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    got mugged..

    i'm wondering if i can still track my 3g ipad when the 3g is turned off? wifi is still turned on. currently it's not showing the location on mobileme because i'm assuming the robbers turned the device off, but eventually they might turn it back on. if the tracking still does work with 3g turned off, does the ipad need to be connected to a wifi hotspot in order to be tracked?

    also, what are the best actions to take when your iPad with 3g service is stolen? i got my police report filed. i have the serial # for the device (but didn't report them to the police yet.. should i?).

    if it helps at all, i had a passcode on the ipad so i'm pretty sure it is useless to the robbers..

    thanks for your help.

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    Give all information to the police asap.
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    okay will do.

    can anyone tell me if the tracking will still work with the conditions described in my first post?

    i just don't want to waste my time keeping my eyes glued on mobileme if there's no chance of getting results.

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    I think you will only be able to track it once it finds an open wifi. At you had the pass lock on! Sorry it got stolen. .

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    ouch.. i seriously hope that's not the case.

    i suppose i could remove the passcode through mobileme but i'm not sure if that's a smart move.

    is it possible for them to wipe my ipad without my passcode? and if they did, i'm assuming mobileme won't track my ipad anymore even when connected to 3g or wifi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayo7 View Post
    ouch.. i seriously hope that's not the case.

    i suppose i could remove the passcode through mobileme but i'm not sure if that's a smart move.

    is it possible for them to wipe my ipad without my passcode? and if they did, i'm assuming mobileme won't track my ipad anymore even when connected to 3g or wifi?
    You won't be able to wipe it or find it unless it connects via wifi. It has to have a connection if your 3G is off.

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    It is possible for them to wipe it by just restoring and setting up as a new iPad using iTunes I'm afraid...
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    Quote Originally Posted by f4780y View Post
    It is possible for them to wipe it by just restoring and setting up as a new iPad using iTunes I'm afraid...
    DFU mode has it's downsides!
    Yeah I believe it is one of my friends came to me with a 3GS passcode and all and I was able to set up completely new with DFU. He then told me after i fixed it that he "found" it. But hopefully someone trying to steal and iPad dosent know enough. I hope you get your iPad back.

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    thanks for the information everyone.

    based on their character, i highly doubt that the muggers have any knowledge or equipment to restore it.

    i'm guessing the ipad will either be sold, or tossed.

    i sent a lock request through mobileme, so if the device is ever connected to the internet, i should be getting a notification. i'll just have to wait.

    in the mean time, i will report the serial # to apple as a stolen device.
    i will get the serial # to the police.
    i will cancel my AT&T data plan.

    anything else i should do?

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    Looks as if you do all that you have done everything you can do! Keep and eye on that MobileMe hopefully someone makes a mistake and comes next to pass free wifi. If you really wanted to try and remove the passcode you never know!


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