really needed a replacement phone (as you do) I'd probably go the early termination route. And like someone else said, unless you really want the iPhone, you could then go to a different carrier and get a great deal on a droid or a different smartphone.
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#1363929 - 03/25/10 04:45 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone madukes
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Dooby, keep in mind too that Apple will probably be announcing a new version of the iphone soon with a release this summer. If you buy one now, you'll be ticked that you didn't get the new one. (Assumming of course they stick to the schedule they've had for the last few years.) Although apparently you already know that.

The GPS tracking thingy is part of MobileMe and costs $99 per year. Also it has to be installed on the phone prior to losing it so it won't do Dooby any good now. Its also very easy to disable so I'm not sure it would help much anyways.
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#1363932 - 03/25/10 04:46 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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Originally Posted By: Plain Old Tom
Dooby, keep in mind too that Apple will probably be announcing a new version of the iphone soon with a release this summer. If you buy one now, you'll be ticked that you didn't get the new one. (Assumming of course they stick to the schedule they've had for the last few years.)

The GPS tracking thingy is part of MobileMe and costs $99 per year. Also it has to be installed on the phone prior to losing it so it won't do Dooby any good now. Its also very easy to disable so I'm not sure it would help much anyways.
Originally Posted By: DoobyDoobyDoo
So i think I am just gonna hold up on a new phone and use and older one that I have.... I need to learn some patience as well as realize that I just cant replace things(especially expensive gives) whenever I want to, coupled with the fact that a new version will probably be released around june/july


thanks for the input folks.... now off to the GTL thread
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#1363950 - 03/25/10 04:56 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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#1363959 - 03/25/10 05:00 PM Re: Lost/Stolen Iphone doobydoobydoo
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...something something?

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