3G activation and tracking stolen iPad

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    I'm new to the forum so I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right spot but I had a question that hopefully you guys might be able to help me with. I recently had my iPad stolen and I think I might know who the culprit is. It was an iPad wifi+3G. I know you can restore the device to factory settings and I cancelled the 3G service on it. My question is would I be able to track the device if the person decided to set up the 3G? Like would I be able to call apple and give them thus serial and see who was paying for the month to month service if they set it up? I don't have the find my iPad app on my device nor do I have mobile me? Your guys help would be much appreciated. Thanks
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    Apple does not do any tracking of lost/stole iOS devices. FindMyiPhone is the only possibility Apple provides of tracking a device. You can still call Apple and tell them your iPad is lost/stolen, so if someone where to hand it back to Apple, they would have the means of contacting you, but in no way does Apple actively track stolen devices.

    I am afraid, that there isn't much you can do to track your device now.
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    So even if I reported the device stolen and someone was paying for month to month service on that stolen serial number they won't do nothing about it?
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    There was this local radio talk show host here just recently ~ his wife left her iphone at the park . He contacted Apple and asked to track it and they told him that he must first file a police report and have the police contact them, and they will only give out that information to the police.

    I thought it very interesting.
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    I find it odd that a serial that's known stolen would have pretty much map to the culprit I.e the credit card info of the person using the stolen device and apple won't do nothing about it?
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    Perhaps they simply want it confirmed that the iPad is really stolen. After all, anyone could claim that an iPad is stolen and ask Apple to track it for them. Without proof of a crime (like a police report) it could easily be someone playing games, getting even, or looking for information on a potential victim.

    Would you want Apple to hand over information about your devices on someones unsupported say so, without any proof or record that there had been a crime?

    If your iPad has been stolen, file a police report, tell you them who you think stole it and why. Give them the serial number information and everything else you have about the device. After all, that is what they are paid for.
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    Ok what if that person decided to registered the device after I reported the serial # stolen? Would they notify me and say this person has it? Im pretty sure I know who the culprit is so this is why I'm being so adamant
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    Apple, probably not on their own. The police would have to ask.

    I don't even want to think of the problems a company could get itself into by trying to play detective, and to do it for free. Hey, I like Apple's products but I know better than to think they are philanthropists.

    And it would mean that Apple would actually have to have someone (probably several someones) who did nothing but trace devices registrations and report discrepancies. After all, do it for one person and you're going to have to do it for everyone.

    If there is any company that would do more I've never heard of it.

    It's a job for the police. Let them do it.
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    all 3G devices have IMEI code - this can be tracked immediately on all GPRS/ cellphone networks.... even if the sim is changed
    the IMEI is printed on the box of the ipad....

    Quote the IMEI to the police and they will alert the cellphone service advisors to track the device

    All the best - I hope you find your stolen ipad... I know how devastating it is lose one...
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    In my home country you could give this IMEI number to the police and they would send an SMS to the stolen GSM every few minutes. This would prevent for the GSM to be sold on. I do not know if this service still exists and if it would be possible for an Ipad 3G.

    There also was / is this Iphone app that would sound an alarm if there was sudden movement. That should work on the IPad as well. Just forgot the name.

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    And then what? Here ~ Apple won't do anything unless there is a police report filed. They won't tell you who has it or where it is.

    Not sure what they do after the police report, though!
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    It will not bring the phone back, but makes it less interesting to steal one. Now they want to change the law as well that providers have to block the IMEI. Phone provders do not want to block stolen phones from being used again, because it brings money in the pocket.

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    If Apple would start to give out addresses I dont want to think about what could happen. People start to seek justice by themselves......scary.

    Curious to know if / what they do when a report is made.

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    I don't know about the US but here in the UK they would almost certainly fall foul of the data protection act if they gave out addreses with serious consequences for them. Also, if they gave out addresses, even in the US, it would only take one error for a law suit the size of the moon to be heading in their direction!

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    If Apple would start to give out addresses I dont want to think about what could happen. People start to seek justice by themselves......scary.

    Curious to know if / what they do when a report is made.

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    I don't really know, J. A local radio talk show here told his story recently about his wife leaving her brand new iPhone at the park. So they called Apple and they would not do anything, because, of course, they aren't going to give out addresses.

    They told him that they could do nothing without a police report and they will deal directly with the police, only.

    Interesting, huh? I don't have the ending of this story though!

    Sorry!:)
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    I have this find my iphone/ipad app that i got for free from itunes, thing is this app only works for the ipad, but not on my iphone 3g. From the phone i can see where the ipad is, but from the ipad i cannot see where the iphone is, it only shows itself (ipad) which is rather useless

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    It would be good if Apple would have a policy to assist when a report has been made. That Apple does not do anything without a report I can understand.

    Maybe a bit OT, but if you buy in CH a car your numberplate goes in a database. Anyone can, by sending an sms to a number get the homeaddress of the registered owner. You can remove yourself from this database, but by default you are in. A friend of mine got in an accident and it was not handled correctly. Suddenly one evening this guy was standing in front of her door.

    If Apple would give out information to just anybody would be wrong. However, to assist the police would be a thumbs up to Apple.

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    Yes, I totally agree, what a brilliant idea!
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    But surely we are talking about stolen iPads, wouldn't Apples database have address and contact details of the person they stole it from.......which is kind of pointless.......what the police need is for apple to track it if stolen, it won't give a name and not necessarily even an accurate address. It's a slightly more difficult problem I think. Unless the thief connects to a valid iTunes account.....I guess some would be that stupid?

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