How Can You Get Your Stolen iPhone Back?

It would seem that the cold hand of technology is finally catching up with the not-long enough arm of the law. If you lose your iPhone, do you know what you can do to get it back? Are you prepared or were you ever a Boy or Girl Scout? In any case, here are some thoughts about stolen iPhones, no matter what kind of scout you were.

In San Francisco, an iPhone that was being used to test a new, real time tracking GPS tracking application was swiped out a woman’s hand. Police found the thief just nine minutes later as the phone hadn’t missed a single one of his moves! The woman holding the phone was an intern working for the software’s producer, Mountain View-based Covia labs. The whole incident happened as if on cue. The CEO from Covia, David Kahn, had sent the young woman into the street for a demonstration when a man, Horatio Toure, snatched it from her grasp and made a speedy getaway on a bicycle.

There are several applications on the market that are there to help if your iPhone is stolen. Some of them include:

Apple’s MobileMe

This online subscription service offers Find My iPhone, a service, which utilizes a GPS and Google maps to help owners locate lost or stolen iPhones. This application can also forces the iPhone to play a sound for two minutes to aid in the location process. To use the Find My iPhone service, a subscription payment of $99 per year is required after a free two-month trial.


This is considered the best theft-tracking and remote control utility for Apple iPhone. If your phone goes missing, log onto the site to find out where it was last located. You can also send text messages or make calls without your iPhone! The way it works is if your iPhone is stolen, log onto the site and send yourself a text message. If the thief changed the sim card, you have instant access to their phone number.

Mobile Spy 3.0

This special software for Apple iPhone comes from Retina-X studios and it allows users to track GPS locations, SMS messages by logging into SSL secured online control panel from any computer or phone’s web browser. It is priced at $99.97 for a one-year subscription and after it is installed, it records SMS messages, GPS locations and call activities, and then uploads the data to your private Mobile Spy secure online account.


This free security program alerts you when your iPhone is connected to another individual’s computer. It will also track down the location of your device. When your missing iPhone is being plugged in to a computer, you will receive an email saying that your tracked device is being located, and by logging onto the web site,  a detailed report on where it is being used.

All in all, technology is advancing on the criminal element in the world of telecommunications; make sure you’re taking advantage of it.

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  1. Kerri says:

    all this sounds great but it seems I needed to be more proactive. But it is too late for me to subscribe to one of these phone locators, Mine was stolen 2 days ago. police report has been filed, Att has been notified. Now what?

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