How I rooted
I rooted my phone via youtube, it's pretty easy to do, you don't need developer help. I previously had a jailbroken iphone and I've done basic software design.
Data I want
My photos are probably on the sdcard - I haven't checked yet but that doesn't help my contacts and sms.
Why would I want this data if it was stolen?
If I stole the phone I would just do a factory reset wouldn't I? Why would I care about my contacts, photos and sms?
I don't know what version of android I'm on because I rooted it about 6 months ago and I'm not really into phones or apps. I rooted it because the last time I updated the OS it wiped my mini notes information where I took down a whole bunch of information - I was told rooting would allow me to retrieve the information. It didn't.
Provider and samsung no help
I have called my provider and they gave me the puck code because they misinterpreted my question, when I clarified that it was the lockscreen they said I need to call samsung. Samsung said I need to send it away for 'repair'.
At the moment I'm trying two avenues
I pushed androidlost to my phone via google play but it requires 'registration'. Obviously I can't register it via the app in the phone, you can apparently do it remotely by sending an sms to the phone - I have failed to get this working for some reason.
2. sqlite3 modification
Apparently you can modify the lockscreen file and disable it via adb and sqlite3.
I've pushed sqlite to my phone but when I try the commands in adb it says file not found.