I write this blog to the strains of “Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”.
This past Sunday was nearly perfect, but somewhere between brunch with friends and an afternoon museum visit, I lost my iPad.
And the most frustrating thing is, the person who found it did not return it. So now it’s officially stolen and more importantly gone. Damn.
Of course I’m pissed at myself first and foremost, for not checking that it was in my bag before leaving the restaurant. Then secondly, for not registering for Mobile me when I intended to – namely, several times over the past year. Thirdly, for not saving up on the side to be able to replace it right away. Triple damn.
Let my experience be your gain. A few answers upfront. No it is not possible to activate Mobile me after you lose the iPad. No way. No amount of wishful thinking will magically make it so. The only thing that the nice man on the Apple Care hotline said is that they will block the serial number so that registration for the same iPad will trigger an alarm and they will “do their best” to alert the authorities.
And no, my insurance does not cover “simple theft”, only if it had been stolen from my home. That would have been presumably “complicated” theft, and thus worthy of a legit insurance claim. Perhaps a policy taken out especially for the iPad would have helped in this case, but again, it’s too late.
In case you were wondering, it IS possible for T-mobile to locate the iPad using the IP address BUT they only do that kind of thing when it’s a matter of life and death, because it’s too expensive.
There are alternatives to Mobile Me such as iHound, TapTrace, FoneHome or spy software like Mobile-spy which may appeal to some because they cost less than Apple’s service. Still, they require installation on the device itself and does not help in cases like mine.
So the moral of the story is: get Mobile me or alternative and/or invest in gadget insurance and save up for a rainy day.
There is no happy ending to this story. I had to change all my passwords for all my sites, cancel my mobile internet, and to rearrange my habits to using my laptop and iPhone 4 instead of the iPad.
To top things off, our cat Angel no longer has his fave device-as-mat. He’s pissed too.