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Old Oct 11, 2009, 05:28 PM   #1
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Found IPhone at airport in Europe and need to unlock passcode- help please

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My Uncle who knows nothing about technology found an Iphone at the airport in Switzerland. He mailed me the iphone he found thinking i could use it. Right now the phone is in another language and the passcode is screen is locked. I've been trying to lookout how to unlock the passcode but it's not working for me? Any suggestions on how to unlock the passcode and also change it to English? Thanks
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 05:37 PM   #2
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GLWT. Try returning it.
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 05:39 PM   #3
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You won't get any help with the phone since it is not yours. You may as well try to find the owner.
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 05:43 PM   #4
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You won't get any help with the phone since it is not yours. You may as well try to find the owner.
How is the OP supposed to find the owner, if the phone is password-locked?
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 05:46 PM   #5
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How is the OP supposed to find the owner, if the phone is password-locked?
By returning it back to the airport to the lost and found.
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 05:46 PM   #6
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How is the OP supposed to find the owner, if the phone is password-locked?
Take it to an Apple Store, or at least telephone one, or hand it in to the police. Frankly, the OP's uncle is a bit of a twat.
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 05:47 PM   #7
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If the owner is smart he/she'll contact their network provider and get the IMEI blocked. All you can do is hand it in to the police or the airport.
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 05:52 PM   #8
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At this point, I highly doubt returning it would do any good (time from being found, time from being sent to the US). Still, I would not suggest using that iPhone. I'm sure can conduct a search.

Even though I think try returning would not do anything I think the best thing is to Ccll Apple, give them the Serial, try to get a hold of the owner. Do not accept no for an answer.

Try an decipher the language, maybe that gives you a clue what language and hence what country the iPhone is from.
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 05:56 PM   #9
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Take it to an Apple Store, or at least telephone one, or hand it in to the police. Frankly, the OP's uncle is a bit of a twat.
You do kind of wonder why mailing it to your nephew overseas would seem like the right thing to do to someone...
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 06:55 PM   #10
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Of course if the owner has mobileme and it was a 3G(S), they might already know where their stolen iPhone is.
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 06:56 PM   #11
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Of course if the owner has mobileme and it was a 3G(S), they might already know where their stolen iPhone is.
And of course the police could be showing up soon if that is the case.
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 07:22 PM   #12
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Frankly, the OP's uncle is a bit of a twat.
My thoughts exactly. Also, if it's not obvious by now, you totally chose the wrong forum for this OP.
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 09:33 PM   #13
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i will buy it for $250.00 USD
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Old Oct 11, 2009, 09:54 PM   #14
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i will buy it for $250.00 USD
The person who has it isn't the owner and apparently hasn't made even a minimal, common sense, due diligence attempt to get it back to the owner. I didn't realize that buying/selling hot, or otherwise having fallen off the back of the truck, merchandise was allowed here.
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 05:16 AM   #15
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Hmmm, if I lost my phone and the finder didn't even try to return it or hand it in and I subsequently found out where it was, I would pay them a visit to 'discuss' it on principle no matter where it was
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 08:04 AM   #16
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If you bring it to the carrier for the country in question, they can probably figure out the owner from the SIM card and send it to them.
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 10:02 AM   #17
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seriously guys why are you all so holy?

If he'd returned it to the airport the owner would've obviously never got it, employees stick things like that into their own pockets.

How the hell is it a good idea for him to turn it in to a police station in the U.S? Do you really believe cops in america is going to actually return a foreign phone found in a foreign airport to it's owner? come on! get real.. The cops are just gonna pocket it.

The phone is locked and thousands of miles away from it's owner, Dude just restore it, if you're lucky it might not be carrier locked, if it is, you might get lucky with some yellowsn0w.

Either way I think some of you guys are being pretty irrational and no the police is not going to show up to his house because of a lost and found mobile phone.. seriously what's up with the fear mongering?

Finders, keepers...
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 10:04 AM   #18
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I believe there is still a weird glitch in the phone where you can access your favorite numbers by double tapping the home button from the unlock screen. Or something like that. Do that, call a number and give the phone back.
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 10:49 AM   #19
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Finders, keepers...
If you lose something valuable I hope the finder shares your fantastic morals.

Anyway, you're wrong. Airport employees will not pocket it. The police will not pocket it. Most often they will make every effort to find the rightful owner. Not everyone in the entire world is a thief. I work for an airline and am constantly amazed at how many people will turn in large sums of CASH hoping to get it back to the rightful owner. And every time we get a valuable item turned in, we have always been able to find the owner and return it.

Sorry to break it to you, but your dishonesty is fortunately the minority from what I've seen. OP and OP's uncle obviously excluded.
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has a SIM card in it remove it and put it in another phone...that way you'll at least get the phone number
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go ahead and roast the man for the simplest of questions.... geez, it pains me sometimes to even read these posts.
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 06:41 PM   #22
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quick, sell it on ebay!
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I wonder how these dishonest idiots would feel if it was theiir iPhone that had been lost?
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If you lose something valuable I hope the finder shares your fantastic morals.

Anyway, you're wrong. Airport employees will not pocket it. The police will not pocket it. Most often they will make every effort to find the rightful owner. Not everyone in the entire world is a thief. I work for an airline and am constantly amazed at how many people will turn in large sums of CASH hoping to get it back to the rightful owner. And every time we get a valuable item turned in, we have always been able to find the owner and return it.

Sorry to break it to you, but your dishonesty is fortunately the minority from what I've seen. OP and OP's uncle obviously excluded.
And had the uncle returned it to the airport in the first place, we wouldn't even be having this discussion. I'm sure the poor sap who lost it called the airport, and they said, "no, we haven't had an iPhone turned in to the lost and found," all because of the crappy uncle.
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Old Oct 13, 2009, 08:23 AM   #25
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What makes any of you think a police department in the U.S. is going to give a darn about a phone found in a Swiss airport?
It will get tossed into a box and then sold at auction a year later. The police don't try and find rightful owners of lost cell phones, they have better things to do with their time.

Either send it back to your uncle and have him return it to the airport where he found it or do like 99.9999% of the members here would do.
Wipe it and keep it for yourself.
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