Stolen iPhone Apps

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  1. Lester

    Lester Well-Known Member

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    In light of Beth's stolen phone saga, what apps do you guys use to track your stolen phones? The only 2 I have heard of is the found my phone app and the prey. Is one better then the other?
     
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    what's an App?
     
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    Unless you have proof it is at a specific location, there is nothing the cops will do.

    Recently my daughter had hers stolen at school.
    Tracked it via Sprints family locator part of this http://www.locationlabs.com/locator/
    They also have a few other items http://www.safely.com/

    Problem was darn kid that stole it left it in his car parked in a street.
    Unfortunately that particular street only had a 60-90 foot max accuracy.
    Even though cops went by, too many cars were parked there.

    Next morning Warned the Kid via Text(on daughters phone)
    that we have the phone with GPS Tracking and told him to turn it in to principal and NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
    Sure enough a few hours later a call came in from the School that the phone was turned in.
     
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    Lester Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I know the prey, can take a picture of the person as they try to use your phone which is pretty awesome. I think most thieves know to turn the phone off to avoid the GPS location tracking. It would be pretty cool if you could remotely turn the phone on to track it.
     
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    As I understand it:
    First thing a "thief" does is hard reset...Wiping everything
    So, installed Apps only good for common street folk.

    The service I linked to is based on the Phone GPS & Cell site information itself.
    Even if GPS is disabled will still narrow down the location.

    I just did a test on my phone (from inside my house with crappy reception):

    With GPS "on" accuracy within 25 yards (but center is within a few feet of where I'm located in house)

    With GPS "off" accuracy within .75 mile (but center is about 1000 feet of where i'm located)


    oh..and NO iPhones for us.