Phone stolen but off. Need help?

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I have a newer iPhone SE. It was stolen on the weekend. I checked it within 15 minutes and it had already been turned off so I couldn't use find my iPhone. I have put it Lost Mode hoping that when they finally turn it on they will either A) Realize there is nothing they can do with it and pretend like they found it and see my message that it is useless because locked and I am willing to offer Reward, or B) It will show their location. Problem It says in find my iPhone lost mode is pending until connect to internet. At this point my phone is still with my carrier but I have a new one on the way and I will be changing it to the new phone soon therefore there will no longer be LTE on the phone and how would it then connect to the internet??? I hope this makes sense and that it still somehow can so that whoever ends up with it eventually can try and return it. Thoughts? Like what an idiot. Basically just wastes money for me. No pawn shop will take it and they can't use it.
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Goran, Mobile Master

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Unless it connects to WiFi that's pretty much it really.
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Still, it wouldn't be a bad idea to report your iPhone SE as stolen. This way the thief cannot profit by selling the phone online to some unsuspecting buyer. I think most people have gotten the message to check a phones' status via the IMEI number prior to purchasing a second-hand phone online.

In the link below, there are some helpfulĀ tips on what to do when your phone gets stolen. The area titled, 'Reactivating your phone with a new SIM card' may be of interest to you.

https://www.koodomobile.com/help/reporting-your-lost-or-stolen-phone
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Thanks, I did report it stolen to police and Apple. I just did not suspend my account because then it takes off lost mode. There is really nothing they can do with it. I would hope a buy would turn the phone on and see it's locked before buying it.