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Police in Pittsburgh, Penn. credit the "Find My IPhone" feature offered with Apple's MobileMe service for solving a recent burglary. The service is available (along with the rest of MobileMe) for $99/year for iPhone users.  (Source: Apple)
Apple's feature helps more users locate lost property

When the "Find My iPhone" security feature was announced as part of the iPhone OS v3.0, some security analysts complained that it would likely do little good.  After all, all crooks would need to do to disable it was to remove the SIM card from stolen phones or turn the phone off. It seemed likely that most wouldn't foolish enough to leave it on, transmitting its location to Apple.  

Well it turns out that many are.  Not long after the phone's release several users reported retrieving lost phones in humorous confrontations.  Now police in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA have credited the feature with solving the case of a recent burglary.

Over the weekend three suspects reportedly robbed a home in the Shadyside suburb of Pittsburgh.  Police in  North Versailles (another suburb) were tipped off by the victim to search a specific location, which the victim's "Find My iPhone" service was pointing to.  The police showed up and nabbed three suspects, along with the stolen iPhone, a stolen pellet gun, and other stolen property. 

The Find My iPhone service does not come for free with the hot smartphone.  Rather, it comes as part of the $99/year MobileMe package from Apple.  The service includes Find My iPhone, email/calendar sync, photo gallery space, and iDisk online backup.  Most of these other services only replicate free functionality from Google, Flickr and others, but the locater service is apparently proving its worth, at least.

Losing your phone is always a painful experience, but it appears that Apple's solution may actually be successful in significantly raising your chances of getting it back.




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MAC
By Netopia on 8/31/2009 12:53:50 PM , Rating: 5
I think it would be smarter if they associated the phone with the MAC address rather than the SIM card. That way, if the phone was stolen and the person was paying for the service, it wouldn't matter what the crook did, if they used the phone at all, they could be traced.

Joe




RE: MAC
By sprockkets on 8/31/2009 2:07:12 PM , Rating: 2
The dumb part is, any phone could be found this way, but no one does it. Probably this is done to make sure you can buy new phones from the carrier.


RE: MAC
By chick0n on 8/31/2009 3:05:25 PM , Rating: 3
I find this very funny.

When any other company try this "locate your phone" feature, ppl gonna cry about privacy and tons of other bullshit.

but when Apple release it, everyone seems to be OK with it :(

People are stupid enough to lose their phone in the first place.

Anyway. F-Apple and their iGarbage shit.


RE: MAC
By sprockkets on 8/31/2009 4:18:45 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
I find this very funny. When any other company try this "locate your phone" feature, ppl gonna cry about privacy and tons of other bullshit. but when Apple release it, everyone seems to be OK with it :( People are stupid enough to lose their phone in the first place. Anyway. F-Apple and their iGarbage shit.


Uh, might be because this is an opt-in feature, that, you know, you have to sign up for and subscribe to.


RE: MAC
By jklauderdale on 9/1/2009 9:12:01 AM , Rating: 3
While I'm not a huge fan of Apple's products, being the first to market isn't a reason to slam them.

1: This is a voluntary (albeit overpriced) service
2: The phone wasn't lost, it was stolen
3: Using this overpriced voluntary service, the police were able to recover the stolen phone.
4: Learn to read the article before you start with your acne ridden trolling.


RE: MAC
By croc on 8/31/2009 10:02:55 PM , Rating: 5
GSM phones don't have 'MAC' addresses. They have IMEI's (international mobile equipment identifier). And they also are serialised, but that requires a physical tear-down. A SIM card is 'tied' to that IMEI per the GSM standards. New SIM card, same IMEI. Theoretically, any carrier that complies with the GSM standards can track that IMEI. Unfortunately, US carriers seem to think that adherence to standards is for 'others', so in the US it seems to be very difficult if not impossible to either blacklist or track an IMEI. Why the GSM association ever allowed the US carriers to have GSM licenses is still a sore subject in much of the rest of the standards compliant GSM community.


RE: MAC
By sprockkets on 9/1/2009 1:27:15 AM , Rating: 2
I guess CDMA or Verizon, who doesn't use SIM cards (still that way right? Because I think Sprint uses them) could black list their devices or track them.

One other device that was easily banned, from the very old days, was the Palm 7/7x/i705.


Nothing new
By eddieroolz on 8/31/2009 9:25:52 PM , Rating: 2
Japan's been doing this for years now. There's nothing new.




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Damnit
By Regs on 8/31/09, Rating: -1
RE: Damnit
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/31/2009 12:22:31 PM , Rating: 5
The only crooks that read DT are software/music pirates ;)


RE: Damnit
By Regs on 8/31/2009 12:24:12 PM , Rating: 4
I imagine the demographic for DT is age 18-22 in college and broke, so that does not suprise me.


RE: Damnit
By Dwezil on 8/31/2009 12:33:14 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I should stop coming to this site then, I don't match those demographics at all... not to mention that I don't steal music or movies either.


RE: Damnit
By Regs on 8/31/2009 1:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
No, but when you see an article that targets DRM, copyright laws, RIAA fines, free market vs controlled market, ..... Don't.


RE: Damnit
By crimson117 on 8/31/2009 4:44:18 PM , Rating: 3
Not much of a claim, considering no one steals music / movies. They infringe copyrights.


RE: Damnit
By PrinceGaz on 9/1/2009 7:35:35 AM , Rating: 2
You forgot the video and book pirates :) I know someone who visits this site and pirates software, music, videos, and books ;)


RE: Damnit
By randomposter on 8/31/2009 12:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
Strung out meth-heads do not read DT. They are out on the streets looking for anything valuable they can steal in order to quickly flip it for $25 so they can get their next fix.


