I found an iphone 4...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lgates, May 3, 2011.

  1. lgates macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2011
    Ok so I found an Iphone 4 while on vacation....We tried to open it and call the last person but of course there was a lock on it and when we looked at it again it was already shut off.

    Is there any way to get the phone turned back on with no sim card because it is verizon...what do I need to do to activate it
  2. The Californian macrumors 68040

    The Californian

    Jan 17, 2009
    Surfers Paradise
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    Take it to Verizon, return it.
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    If its Verizon you cant activate it once its reported lost or stolen.
    Only the original owner can do that while using his account to verify it again.
    I'd try to return it somehow either by contacting verizon or something. It will be of no use to anyone the way it is anyway.
  4. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    There's no way around that lock, just return it to Verizon and hopefully the person who was using it registered it with Apple or that Verizon can identify whose it is.
  5. famoussasjohn macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2010
    Return it, the owner could possibly give a reward for returning it. Once disabled, the phone is completely useless for you. The best and nicest option would be to visit a Verizon Wireless Retail store to return the phone. They will contact the customer.
  6. TooSmooth macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
  7. romeo0119 macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    Option 1. Wait and see if the owner use find my iphone to send an alert to it

    Option 2. Restore and jailbreak it and use it as an ipod touch

    Option 3. Flash it to metro.

    It's too bad there isnt a way to return it to the owner....but u really cant do anything w it, I doubt turning it in to the police will do anything, they're just gonna leave it there and eventually probably auction it off or something.
  8. patp Guest

    Apr 10, 2008
    terrible advice.

    OP, take it to Verizon. You don't want this phone. Trust me. It's not the same as an AT&T phone. It's cdma and has an exclusive meid. Totally useless.

    Plus you'll gain karma points by doing the right thing. Keeping something that isn't yours will never lead to anything remotely good.
  9. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    Contact the police in the town you found it first.
  10. alox macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2011
  11. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    Seriously, OP, do you really need advice to know what the right thing to do is? Turn the phone in to the police or to Verizon.

    You'll feel better knowing that you are not a thief, and at least where I live in the UK one can legally claim the found property from the police if no owner claims it. I wouldn't be surprised if this were also true in the US.
  12. lgates, May 4, 2011
    Last edited: May 4, 2011

    lgates thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2011
    Umm maybe they shouldn't have been drunk n lost it in the first place! I know what the right thing was if it didnt have a lock on it i would have called whoever on the phone and returned it but it had the lock and they turned it off. I found it in VEGAS theres no way the Police would be to any help!

    They should have a reward for this kinda crap if it were me and my lost phone id never see it again so why should I do the right thing...other than the fact that its of no use to me!!
  13. NikeTalk macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2010
    Can the Apple Store look up the persons info? I wouldn't just simply hand it to the Police or a VZW rep.
  14. JonLa macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2009
    You're right, they should, and there should be, but that doesn't mean you have to be a bad guy. If there's an apple store near you, take it in, see if they can extract seem details. They may not, but won't you feel better for doing the decent thing?
  15. Thedeathbear macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2010
    so , you know what the right thing to do is (hand it into VZ Wireless store), but you won't hand in something useless to you because you want a reward?
  16. AWallen90, May 4, 2011
    Last edited: May 4, 2011

    AWallen90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    I have no sympathy for the stupid things people do while drunk, but don't you remember what it used to be like to own an Apple product. You were joining the Apple community, everyone would share secrets with each other and help a brother (or sister) out if they were having trouble. Do not turn Apple ownership into ownership of a just a superior product.

    Edit: I'm saying do everything possible to find the owner, even if it was their own fault for losing the phone.
  17. iFiend macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2011
    Mega-Fail :rolleyes:
  18. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    You make me cry for humanity. You won't do the thing unless you get something out of it? Maybe the owner shouldn't of been drunk and lost it? How do you know he was drunk? If you do know, then you didn't "find" the phone. If you don't know, then you're assuming and looking really ignorant right now.
    And if it were you that lost it you'd never see it again? Thats because of people like you!
    Doing the right thing, the honest thing, the honorable thing is reward into itself.
    If you only do things for just what you can get out of it, then I feel sorry for you.
  19. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    The very fact that it's "the right thing" to do should be enough incentive for you...
  20. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2010
    the burrows
    You've decided they were drunk?

    As for WHY you should do the right thing: that's why it's called "the right thing".

    I think it's clear: you don't really want to do the right thing. So, then just wait for the karma.:(
  21. BlindMellon macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    about 20 years ago i found a laptop at the bus stop. i'd always wanted one and i found one! something in me, though, made me want to try to return it. i brought it to work and hooked it up to a power supply (it's battery died after about 30 mins) and was able to spend time digging around until i found a word file the guy wrote for his work. had his name and company.

    boy was that guy surprised when i called him up and told him i found his laptop!

    wouldn't take a reward, just wanted to do the dude right. got some serious karma that day.

    i would have always felt like a creep had i just kept it.
  22. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    Same sort of thing happened to me too.

    I was at Target and found a 3gs in a shopping cart by the electronics dept. It was locked so I waited until someone called the phone and told them to tell the owner to call me if he had a house number. Eventually the owner called his 3gs from a payphone and I gave him my address to come get it.

    When he got there he was so relieved! He tried to give me $50 but I told him "Naw its cool, just make sure if you ever find an iPhone lying around that you find the owner as well" :)

    Stealing a phone is bad juju OP, return it and do the right thing...
  23. MassiveAttack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2010
    New York
    OP you know you had no intentions on returning it to Verizon hence coming to Macrumors for advice

  24. JD914 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    Dutchess County NY

    So now you want to activate it and use it for yourself?

  25. RenoG macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    Hey you found it, that's my phone. Give me back my phone:p

    Nah just turn the phone in to Verizon and move on if its that serious.

    Personally I would go to Verison and ask what the process is for returning a lost phone to its owner that resides in a different city/state. If the process is done by the Sim card I'd just give them that first and once they contacted the owner only then would I hand over the phone. If after a month of follow ups here and there and still nothing, then the phone would simply be kept for spare parts.

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