Flashback: Many months ago I encouraged Billiam to sign up with MobileMe. He didn’t think much of it and basically went through with the registration because I put all the settings in place for him. He just had to tell me what he wanted his e-mail address to be. Click and go.
Months after that, at WWDC, Apple announced the launch of Find My iPhone–available to then-current and future MobileMe members. Arguably the best addition to MobileMe there is, and much like AppleCare (or any manufacturer’s warranty), you activate it with the hopes that you’ll never have to use it. This particular detail is fuzzy, but I think I activated Find My iPhone for Billiam while he was driving and I was sitting pigeon-side.
Present day: Tonight, after watching a wholesome Sunday night viewing of Teeth (You see, at least, three semi-penises throughout.), we were all set to go to bed and get started on our evening routines. As we retired upstairs (to where our sleeping quarters are–Natch! That sounded so snooty…), I tripped hardcore on the stairs, Billiam laughed at me, and then he started whining that he couldn’t find his phone. Normally this is a mystery swiftly solved by a friend or roommate calling lost phone. I pulled Billiam up in my contacts and pressed the green button, but neither of us heard any rings or telltale signs of his phone vibrating against any sort of surface. Billiam was just reaching the lowest panicky stage of “Where could it be??” when I said, “We can do Find [Your] iPhone!” I had him type in his MobileMe password, and after thirty seconds or so, the phone’s signal turned up.
…Literally in the gutter next to the storm drain on an industrial street that parallels the freeway. We drove straight to where the phone must have fallen out of his pocket (Not all hoodies were made for bicycling.), and with the help of my un-lost phone and some flashlight I dug out of the discount bin at SFMOMA, we found Billiam’s phone. It’s remarkable that: a) it didn’t get stolen, b) it didn’t get run over, and c) it was just sitting there like some perfect toy beckoning to a kid at FAO Schwartz.
So there you have it. You should buy MobileMe. Because it is totes worth it.