Found iPhone- Help return to owner.

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  1. qwanza macrumors member

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    Today I was walking Home from Krav Maga. While i was walking I noticed a White iPhone on the floor. I have tried looking for details on the phone but unfortunately it's locked. Is there anyway I can find the owner from looking at the Serial Number or something like that?

    Btw It's Australian and is on Optus.

    Q
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    thats very nice of you!

    is there a number on the SIM that you can either ring or give to Optus and they may be able to track the owner?
     
  3. bluelondon macrumors regular

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    very nice of OP.

    i agree with the above.
     
  4. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    +2 - Really good of you to return it! If you take it to a store they can ID the owner. Optus can do the same :)
     
  5. qwanza thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the quick replies, Will take to Optus in the morning.
     
  6. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    Just out of interest, was it damaged at all?
     
  7. qwanza thread starter macrumors member

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    Some minor Scratches.
    Nothing serious.:)
     
  8. andreab35 macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5G77 Safari/525.20)

    This is so kind of you to do. Hope that the owner can be tracked down. Update us on what happens. :)
     
  9. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    There are far too few people of your caliber. ;)
     
  10. .adam macrumors regular

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    Sorry if this is a silly response but have you tried calling 'Home' or 'Dad' or 'Mum'?

    One of these people could probably give you the person's address.
     
  11. sammich macrumors 601

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    Usually ring the most recently made call that isn't a business.

    Maybe whoever left the phone there was so pissed at Optus' overloaded and oversold 3G network.
     
  12. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    He already said it was locked.

    OP, I commend your humanity. You are an exemplar among lesser men.:cool:
     
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    I hope the owner appreciates your honesty and offers a reward. Even if you are not prepared to accept a reward yourself I would suggest that you donate it to the charity of your choice.

    If I had lost my phone and had it returned in this way then I would feel compelled to reward you or your chosen charity.

    Good on you!
    Craig.
     
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    :eek: Why upset the horde?? You know, even though you're kidding, that people are going to jump all over you for saying that. Hope your flame suit is squared away.

    OP, bravo.
     
  17. draperm25 macrumors regular

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    What i would do is go into the shop and see if they have any details of them, ask them to contact them and give them your cell number so you could meet and give it in person.

    I would prefer to give the iPhone back to the owner myself rather than giving it to someone in the shop and then you not knowing if they got it or not, not that i am saying anyone in that store is dishonest but.

    Just my thoughts and what i would prefer to do.
     
  18. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    Thank god for people like you.

    What I would do is contact Apple and have them look up the serial number. Chances are that person might of contacted Apple or their wireless provider already and reported it lost.
     
  19. Kevlar macrumors 6502

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    Yea I totally agree. Couldn't you contact apple with the S/N and maybe get an email or somekind of other info, since you have to register the phone when you activate it in itunes. This assuming the phone isn't jailbreaked.
     
  20. TheConfuzed1 macrumors 6502a

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    It's locked, but can't you make an "Emergency Call?"

    I've never used the feature, but as I understand it, that will enable you to get to the "Favorites" phone numbers.

    Surely, someone there will know who's phone it is.
     
  21. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    It doesn't let you get to the favorites. The emergency bug is fixed.


    Apple will have all the info of the user by the serial number on the phone.
     
  22. TheConfuzed1 macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm...

    Well, I suppose there's still the slim chance that this phone hasn't been updated to current software, which plugs that particular hole?
     
  23. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    Yeah but they can't still can't access the favorites. Only thing in this situation with the emergency unlock bug to benefit is having whoever found the phone call Apple directly from the phone.
     
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  25. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Returning this phone will get you some serious karma.

    Good on ya.
     

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