I found an Iphone - how do I return it?!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jiamy, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. jiamy macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2010
    Last night I found an Iphone and it has a 4 code password... how do I get the information to return the Iphone to the owner? I don't know anything about Iphones... I am an honest person - I seriously just want to return it, this isn't a way of me secretly trying to break through the code or what not.

    also second question... if the iphone rings - can I answer it without pressing in the password?
  2. iphonics macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Finders keepers, Losers weepers!
    if i find your iPhone somewhere you bet your ass im not giving it back to you so ...whatever!

    uhh er.. i mean oh thats my friends phone... send it to me and ill make sure he gets it back HONEST!! PM me and ill send you my address and money to cover shipping! Thanks again for being so honest!
  3. Cavanboy18 macrumors regular

    May 29, 2009
    best way to return it would be to keep it charged and pick up the phone if it rings. you dont need the password for that. or take it to an AT&T store
  4. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    I appreciate the OP's honesty. Don't pay attention to the ethically-challenged; you're doing the right thing.
  5. jedispongee macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    If a call comes in, you may answer it without having to type in the 4 digit code.
  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    You can't get thru the code w/o wiping all of the users data.

    You can take the phone to AT&T. They can remove the SIM and use the numbers from that to figure out whose phone it is.
  7. joebobthehob macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2010
    The best you can do is take it to an AT&T store and ask them to contact the owner and return it. *It's pretty likely that some store employee will just pocket it to sell on ebay, but that's not your problem.
  8. bigchief macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2009
    Give it to the store manager and then call at&t customer service and tell them what you did with it. It won't be sold on ebay.
  9. smoked macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2009
    Call Gizmodo, I hear they pay top dollar for found iPhones :p
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  11. army91c macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
  12. joebobthehob macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2010
    What good do you think it will do to call customer service? Assuming that the rep you speak to can find the account the phone was active on, all they can do is place a note on that account, a note which may well sit there for months or years before someone happens to look at it. They can't give you information about the owner. They may offer to contact the owner themselves, but if they bother to check they'll find out that they aren't allowed to do that, either.

    I know it's a hard pill to swallow, but all you can do is trust that guy/girl at the store.
  13. iphonics macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    i cant believe you people! OP just keep the friggen phone! they lost it you found it end of story! at least maybe you can put it to good use!! You people are such prudes! its not a crime! finders keepers!

    survival of the fittest if you dont keep it... the rep at the store WILL gauranteed! they wont go through all the trouble to return an iphone! pfft! they arent the big thing they used to be... i saw a homeless lady playing on an iphone the other day... granted it probably doesnt have service but shes got one none the less

    iphones are a dime a dozen now a days! so get off all your high horses and quit being such prudes!

    OP like i said if you dont want it... give it to me!

    "Charity starts en la casa homie!!"
  14. dontworry Suspended


    Mar 18, 2010
    I hope you lose your mind and nobody returns it.
    OP- I would hang on to it and see if someone calls and if not I would take it to ATT and see if they can track it down while you are in the store.
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    search for "mum" or "dad" lol. or ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers.
  16. JDee macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2008
    How the hell would you like your iPhone to be literally "stolen" by someone else? It's so wrong. If I was the owner of this lost iPhone, I'd be quite upset because my hard earned money just went straight down the drain.

    I think he's lost his mind already never mind going to lose it.

    @OP - I don't believe contacts are stored on the SIM for the iPhone, but you could try putting it on another phone and looking through the contacts to find "Mom" / "Mum" and try calling up (Just incase he/she upgraded from another phone which stored contacts on the SIM).

    It's great to see your honesty and god bless the mentally insane people who have no respect or dignity in this thread.
  17. Meatball macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2006
    The only people who will be able to find the owner of the phone are AT&T :). Phone AT&T CS and let them know you've found an iphone and you're leaving it/left it at the store located at *INSERT ADDRESS* with the manager called *INSERT MANAGER NAME*. Quote the IMEI number and SIM serial number to CS. Ask for the call to be logged to the relevant department and a reference number for the call. When you hand the iPhone to a manager at AT&T you could make a letter a long the lines of:

    The staff at the store will have no leg to stand on if the deny knowledge of receiving the iPhone and pocketing it.

    Hopefully then AT&T can check who it's registered to and contact the owner. Leave your details with the store as well.

    EDIT: I remember reading about a website where you can put an ad up for a lost iPhone. Leave your contact number and the location where it was found and hopefully the the owner sees the ad they can quote the 4 digit unlock code or call the iPhone :0. Anyone remember the URL?
  18. The Mad Hatter macrumors 6502a

    The Mad Hatter

    Oct 12, 2004
    Dropping it off at the local police station might be a thought.

    Just my 2¢
  19. Meatball macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2006
    If Police in America are anything like Police in the UK they make no effort to return lost property at all, they rely on the owner checking if it's been handed in. With AT&T I'd like to think they have more power to return the iPhone to it's rightful owner.
  20. flash144 macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2009
    yes, but most states have a 30 day policy. if the owner doesn't claim it in that time, then legally it belongs to you and they will return it to you.

    clear conscience.
  21. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    i know that if i had lost mine i would be calling it non stop...

    id wait for the call!
  22. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    What you are talking about is theft. And in most places it is a crime, your kindergarten morality notwithstanding.
  23. joebobthehob macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2010
    So let's say that you do all of that documentation and actually convince someone in the store to sign your letter. What then? How do you plan to see if the phone actually gets returned? All you can do is pester this guy at the store to tell you if it was picked up, and all he has to do is lie to you if he wants to take the phone.
  24. rburly macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2009
    (not having read the thread)

    Give it to the bartender or owner of the bar. :D

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