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Find My iPhone uses cell phone or wifi triangulation to determine the approximate location of your phone (or iPad or iPod touch) and allows you to send a message to the device (offering a reward, for example), remotely lock it, remotely add a passcode lock, and remotely wipe the data. Two important caveats to the service: first, the device must be powered on to report its location, in our case whoever found the phone promptly turned it off and then probably pulled the SIM card out to keep it from connecting to the network. Second, you need to either log into the MobileMe website from a computer or use the “Find My iPhone” app from another device in order to access the location, send a message, or wipe the device. In our case, the iPhone was our only device, but we could have used a laptop to access the MobileMe website.
Check out Apple’s video, featuring a lost and found iPhone HERE.
We plan to upgrade to the new iOS 4.2 as soon as we return home from our travels. We’re very happy the “Find My iPhone” service is now FREE for iPhone4, iPad, and iPod Touch 4 users as this may help prevent others from experiencing the stress and difficulties of a lost or stolen iPhone.
Go to your iTunes account to download the new iOS 4.2, which is a free software upgrade from Apple.
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