I found an iphone 3g at the beach in the sand. What should I do with it?

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  1. apattee macrumors regular

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    My dog dug up an old iphone 3g 8gb phone today. Unfortunately the screen is cracked and I put the phone in DFU mode, tried to install 4.0.1 , but it keeps getting errors so I don't think I can do anything with it.

    I was able to remove most of the sand, but it unfortunately won't install an OS. I'm able to get itunes to recognize the phone, and am even able to see the apple logo, but nothing past that.

    What are my options??? Or is it even fixable?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I'd say it's gone. You can either toss it or put it on eBay for parts.
     
  3. labman macrumors 604

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    ebay parts only as is you will be surprised what people will pay. oh yeah your dog gets a extra nice reward too.!
     
  4. spillproof macrumors 68020

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  5. apattee thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah I was shocked to see my dog digging near it. I thought it was my phone at first and was horrified to see the screen.

    It's probably totally water damaged, but the screen being cracked wasn't too bad.
     
  6. chembox macrumors 6502a

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    I think it was the sand that killed it.

    Edit: ^^ nevermind

    Zip-locks FTW!
     
  7. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    Is it possible that it's not restoring because of the soft SHSH thing apple has now? try 4.0.2
     
  8. zub3qin macrumors 65816

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    Sell it to Gizmodo. It is the new iPhone 5 that a drunk apple employee lost.
    They are calling it iPhone retro- going back to the 3G design due to issues with iPhone 4.
     
  9. Zepaw macrumors 65816

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    Incorrect! The real iPhone 5 prototype is half the size of iPhone 3G, you have to smash to decoy against a wall to find the prototype inside.
     
  10. Jayman34187 macrumors regular

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    sure you did.. pics or it didn't happen
     
  11. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I lol'd.
     
  12. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

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    I think you should have skipped it like a stone out into the ocean.
     
  13. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    See if an Apple genius will replace the phone for a $199 exchange fee. Then sell it for $400.

    Or, do the right thing and contact the local police and turn the phone in. The owner may still want it back.
     
  14. asleep macrumors 68040

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    Go back to the exact spot where you found the phone at midnight on a Wednesday ...

    Spin your body 3 times counter-clockwise while holding the phone up toward the moon ...

    Speak the ancient words, "icky, icky, chow, put, pa-ting"

    Throw the phone into the ocean.

    Count to 69 and look toward the ocean sky as a brand new iPhone4* will drop down from the heavens into your hands.



    * it'll still have reception/antennae issues
     
  15. bumzo1 macrumors 6502a

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    an iPhone 3G probably isn't even worth the $199 to get it replaced
     

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