found iphone 4s... and?
so i found an iphone 4s yesterday, it's user locked and i poked around the internet and the phone to find out it is missing its sim card/tray (empty slot on right side). before anyone suggests that i take it to apple so they can possibly find the owner, i've already read this: What to do if you find a lost iPhone | Macworld
which says that they won't be able to help. (unless someone from apple can refute that). no sim, no carrier... also, i live in a major metro - our cops have better things to do - in fact, our state law has provisions for lost goods that involve the courts, not law enforcement.
I have placed a posting on my local craigslist. while i'm awaiting response from possible owners, i'd like to know if there are other ways to reunite owner and phone? can owner still leave message/locate on phone when there's no sim? or does the phone have to be kept on? (I have been turning it on only periodically as battery is low). Siri did not work.
is there a way for me to unlock the phone without wiping all the info, so i could reach them somehow?
i'm not an iphone user, and already spent a better part of my weekend researching this device because i have lost a smartphone. still, I don't know how much more time i want to spend on this task.
other recommendations on what i should do? I have no desire to keep the phone and would prefer to locate its owner.
thanks and in advance for sincere suggestions - and if you could please use terminologies easily understood by a non-iphone/apple user, I would appreciate it.
in response to questions posed:
- I see on the back of the phone, a model number (how i figured out it's a 4s), an EMC number, a FCC number, and an IC number. any of those the serial number?
- i have a very old version of itunes (from the 1st gen vid ipod) on a very old laptop; will connection find "meid"? (whatever it is?)
Last edited by lexloci; 06-10-2012 at 10:03 PM. Reason: addendum (2nd)
- 06-10-2012, 03:31 PM #2
- 06-10-2012, 03:32 PM #3
- 06-10-2012, 03:38 PM #4
Is sim slot there but no tray in it ? If it's a 4s it will have a sim slot on right hand side in the middle .. If not this it's a iPhone 4 Verizon or sprint model
You could restore the phone in iTunes To get into the info like meid
That means you could call Verizon or sprint give then the meid and they can tell who the owner is ..
Only downfall is the personal info will be gone
Most people have backups thou
If it was my phone I would rather have it back with no data vs not have it at all
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- 06-10-2012, 04:56 PM #5
- 06-10-2012, 05:16 PM #6
- 06-10-2012, 06:01 PM #7iMore Newbie
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can't they track down the SERIAL number and track you down? and say you have a stolen iPhone
- 06-10-2012, 07:20 PM #8
- 06-10-2012, 08:54 PM #9iPhone Nanite
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Do yourself a favor. Turn it in to the local police. If the owner has lost it, most times owners will contact the police. A lot of times, they will hold the property for 30 days and then turn it back over to you as the finder. At that point it's now yours.
- 06-11-2012, 09:07 AM #10
following up, i called verizon and att - both suggested taking it to the police. i.e. they don't care either. so far no one has come fwd with matching response on craigslist. did find a friend who has another friend who works for apple. maybe this little bit of "in" will get some sort of results. otherwise, i guess it'll be part of the annual police auction.
i understand why one would keep one's phone password locked, but leave an email or something so ppl can at least send an alert when found...
- 06-12-2012, 11:12 PM #12
If I was you wait a month if no one comes for it .. Keep it plain and simple. If you don't need it donate it too a cause or sell it and donate the money to a cause .. I mean there is only so much you can do if I was the person who lost it I would probably already have another phone and forgot about that one ..
My gut agrees w you re donating the phone - my office has a cell collection bin for DV victims - that would be the simplest too for me. it may still go to the police. We'll see.
- 06-13-2012, 09:19 PM #14iMore Intermediate
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If I lost my iPhone, they'd have to put out an amber alert lol
- 06-14-2012, 08:55 AM #15
- 06-14-2012, 11:04 AM #16
I don't know if anyone said this (or if it was mentioned in the original post), but where did you find it? Have you tried contacting the place?
This dude I know (not by choice) took an iphone accidentally, and instead of trying to find it's owner, he wanted to sell it or smash it for fun. Luckily, I was able to get it from him and reunite it with its owner.
- 06-14-2012, 11:11 AM #17
Reward for Return
<my landline phone number>
<my email address>
Actually would be most useful in this situation... and I do keep all my iOS devices password locked.
- 06-15-2012, 10:54 AM #19
I admire your effort to find the owner and your honesty in not trying to just keep the rather valuable phone.
I lost my BlackBerry once and the honest fellow that found it, called the mom entry (my mom) and told her he thought he had her son's BlackBerry, and could she reach me another way. She called me that night on my home phone and I was able to go back in town to the bar where he was drinking the night away, and get my precious BB back. He had been working a bar tab, which I paid off. (He wouldn't accept anything from me, but I went right to the bartender)
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- 06-15-2012, 11:43 AM #20iMore Genius
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You could always go the "no harm, no foul" route and just put it back where you found it!!
Even cosmic karma!
- 06-15-2012, 01:08 PM #21
If you take it to the local police, they will provide you with a receipt stating that if the item goes unclaimed you can get it in 30 days. During that time, the police post notices of found property on display in their offices and run the serial number in the National Crime Info database. If it doesn't come back stolen and 30 days elapses, you go back and claim it. Very simple. That way, you can rest assured you did everything the legal and proper way and avoid any hassles from the cops later.
If you kept it and did nothing other than put it on Craigslist, with your luck someone might end up tracking it (or when you went to activate it) and find you in possession of stolen property. If you don't have a good excuse, they can even potentially charge you with the theft of it even though you had nothing to do with the theft of it. I mean, most likely it would get thrown out of court, but jeez, going to the police and turning it in sure seems like the easier way to go on this one...
I found a pair of electric guitars and amps in the woods by my house when I was a kid. Nice stuff too-Gibsons and Peaveys...turned it in to the Sheriff, and 30 days later the stuff was mine.
- 03-31-2014, 10:39 AM #22
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