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.