got mugged..

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    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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    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...
    DFU mode has it's downsides!
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    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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    Wonder if you had a wallpaper such as this.. criminals are fairly dumb. Though sometimes too dumb (to keep going with it!)

    [​IMG]
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    This program might help your tracking problem

    We have installed Device Locator and I believe it works even when the device is off. www.device-locator.com
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    That sux dude. Hopefully they connect it and they can catch them
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    I wonder if that's what Will I Am (from the Black eyed Peas) had in his last year he car got broken into and iPad was stolen, police was able to locate some how with something he had in it on app on it, I remember hearing about it on the news.....and that was before I ever got one
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    Come on now, let's be realistic. That is like saying it can track any random rock in the world. Sure it can, if you strap a GPS and cellphone to it to it.

    Now if you mean log location via GPS while the iPhone/iPad is not connected to the Internet, yes it supposedly can do that. But the OP has no way to install this app. Personally I think the Website looks amateurish--there is a post about the system being down and unable to log any locations for a period of time.



    Michael
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    Unfortunately, it won't help with this situation, but for the future I have 3 suggestions:

    Get a gun!
    Train, train, train (learn how to use it)!
    Carry it everywhere you legally can!
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    Too bad about your loss. Ideally there will be a way to track these based on a hardware number such as the MAC address, that way, if the device ever has connectivity, it will show up. Unfortunately, most apps use software which can be disabled. Maybe LoJack will come up with something, they have for laptop PCs.
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    I wish apple would track the devices serial #, seeing how the ipad is useless without downloading apps on it, and the serial # stays the same even if you wipe the device.. but they won't do it.

    my advice to everyone is this: keep your 3g antenna on, even if you're not using it. i think it would have lead to finding the device and the arresting of the muggers. and be aware of your surroundings when you're walking alone, even in "safe", well-lit areas. it happened right behind a starbucks that was still open.
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    Interesting advice...


    I hope this person is joking, because a $500 piece of glass and metal is not worth anybody's life.
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    MobileMe will show the last known location the device was on seen on the map, along with how long ago, in case it pops back up on the grid without you knowing about it.

    Just don't do a remote wipe if you want track it. Once a remote wipe is done, the iPad will no longer be tracked. Leaving the pass lock active will keep anyone from accessing anything as well as keep the tracking software active as long as there is no forced DFU performed.

    Hopefully someone will try and turn it on within a hotspot and you will see where it may turn up. If a lot of time passes, you can always do a remote wipe for peace of mind. Hope that you get your iPad back.

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