[Before this story, a caveat: In almost 20 years of working in the same office building, our company has never had any theft of equipment. It's a rather secure building and it is managed by some real pros, as you'll see in a moment. Second caveat: Of all the things I've ever purchased from Apple, I have considered the MobileMe service the least impressive (translation: lamest) -- until now.]
I realized on the way home last night that I had left my iPhone on my desk, which, no big deal, I do about once a week. However, when I arrived at work this morning, it was gone. Usually, when that occurs, I check Find my iPhone, a GPS tracking feature that is part of Apple’s “MobileMe” service.* (Or, as I believe I’ve called it on this blog before, the secret iPhone-owning-teenager tracking feature.)
100% of the time before today, I’ve seen that my phone was at my home, in my car or at my office.
However, today, it went something like this:
1. I discovered the phone was in this house across town.
2. With a couple of clicks over to Google, I used street view to get a better view of the house. I sent a couple of alert messages to the phone, offering a reward. But when that didn’t work, we provided the address to the building’s management.
Note to people who want to steal stuff: Don’t steal stuff with GPS built in. You never know who’s tracking you.
*To further clarify this, “Find my Phone” is not an iPhone App*. It’s part of MobileMe, a subscription service.
[Updated: There is no such thing anymore as MobileMe. And Find my phone <i>is</i> an iPhone app.]