The ITWire has a nice story on how Windows phone 7â€™s free Find My Phone feature has helped catch a golf bag thief in Australia.
â€œFriday after work I zipped down for a cheeky 9 holes of golf to wrap up the week.Â After a stellar round :), I retired to the 19th hole for a post-game debrief, leaving my golf bag outside the club house with a number of other bags, etc.â€
â€œA very short while later, I discovered my golf bag was missing (which had my Windows Phone in the pocket).Â I tried ringing the phone a couple of times to no avail, and reported the missing bag at the clubhouse â€“ assuming that someone had mistakenly picked up the wrong bag in the fading light.â€
â€œOn arriving home, I was straight onto Windows Phone 7 â€œFindMyPhoneâ€; the phone was heading north-east at a great rate of knots (I imagined a speedy getaway down an undulating dusty road!).Â The phone came to rest later that night in [some 80km away].Â Long story short, called police that night, made a statement next day, the police sent a unit there today and on finding my stuff charged a person with theft (and no doubt, being a goose).Â [I ] Had to identify my clubs and phone later this evening at the local station whilst answering a bunch of questions from the CIB, etc. about this wonderful device called a Windows Phone!
Windows Phone 7 is pretty popular in Australia, with Telstra Corp. Ltd. CEO David Thodey sayingÂ Windows Phone 7 devices have accounted for about 7 to 8 percent of new sales at Australiaâ€™s largest phone company since they were introduced late last year.
While there have been many rumours of Appleâ€™s similar service going free, Apple has so far required iPhone users to pay $99 for the same privilege, meaning most iPhones are not covered by this extra layer of protection.
Edit: Find my phone is free for iPhone 4’s and recent iOS devices, but not older iPhones.