iPhone 3GS on the ROAD!

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  1. iBryton macrumors regular

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    So I was driving home today and saw an iPhone on the roadway, so I picked it up.

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    I looked up the serial and it's still in warranty. What should I do? I want to go in the store and get a replacement for $200. Will they check for my name or for my I.D.? I'm just a kid..
     
  2. davidec macrumors regular

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    Do the right thing and you shall be rewarded. Give it to your folks to hand in to a local police station. After a month and no-one claiming it, they will give it back to you. Upon which you can go in to an Apple Store, tell the truth, and get your $200 replacement. If you try and do that now the iPhone will show up as registered to it's original owner and you can be charged with many possible offenses.

    Good luck kido!
     
  3. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    That's just blatantly not true. Neither Apple nor AT&T could care less if the phone you bring in is stolen or lost, and neither will try and find the original owner. Seriously, where do you people come up with this nonsense?
     
  4. davidec macrumors regular

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    ahem, every single iPhone is traceable via its serial number. :apple: knows where and how it was sold. If it came from either the Apple Store or AT&T (which in this case it most likely has) it will be linked to original purchasers name. We (and clearly you) as consumers are not privy to that info.
     
  5. kre62 macrumors 68000

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  6. kre62 macrumors 68000

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    1) Apple does not care and does not have the time to keep track or do anything about a stolen phone

    2) Possession is 9/10 of the law

    3) OP: The replacement cost of the 3GS is 79 dollars.
     
  7. iBryton thread starter macrumors regular

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    9/10 of the law?
     
  8. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Traceable or not, how does apple know that the phone wasn't sold to OP?
     
  9. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    only 79$??? Plus who would go looking for that at the local police station? That phone looks like it was ran over 6 times.


    off topic but what does a blue envolope with an arrow pointed down mean?
     
  10. JRoDDz macrumors 68000

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    Apple is not in the business of policing iPhones, they are in the business of selling as many iPhones as possible. They could care less whether the phone is lost or stolen. It's all the same to them.
     
  11. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Yes I know. I forgot to quote the other guy trying to say OP was gonna get in trouble for taking it in to get replacement.
     
  12. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Sure, they have that info, but they don't use it that fashion. If they did, I would have been able to find the jackasses that mugged me and stole my phone, however calling both AT&T and Apple resulted in the same thing, the phone can't be linked back to me in that fashion if someone else comes in to activate it or have it worked on. Also, if they were, pretty much anyone who has sold a phone on CL could then report it stolen and have it deactivated. Has this ever happened? No. It's true that other countries can blacklist and backtrace phones like this, and do, but AT&T in the US does not.
     
  13. iBryton thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I'm just a kid though and don't want to get in trouble. This phone really was run over like 10 times HAHA! I just wanted to get a replacement just for experimentation... I am an Apple loyal customer. I talked to my dad and said I shouldn't turn it in, since it probably doesn't have anymore value, and anybody could just go in and say they lost there "iphone"
     
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yeah right Matlock:D
    That will never happen.
    Apple or AT&T are not into the find lost iphone business and they do not care what happens.
    An iphone can be sold used to multiple owners thruout its life, it doesnt mean if it shows up registered to someone elses Applecare you'll get in trouble.
    To the OP just bring it to Apple and pay the $200 out of warranty replacement fee.
    They wont ask you for anything else. It doesnt matter even if it wasnt under Applecare, they still would have replaced it for $200.
    Hey maybe if you get lucky they'd do it for free.
     
  15. iBryton thread starter macrumors regular

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    What do I say to the genius? There still is a sim card though but I opened it up and got it out (internally) because there isn't even a sim tray.
     
  16. Hype2k2 macrumors 6502

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    Lie and say it was yours and your parents bought it for you. Don't think they will sit you down for an interrogation about it.
     
  17. kre62 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, 9/10 or "nine tenths" of the law. Meaning the person who has the item in their possession is much better off then the supposed"true owner". The owner has to prove its theirs, and that is a huge hassle.
     
  18. Leet Apple macrumors 6502a

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    Make a Lie that fits the damage, chances the owner cared about that iPhone are slim....very slim
     
  19. iRyann macrumors regular

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    The right thing?

    As has been pointed out, Apple don't care about whose it is. They care about shifting units and making as much money as possible. Sad, but true.

    The owner most probably has insurance and as such; has a new iPhone.

    From your screenshots, it's been battered and beaten. Take it in, get it fixed and get a replacement for $79. Happy Days.
     
  20. VulchR macrumors 68020

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    'Posession is 9/10ths of the law'? 'Apple and AT&T don't care'? 'The true owner probably doesn't care anymore?' My god, Western civilization is doomed.

    @OP: The phone is not yours. If you want one, earn it. Turn the one you found into the police and let them handle it. If the owner doesn't show up with proof of purchase, then typically you can claim the phone and do with it what you will.

    @the rest of you ne'er-do-wells and would-be thieves, I have one word for you: karma.
     
  21. Sedrick macrumors 68030

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    You can get a new 3GS for $49, but the real cost is hooking it up to AT&T or Verizon. course it would still make a pretty good iPad with WiFi.

    You can get a new iPhone 4 for $199 on contract with or without your roadkill.
     
  22. davidec macrumors regular

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    Seriously, good to see someone has some sense around here.
    Point is, should you be encouraging someone who openly admits to being young to lie and deceive? What if the phone was actually stolen, used for some nefarious activity and then dumped and run over? I know it's a long shot, but if that was the case the OP could find himself in an awkward situation thanks to the majority advice. Irrespective, it's illegal to claim ownership of something you've found.
    OP, you've found the phone, if you hand it in to the police and no-one claims it in a few weeks, it's yours. Then you can get your replacement by being honest.
     
  23. vachargerfan macrumors regular

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    Yep, and if you have ever had anything stolen from you, this is the chance to get that "karma" back
     
  24. mantan macrumors 68000

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    +100

    Encouraging this kid to lie so he can get an iphone on the cheap. Do the right thing. Turn it in. If no one claims it, you can get it back.

    If you ever have anything lost/stolen, you'd know how much you appreciate getting it back.
     
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    ;)
     

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