Found an IPhone

cos54

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Sep 10, 2008
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Hi; I recently found a 1G iphone that looks like it was thrown from a vehicle. It's pretty beat up but does power on. Is there any type of master reset that will allow me to open up the unit for leads to the Owner? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

TEG

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Jan 21, 2002
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If you take it to at&t (or call them), they can trace the owner from the SIM card, IMEI number, or Serial Number. Or connect it to iTunes, and it should tell you the phone number.

TEG
 

Diseal3

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Jun 29, 2008
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If you take it to at&t (or call them), they can trace the owner from the SIM card, IMEI number, or Serial Number.

TEG
If att refuses to give you the owners phone number at least, I say just keep the thing. The reason for this is because even though YOU want to the do the right thing, Att or any other cell phone carrier for that manner may not. They will probley make you send the phone to them or acually just tell you to keep it (Had this happen to me once, not iphone though.) Now if u send them the iphone chances are they will just recycle it and the owner will never see the thing again.
 

TEG

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Jan 21, 2002
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Langley, Washington
If att refuses to give you the owners phone number at least, I say just keep the thing. The reason for this is because even though YOU want to the do the right thing, Att or any other cell phone carrier for that manner may not. They will probley make you send the phone to them or acually just tell you to keep it (Had this happen to me once, not iphone though.) Now if u send them the iphone chances are they will just recycle it and the owner will never see the thing again.
at&t will contact the owner, and you are better off taking it into a store.

TEG
 

cos54

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Sep 10, 2008
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If att refuses to give you the owners phone number at least, I say just keep the thing. The reason for this is because even though YOU want to the do the right thing, Att or any other cell phone carrier for that manner may not. They will probley make you send the phone to them or acually just tell you to keep it (Had this happen to me once, not iphone though.) Now if u send them the iphone chances are they will just recycle it and the owner will never see the thing again.
That's exactly what happened, they will not give out the info, and with the condition of the phone pretty much said keep it.

Are there any master resets that allow you to look at the phones contents, the phone has been bricked by ATT.
 

jdmstar

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Sep 4, 2008
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That's exactly what happened, they will not give out the info, and with the condition of the phone pretty much said keep it.

Are there any master resets that allow you to look at the phones contents, the phone has been bricked by ATT.
Plug it in attempt a backup then restore the firmware and restore the backup which should just leave you with the contacts.

i would just restore the firmware. and keep it.