RE: Damnit
By MadMan007 on 8/31/2009 12:48:20 PM , Rating: 1
The irony is that strung out addicts are exactly the personality type that Apple would love to have as customers.


RE: Damnit
By Regs on 8/31/2009 12:59:59 PM , Rating: 5
"Quick *snort* how do I turn this freakin thing off!"

Actually, it took me a couple of minutes to figure out how to turn an Ipod off. Apple is too clever, too cool, to have an on-and-off button. That's so 2004.


RE: Damnit
By tastyratz on 8/31/2009 1:11:30 PM , Rating: 3
The real crooks are apple.
99 a year is gouging for what it is. While its obviously useful in some instances especially this one - the package is hardly a justifiable amount.
Realistically it should be offered at 4.99 a month to be reasonable - because thats about what you pay for phone "insurance" anyways.
Unless you frequently have data to backup (which you don't do) worth $75 a year - why would you care for this over a free new phone plan?


RE: Damnit
By nafhan on 8/31/2009 1:51:42 PM , Rating: 3
4.99 a month for a service that, essentially, costs nothing to provide is still gouging. Insurance, at least, costs something to the service provider and the charge for insurance spreads the cost of replacing or reparing the device across the user base of those paying for insurance.
I think this is right up there with charging a monthly fee for GPS service on a phone that has GPS hardware built in.


RE: Damnit
By Mojo the Monkey on 8/31/2009 1:53:14 PM , Rating: 2
A free service through several android apps, if I cam not mistaken.


RE: Damnit
By mpjesse on 8/31/2009 2:53:41 PM , Rating: 1
While I agree that $99 a year is probably $10 or $20 too much, I'd hardly call $99 price gouging. I've had MobileMe since it launched and while it was buggy initially, I have to say it's been worth the price tag. The ability to wirelessly sync all my contacts and appointments, without having to do a thing, is huge for me. Sure you can do all that by manually syncing, but that requires time. I don't know about you but not having to sync my phone every single day is worth 27 cents a day. Maybe your time simply isn't valuable enough? This mentality is common among low wage earners. Find a better job, sir.

p.s. Insurance isn't available on the iPhone through AT&T


RE: Damnit
By sprockkets on 8/31/2009 4:20:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
This mentality is common among low wage earners. Find a better job, sir.


No thanks. I like my job where it allows me to still have a personal life.


RE: Damnit
By omnicronx on 8/31/2009 6:32:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The ability to wirelessly sync all my contacts and appointments, without having to do a thing, is huge for me. Sure you can do all that by manually syncing, but that requires time. I don't know about you but not having to sync my phone every single day is worth 27 cents a day.
Won't sync with my work contacts/appointments anyways, so I could care less. Unless all your contacts/appointments are personal (which they rarely are), I really don't see the benefit. MS has a similar (although free) service that does pretty much the same thing, yet while cool at first, I have absolutely no use for it.

I just wonder how often do you need to sync your contacts? And what kind of appointments are you syncing and with what? Any appointments that I do not have in my email are personal and would have been inputted into the phone first anyways. Don't know about other people but it seems that for the average user, 99$ is far too much.


RE: Damnit
By mpjesse on 9/2/2009 12:29:07 PM , Rating: 2
I have to modify my contacts on a near daily basis. As for appointments I'm constantly adding/modifying them 2-3x a day. Since i split my time between my iPhone and my MacBook, MobileMe is of incredibe value to me. Example: I'm at a client meeting and I'm told my client's office number has changed. Instead of having to make the change twice (once on my phone and once on my contacts list in my MacBook), I only make the change once in my phone. Same goes for appointments. I work in sales and being able to seamlessly make these changes across all platforms is oh so nice. I LOVE the concept of cloud computing. Now if someone would only like salesforce.com to MobileMe my life would be complete!!!


RE: Damnit
By tastyratz on 9/1/2009 9:26:42 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
This mentality is common among low wage earners. Find a better job, sir.

Find a smaller throne.

News flash: It's called valuing your dollar - and that mentality has nothing to do with your income level, or your high horse. Whether your making 6 figures or 3 figures a year you still understand when something is a reasonable price or not.
The capabilities might be WORTH that much to you in time savings, etc... but they do not provide a service valued at 99/yr. Suckers are born every minute though right?

A text message cost of 10 cents per message is WORTH the money to send one to normal people... but it is not VALUED anywhere near 10 cents as they likely cost the provider fractions of a penny each. Just because we are willing to pay 10 cents does not mean that 1000%+ markup is anything short of gouging.


RE: Damnit
By Shadowself on 8/31/2009 2:18:32 PM , Rating: 1
The vast majority of the readers/posters here are so absolutely anti Apple that they would never be caught alive or dead having anything Apple in their possession let alone steal one.

Besides, several of the techniques for disabling any ability for this service to track the phone have already been widely published. This is the case of one robbery solved through this service. I'd expect this is a tiny fraction of all the iPhones that have been stolen since this service was implemented. I seriously doubt this service is solving many crimes.

At best this is a convenience thing. If you are very absent minded and want to have an iPhone then this service might be worthwhile for you. Otherwise it is not (with the exception of a few, rare, truly stupid crooks).


RE: Damnit
By smackababy on 8/31/2009 2:25:46 PM , Rating: 2
It would seem the vast majority of crooks are stupid. Something like 3 out of 4 bank robberies are solved, while only 1 in 5 murders are. So, if you want that iPhone, you're better off killing the guy for it instead of just stealing it.


RE: Damnit
By omnicronx on 8/31/2009 6:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well to be fair, 4/4 of those robberies probably had the perps on camera, meanwhile you may not want to quit your day job if you plan on murdering people on camera or in a public place ;)


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By SilthDraeth on 8/31/09, Rating: -1
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