'Find My iPhone' set to be free for iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch 4G users

Apple said on Monday that it will offer the "Find My iPhone" feature of Mobileme to iOS 4.2 users at no cost.

"Find My iPhone" was previously available as part of Apple's MobileMe subscription package. MobileMe offers consumers an @me.com email address with push email, contacts and calendar support for Apple's range of mobile devices. The "Find My iPhone" service allows users to track, lock and wipe their devices remotely. iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users can all login to Apple's MobileMe site at me.com to track their devices. The MobileMe site allows users to also display a message on the device or play a sound.

The announcement of the free feature came as Apple is set to release iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple briefly mentioned the free service change as part of the iOS announcement:

"The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMeā„  subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Storeā„  and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy."

Find My iPhone will be available to iPhone 4, iPad and fourth-generation iPod Touch owners starting today.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Apple set to release iOS 4.2 today for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

Next Story

Verizon to launch its 4G network in December

43 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

When Apple leaves out an old phone from possible updates, in this case to burglars, it basically means "Take it, we made trash anyway."

rajputwarrior said,
i haven't updated my iphone since i bought it (jailbroken) but this alone is enough reason to.

I'm going to wait for a new jailbreak before I update.

DigitalE said,

I'm going to wait for a new jailbreak before I update.

I'm pretty sure that greenpois0n works on all current iphone 4's regardless of iOS version

bobcat said,
So the same free service HTC provide for free :-)

Which will be exactly the reason Apple now are offering the same free service... for free...

I'm not bashing HTC, i work for them, and i own an iPhone

chrispinto said,

I'm pretty sure that greenpois0n works on all current iphone 4's regardless of iOS version

I was right, it does but it's tethered

find my iphone is bs if your phone gets stolen or someone finds it and wants to keep it...all you have to do is turn it off. wow real secure.

Co_Co said,
find my iphone is bs if your phone gets stolen or someone finds it and wants to keep it...all you have to do is turn it off. wow real secure.

At least this gives us a fighting chance.

More than most companies offer.

There have also been multiple accounts of people getting back their phones using this service.

Some crooks are just dumb and will continue using your phone and plan.

Co_Co said,
find my iphone is bs if your phone gets stolen or someone finds it and wants to keep it...all you have to do is turn it off. wow real secure.

Even if you did figure out where it was, what are you going to do about it? Go to their house with a gun? If I went into a sherif's office saying someone stole my phone, and I know exactly where they are, they would probably just have me fill out a police report and then do nothing. If they did anything, the result would be my phone would stay in evidence lock-up for how ever long until a trial (which could be months/years).

Find My Phone is for when it falls out of your pocket at the theater or something. It will do you little good for if it ever gets stolen, IMO. Best you can do at that point is remote wipe it and move on.

Shadrack said,

Even if you did figure out where it was, what are you going to do about it? Go to their house with a gun? If I went into a sherif's office saying someone stole my phone, and I know exactly where they are, they would probably just have me fill out a police report and then do nothing. If they did anything, the result would be my phone would stay in evidence lock-up for how ever long until a trial (which could be months/years).

Find My Phone is for when it falls out of your pocket at the theater or something. It will do you little good for if it ever gets stolen, IMO. Best you can do at that point is remote wipe it and move on.

On the contrary, in late sumer of 2009 MobileMe data got my stolen-from-my-pocket-on-the-tube back to me within 4 hours after i called the Metropolitan Police

chrispinto said,

On the contrary, in late sumer of 2009 MobileMe data got my stolen-from-my-pocket-on-the-tube back to me within 4 hours after i called the Metropolitan Police

I'm sure the police in different areas are different than the ones we have here. Here, if you were to report a stolen phone, they'd probably cite you for not having your shoes tied correctly.

Why no support for 3G/3GS? When I was a full paying member of MobileMe, Find My iPhone worked perfectly on my 3G.

kraized said,
Why no support for 3G/3GS? When I was a full paying member of MobileMe, Find My iPhone worked perfectly on my 3G.

They seriously just want more of your money. That's all it is. I personally think it should be a mandatory feature of all phones that have that feature available.

dogmai79 said,
They seriously just want more of your money. That's all it is.
The fact that companies are only interested in making money quite frankly disgusts me. Oh wait ;3

This is an interesting move. Apple gets only good publicity for this, yet I don't know what else they get out of it. Perhaps more MobileMe subscriptions if people like this and want to use it on more things...

Something is fishy about all of this.

Quattrone said,

Upgrade to iPhone 4.

No, I understand it not being provided to their legacy products but the 3GS is still being produced today in its 8GB form.

Quattrone said,

If you already own any Apple iPhone, you can surely afford to upgrade.

no, stop being a jackass.

Personally i had it up to here with Apple. I got an iMac and I plan to get the new one too if it's worth it, but their attitude on iPhone/iPad has been very "Apple-ish". I haven't tried something else but I will surely look at android when the time to change comes.
There is no reason they won't provide this feature to older phones. Hell we are still customers and the 3gs is still on sale.

gian said,

no, stop being a jackass.

Personally i had it up to here with Apple. I got an iMac and I plan to get the new one too if it's worth it, but their attitude on iPhone/iPad has been very "Apple-ish". I haven't tried something else but I will surely look at android when the time to change comes.
There is no reason they won't provide this feature to older phones. Hell we are still customers and the 3gs is still on sale.

I have the iPhone 3G. This is bull**** that they won't add support for all of us. If you're looking for alternatives, seriously check out WP7. I'm about to replace my phone with a WP7 device. I'm just doing my research first to find out which one is best. I've played with one for a bit and the interest from all my research turned to love as soon as I got my hands on it. It is an amazing platform. It went way beyond what I thought it would. Seriously check it at at least.

http://bit.ly/bSj5xP - Apple has always been like this, it's nothing new and it's not going to change If you want to use their products it's just something you're going to have to put up with. I love my iPhone 3G and it's a shame that this feature will be unavailable to me but that's what I get for avoiding the giant claws of Apple invading my wallet (whilst still enjoying the best of the goods) :3

hotdog963al said,
http://bit.ly/bSj5xP - Apple has always been like this, it's nothing new and it's not going to change If you want to use their products it's just something you're going to have to put up with. I love my iPhone 3G and it's a shame that this feature will be unavailable to me but that's what I get for avoiding the giant claws of Apple invading my wallet (whilst still enjoying the best of the goods) :3

Well it makes sense it's never going to change when fanboy's rush to defend Apple -billion high- wallet and tell you to buy a new device, like I want to buy a mobile phone every year.
With AppleCare the 3g is still in warranty and supported so I don't see why they just kill features they could include. I also didn't enjoy the ultra slow 4.0...anyway they will hopefully learn the hard way.

Zedox said,
Well if the competition is doing it for free you have no choice.

example? i am not going to upgrade my ios just yet, but i'd like to have that feature.

panacea said,

example? i am not going to upgrade my ios just yet, but i'd like to have that feature.


Well, I don't know about Android, RIM, or WebOS, but it's free on WinPhone7 & accessible from any web browser.