I got my iPhone 6 stolen in Brazil a few weeks ago. It had a pass-code and 2 factor authentication.
Unfortunately the pass-code was set to only be required every 4 hours so if the thief kept the phone unlocked every now and again we could assume he/she has access to it. The phone was also in air-plane mode when it was stolen.
I immediately used a friends phone to access my iCloud and set up the "erase" option when the phone connected to the internet. I changed my apple password and informed my network provider.
I just got an email saying that "Activation Lock is requesting your password". On iCloud it still stated "erase pending" and that it will happen when the phone next connects to the internet.
Surely the activation lock request means the iPhone had to connect to the internet?? Why didn't it start erasing itself??
I've now changed it to lost mode to see if that does anything but it says "lost mode pending" and it will activate when the iPhone is connected to the internet.
I was just wondering how i got the activation lock email? And for a stolen iPhone, which mode is best... erase mode or lost mode??