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Ha, thief got what he deserved and funny he had other warrants pending.
I don't understand... Was th thief dumb enough to be using the victims phone? As in making calls with his account? From what I know a thief can shut the phone off and though the phone can be remotely turned back on most thieves go ahead and remove the SIM card immediately which conpletes makes any ind my phone app useless. After that it's just a matter of restoring the phone and installing a clean SIM card.
Of course it's nor full-proof, however if you're lucky (as lucky as you can be for just having your phone stolen), and your thief is not tech savvy then it's a great way to get your phone back.
If you own an android, root your phone, install avast and install their anti-theft as root. It then will not be removed, even on a hard reset. It becomes difficult to remove as there is a password and you can lock it down a whole lot. I can track my phone any time, even with a foreign sim card. As soon as it connects, I can find it, because with root, I have control over GPS. All via their website or text messages.
MM, that's pretty dang cool. So you can geo-locate it if you lost it, correct?
Mayhem, that's awesome! I didn't know such a program was available for mobile phones. If only iOS had this option!!! I've never known anyone to lose an iPhone or have it stolen to ever find it again especially using a find my phone app.