I bought a verizon iphone 4 recently with a bad esn on ebay, reported as "lost/stolen". It's not a problem for me, since I only intended to use it as a controller for some other electronics I have and not as a phone, and going this route was much cheaper than just buying a 4th gen ipod touch. That said, I would feel bad if there's someone out there needing and wishing to get their stolen phone back. Would verizon or apple be able to look up or contact the owner to notify them it was found and see if they'd want it back? I was thinking of going to a storefront (with ebay receipt just in case) to ask. Would this needlessly open a can of worms against me, just for trying to help? If I can check safely, I'd like to try at least. If successful, would there be a chance the owner could acknowledge it and allow it to be unlocked for me, just in case I'd want to use it as a phone someday? (since this is an older iphone4, the owner probably moved on) Assuming I keep the phone and it stays as is, the controller app I need to use with this requires ios7. Is there a risk of locking up the phone with this upgrade, if it's somehow tied to some account somewhere? Or is there a safe way to reset or wipe it first? Thank you.