i found an iphone 3

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  1. dniemeye macrumors newbie

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    I found an iphone 3 next to a river, maybe months after someone lost it, i'm attempting to contact the original owner (i can see his settings, email address, etc). It has no service so I'm assuming he contacted ATT or whoever about the loss, etc. I charged it up, the phone apparently needs a new screen (funny marks on it but is totally readable) and the app button doesn't work. If the original owner doesn't reply back or doesn't want it back, like if he got it replaced by insurance, I'm thinking of keeping it, replacing the complete front screen including the button, I'm thinking it's maybe $70 for that, diy... Do you think this would be worth it? Will I be able to buy a plan for this phone and get it activated? I can see the serial number in the settings screen. If this is all possible, is it still worth it? Would $70 buy me a used iphone anyway without all this work..?
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    A complete 3G front is cheaper than $70 if I were u I would get it in a tub of rice somewhere warm for a week or so
     
  3. soco macrumors 68030

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    The rice is definitely a good idea. However, I don't know how easy it may be to fix the home button. I feel like that would be a different piece all together and not necessarily included in the capacitive touchscreen board.
     
  4. dniemeye thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will do

    Yeah I'll do that rice thing immidiately. I saw a complete screen at http://www.directfix.com/mm5/mercha...T&Product_Code=IP-2164&Category_Code=IPHONE3G
    It's just the first link I found, i see others that don't include everything but I'm thinking the whole ENTIRE front panel is what I need to replace, LCD, plastic cover, home button, and "digitizer". You got other info or cheaper prices than $79 lemme know please, thanks.
    Dave
     
  5. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like you've already made up your mind about keeping it...
     
  6. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

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    Contact folks in his address book. His family members, folks with the same last name.... Do the right thing. You'd want folks to help you find your phone, wouldn't you?
     
  7. dniemeye thread starter macrumors newbie

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    not really, just waiting for the guy to reply.
     
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  9. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

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    Someone emailed me once from a friend's sidekick. They said they had found his sidekick on the grass on campus (I work in a university). They asked me if I could contact him and tell him where to meet the finder. I contacted my friend, and he met the finder and got his phone back. It's worth a try.

    There's never a wrong time to do the right thing.
     
  10. iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    I agree, look in the contacts for ones like:
    Mom
    Dad
    Sister
    Brother
    Work
    Home
    etc.
    If you email &/or text them all, you'll get an answer I'm sure.
     
  11. dniemeye thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i found the guy's wife and am sending it to them in the mail.
     
  12. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    You're a good person OP
     
  13. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    You're way better than the loser who stole the prototype iphone 4.
     
  14. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

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    Good job!
     
  15. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    nice work OP ... hope some good karma comes your way
     
  16. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    OP an iPhone 5 MIGHT just fall out of the sky for you :apple::apple::apple::D:D




























    Neh that's some magical ******** that Apple doesn't provide past the reality distortion field :D :D But good work!
     
  17. nunes013 macrumors 65816

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    nice job OP! you will be rewarded in the future for this.:)
     
  18. shamash macrumors 6502a

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    oh my gosh I just laughed so much i couldn't breathe hahahahaha
     
  19. lionqueen macrumors 6502

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    Cant you get a 3gs now for 50 bucks through att?
     
  20. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    On an expensive contract, yes.
     

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