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We're in a process right now to register 100+ company-issued iPhones. Right now the process of creating an Apple ID for each iPhone to be used for Find my iPhone is very time consuming, so my manager is assuming we can use just one account to manage it all. He wants to know if this is possible, or how many iPhones can be registered with Find my iPhone using only one account.

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I don't think there is any enforced limit for using one account on lots of devices if all you care to do is use Find My Phone. You will run into the 10 device limit if you try to install apps using this ID, but just entering it into iCloud and only turning on FMP (FMi / FMiP ??!) should scale past the limits people normally reach when using one ID for multiple devices.

Even if you get away with this, your users might get confused or wish to use Find My.../iCloud themselves and find you have locked their device

You might want to reach out to your Apple account rep to avoid running into several anti-fraud efforts that prevent this sort of mass scale deployment if you try to use one Apple ID for say the App Store on so many devices. In addition to that specifically being against the licensing terms, you will face delays if and when this account gets locked, so plan to test things out with a small group (say 3-8 devices sharing one ID) as a pilot before you decide how to manage all 100 devices.

There are quite a few MDM packages available, but without knowing your specific situation, it will be hard for you to determine if automating some of the management will be a good investment or if you can just use the Apple Configurator to set up your deices and depend on the end users to manage their Apple ID/iCloud accounts and not mess with your one set up to track all the devices.

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We use an MDM right now, and just recently also tested the use of Profile Manager (it's hell, but they get past the issues), so I'm not sure why they need the Apple ID anyways. But this information of yours is a great help. Thanks. –  IBG Apr 10 '12 at 0:14

1 Apple ID can only associate up to 10 devices. And according to this thread from Apple support, you should be able to

track multiple devices all connected to the same account on the same map

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Thanks. I'll try pushing further than 10 to test this(if I have the time and number of devices of course), but for now only the number is needed to assess things, so this is a great help. –  IBG Apr 9 '12 at 9:47
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The 10 device limit usually gets triggered from using one Apple ID with the App Store - not simply using it as an iCloud device. Although it may have changed recently, I have used one iCloud account for a 90+ device rollout for backup/restore. We didn't want to track the devices and only used it for setup, so YMMV. –  bmike Apr 9 '12 at 12:38
    
I'm two points away from upvoting, so I'm giving +1 for both. But yeah, @bmike your work's exactly what I'm looking for, since I'm inclined to thinking the same thing but management needs something concrete, like something that comes from Apple's documents. –  IBG Apr 10 '12 at 0:12

Take a look at http://www.meraki.com/products/systems-manager/. This is the right way to accomplish what you are trying todo.

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Look at Apple Configurator; that may be what you need.

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The configurator doesn't really interface with the web based Find My Phone service. –  bmike Jul 8 '12 at 13:54

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