Found IPhone at airport in Europe and need to unlock passcode- help please

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by newbie07, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2009
    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
  2. macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    GLWT. Try returning it.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    You won't get any help with the phone since it is not yours. You may as well try to find the owner.
  4. macrumors G3

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    How is the OP supposed to find the owner, if the phone is password-locked?
  5. macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    By returning it back to the airport to the lost and found.
  6. macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    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.
  7. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    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.
  8. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    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.
  9. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    You do kind of wonder why mailing it to your nephew overseas would seem like the right thing to do to someone...
  10. macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2008
    Of course if the owner has mobileme and it was a 3G(S), they might already know where their stolen iPhone is.
  11. macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    And of course the police could be showing up soon if that is the case.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    My thoughts exactly. Also, if it's not obvious by now, you totally chose the wrong forum for this OP.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2009
    i will buy it for $250.00 USD
  14. macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2008
    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.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Oct 14, 2008
    Newbury, UK
    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 :mad:
  16. macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    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.
  17. macrumors regular


    Mar 29, 2008
    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...
  18. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    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.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2008
    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. :rolleyes:
  20. macrumors regular


    Mar 20, 2008
    if it

    has a SIM card in it remove it and put it in another phone...that way you'll at least get the phone number
  21. macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    go ahead and roast the man for the simplest of questions.... geez, it pains me sometimes to even read these posts.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2009

    quick, sell it on ebay!
  23. macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    I wonder how these dishonest idiots would feel if it was theiir iPhone that had been lost?
  24. macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    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.
  25. macrumors 68030


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    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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