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Old Jul 13, 2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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How to return lost iPhone 4 w/passcode to owner???

This afternoon, while grilling by our pool, I noticed an iPhone 4 sitting on a table with no one around. After being down there for over an hour some teenagers came in and starting eying the phone. One of them finally asked me if it was mine. Not trusting their intentions I said yes and took it with me.

My first reaction was to call "home" or "mom" but the phone has a passcode lock on it. Stupidly, I tried typing in "1111" to see if I could get lucky. Obviously that didn't work and now the phone is unusable for 60 minutes.

Aside from waiting for the owner to call the phone (which will hopefully happen sometime soon), is there a way for me to call a number located on the phone?

Edit: Would the Apple store be able to plug the phone into their system and contact the owner?
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:01 PM   #2
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I know about 10 people with code 2580 (straight down the middle) that might be worth a shot...

Not sure if AT&T would be of any help... I'm sure with the SIM they could look up who it belongs to, but don't know if they would do anything unless you got a really awesome person to help.
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:02 PM   #3
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Do you have a public pool? Just wondering why it was sitting on a table by where you were grilling. I'm sure they'll call the phone soon.

Connect it to iTunes. Bam. You'll have their cell #, take it to AT&T and lookup the name. As long as they can give you the info.

AT&T should be able to contact the owner. Not sure about Apple.
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:02 PM   #4
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Hold the home button to activate voice control. Then say something like "call mom" or "home"
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:03 PM   #5
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take it to the apple store they should be able to tell you their info
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:04 PM   #6
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Take it to a nearby Apple store and leave it with an employee. My son got his lost iPod touch back that way just the other day.
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:06 PM   #7
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I know about 10 people with code 2580 (straight down the middle) that might be worth a shot...
I'll give that a shot in 50 minutes when it allows me to try again.

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Do you have a public pool? Just wondering why it was sitting on a table by where you were grilling. I'm sure they'll call the phone soon.

Connect it to iTunes. Bam. You'll have their cell #, take it to AT&T and lookup the name. As long as they can give you the info.

AT&T should be able to contact the owner. Not sure about Apple.
Yeah it's a public pool, the phone was sitting next to a bunch of empty beer cans, it was there for a while and I'm sure those kids would have taken it with no intention of returning it if i left it there.

Yeah, I'm assuming they will call the phone soon.


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Hold the home button to activate voice control. Then say something like "call mom" or "home"
I just tired this but the "iPhone is disabled for 47 minutes"
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:06 PM   #8
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Hold the home button to activate voice control. Then say something like "call mom" or "home"
The phone is locked...
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:08 PM   #9
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Take it to a nearby Apple store and leave it with an employee. My son got his lost iPod touch back that way just the other day.
I do not trust that for a few reasons.

1) I worked at Best Buy in college and I know the caliber of employees working at retail stores like these. Chances are the employee would get the phone and it would be gone forever.

2) How would the owner of the phone know to go to the Apple store? There are 4 of them within 15 miles of here.

I'm assuming this person lives in my complex. I think holding onto it for now is my best bet.
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Hold the home button to activate voice control. Then say something like "call mom" or "home"
Good idea! I had no idea that you could make calls while it was locked this way!
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:10 PM   #11
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Good idea! I had no idea that you could make calls while it was locked this way!
Yeah, if I haven't heard from the owner in the next 45 minutes I'll try this again. Are you sure this works with a passcode?
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Yeah, if I haven't heard from the owner in the next 45 minutes I'll try this again. Are you sure this works with a passcode?
Yep! Just tested it on mine to confirm.
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:15 PM   #13
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sn0puccy,

you sound like a very decent person. That is nice of u and yeah those vultures would have stole it.
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The phone is locked...
Surprisingly, that actually WILL work when the phone is locked!

After the lockout time has ended, it should work - I just tried!
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:18 PM   #15
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Yep! Just tested it on mine to confirm.
Awesome, I'll do this as soon as the time expires.

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sn0puccy,

you sound like a very decent person. That is nice of u and yeah those vultures would have stole it.
Judging by the way you changed my name I'm not sure if that's a compliment or an insult.

But thank you. I know what it's like to have something with a high value stolen from me and if I was this person I would be ecstatic to have someone return what is rightfully mine.
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Awesome, I'll do this as soon as the time expires.



Judging by the way you changed my name I'm not sure if that's a compliment or an insult.

But thank you. I know what it's like to have something with a high value stolen from me and if I was this person I would be ecstatic to have someone return what is rightfully mine.
I think he just combined your name with his haha 'sn0' and 'puccy'

anyways I applaud you for your good deed =]
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:22 PM   #17
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Good news!

The guy's mom just called the phone looking for him and will be swinging by to pick the phone up in an hour.
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:25 PM   #18
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Who is in charge of the pool? Contact them to let them know you have the phone.

If next to beer cans, maybe the owner got really drunk.

Try voice control. Wait for phone call? I would call the phone.
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Good news!

The guy's mom just called the phone looking for him and will be swinging by to pick the phone up in an hour.


Kuddos to you!

And to the MacRumors community for not blasting the OP for trying to find a way to keep the phone! :-)




Pix or the return didn't happen ;-)
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How refreshing to hear! Good on ya, sn0warmy, and glad you were able to get it back to its rightful owner without too miuch fuss.
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Good news!

The guy's mom just called the phone looking for him and will be swinging by to pick the phone up in an hour.
That is good news! Good to know there's still good people out there like you!
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Kuddos to you!

And to the MacRumors community for not blasting the OP for trying to find a way to keep the phone! :-)

Pix or the return didn't happen ;-)
Yeah but is this CONFIRMED?
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 08:32 PM   #24
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Who is in charge of the pool? Contact them to let them know you have the phone.

If next to beer cans, maybe the owner got really drunk.

Try voice control. Wait for phone call? I would call the phone.
The front office is closed for the night.

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Kuddos to you!

And to the MacRumors community for not blasting the OP for trying to find a way to keep the phone! :-)




Pix or the return didn't happen ;-)
haha, I mean here is a picture of it...

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Yeah but is this CONFIRMED?


So far, yes. Everyone has been extremely kind to the OP.

Stay tuned for further posts however...

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