Today I found an iPhone outside laying in the grass at a soccer field. I want to deliver this phone back to the owner. I can barely imagine what the owner is going through losing their phone.
When I found the phone it was dead. I plugged it when i got home and turned it on and passcode screen came up. I do not want to try entering in codes because I know there could be a 10 passcode entry limit before a wipe.
I took my sim tool and popped out the sim tray only to find.....no sim card (= glorified iPod?). I take a look at the top bar on the screen and it says "ROYCE" with the 4 wireless bars. I thought it said "ROGERS" before... and with no sim inside and 4 wireless bars leads me to believe this is a jailbroken phone (owner customized the top bar).
How do I give this phone back? My last resort was to deliver to the carrier store or apple store but theres no sim and its jailbroken (what would apple do with it?).
Is there a way to get past the passcode screen and somehow pull up the contact list (and hopefully getting a home number from there)?
Or should I just give it to the police?
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OK OK... you could take it to Cops, Apple. But they will take no action to give it back to owner.
I say keep it.
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Restore The Phone & Now You Can Keep It Without Being Tracked Or Anything , Your Safe If You Restore . At Least You Can Say You Tried To Return It .
First of all, good for you for wanting to do the right thing.
You're not going to be able to get past the lock screen without restoring.
You might try posting some "Found" notices in local stores that have bulletin boards. Some newspapers print "Found" notices for free. You can also post a "Found" notice on Craigslist. I'm sure you can think of some other things, too.
It should be pretty easy to determine the rightful owner if anyone comes forward to claim it. Ask them what carrier they use. Only the rightful owner is likely to know there's no SIM (thus NO carrier), and the carrier name is set to "ROYCE". Extra points if their name is ROYCE.
If no one comes forward, you might try Apple. The IMEI should be able to be traced to the original carrier and owner. That may not be "ROYCE", but they probably know the path the phone took to get to ROYCE.
Just take it to the police. Why does anyone care if they do anything about it. It is not yours. It is not a puppy or kitten that needs to be fed. It is material property not owned by you. If you modify it in any way, Jail Break, restore and activate, etc., you destroy any proof you didn't steal it, instead of just finding it. Take it to the police in the area. Do the right thing. The burden is then on the cops.
Last edited by Doolie; 07-10-2011 at 06:31 PM.
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Turn it in to the Police in the area in which you found it.
The Police have the responsibility to make a reasonable attempt to find the property owner.
After a period of time, and it remains unclaimed the property can be sold at public auction.
As you sow you will reap, or what goes around comes around.
So turn it in. Its out of your hair, and you did the right thing.
OP try holding down the home button and saying:
call dad, mom, brother, michael, etc... all common names. remember, you gotta put your sim in there to make the call. hopefully there's a contact with a #.
Take it to the police. Likely, after a period of time (90 days?) if unclaimed, ownership transfers to you...depending on local lost property laws.
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you can take it to an att store and they should be able to find the rightful owner by looking at the imei number.
is it stolen property if the owner took out the sim card and left the phone. Looks like who ever left it behind, left it for trash.
I have found several handsets and I can tell you the odds of it getting back to the owner are slim to none. The police will not do a thing.. pm me I can assist you.