Sorry man, that sucks, but sounds like your were almost as prepared as you could have been, and certainly more so than most.
said by Steve:
Note #1: those who suggest I avoid an iPhone altogether have to trust that I made my choice for a very good reason.
No fair, you took the wind outa my sails! I know little about Apple products, but just in case it affects your future phone decisions, know that the right rooted Android phone offers significant control over your personal info. There's no requirement to sync calendars, contacts, etc with Google, they can be local on the phone
& sync only
to your PC
. Also, you can selectively control (or even fake)
what individual apps have access to including camera, mic, contacts, sim, IMEI, wifi, 3g/4g/roaming
, etc. Theoretically, you can even find a lost/stolen phone with no prior preparation
, although not easily. That's a level of control I can't live without. Of course, it takes time to learn & become comfortable with all that, too.--
Government controlled healthcare? Name one thing government does efficiently and effectively!