1. nhawlman's Avatar
    My posting yesterday brought 150 views, but no replies.
    So I assume it must be connected to a phone company to function.
    Is there some way I could use only the Camera feature?

    Is there any way I could find the owner?
    Is there a market for used phones?

    Thanks again
    08-25-2012 06:48 AM
  2. Eileen89's Avatar
    If you found a iPhone the best thing to do would be to take into the wireless carriers store if you know it. Or take it into an Apple store if there is one in your area. They'll know how to track down the owner.


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    08-25-2012 08:08 AM
  3. joe_fresh's Avatar
    More than likely the owner has reported it lost, then if they were a smart user they remotely wiped it. This meaning for you it is a paper weight.
    08-25-2012 08:23 AM
  4. catalypse's Avatar
    More than likely the owner has reported it lost, then if they were a smart user they remotely wiped it. This meaning for you it is a paper weight.
    not possible for re-programming, etc?
    08-25-2012 07:34 PM
  5. Eileen89's Avatar
    not possible for re-programming, etc?
    Nope. Better off doing the right thing by turning it in.


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    Last edited by Irish Rose; 08-25-2012 at 09:58 PM.
    08-25-2012 09:22 PM
  6. Massie's Avatar
    Have you tried plugging it into a computer and clicking Restore in iTunes? You'll need an iPhone cable to do it though.
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    08-25-2012 09:36 PM
  7. Eileen89's Avatar
    Is there any way I could find the owner?
    Is there a market for used phones?

    Have you tried plugging it into a computer and clicking Restore in iTunes? You'll need an iPhone cable to do it though.
    I hope it doesn't work. The OP hasn't even tried to find the owner yet, why should he/she be assisted with using it? On another forum that I am on a thread started about how to use a lost/stolen iPhone would get locked.
    08-25-2012 09:44 PM
  8. Shooter03's Avatar
    either plug it into itunes to restore it or if that wont work out it in DFU mode and it'll force iTunes to restore it. that being said if you choose to do the morally right thing and hand it in to either apple or a carrier if you know which it belongs to its up to you.
    08-25-2012 10:04 PM
  9. salscott's Avatar
    Call apple with serial #.....they will find the owner. You will have done the right thing and likely get a little something for your effort.
    08-25-2012 10:29 PM
  10. Massie's Avatar
    I hope it doesn't work. The OP hasn't even tried to find the owner yet, why should he/she be assisted with using it? On another forum that I am on a thread started about how to use a lost/stolen iPhone would get locked.
    While I usually agree, the OP's other post mentioned something about trying to return the phone and not hearing anything for several weeks. At some point, I think it's fair to start using the device.
    08-25-2012 11:40 PM
  11. kch50428's Avatar
    While I usually agree, the OP's other post mentioned something about trying to return the phone and not hearing anything for several weeks. At some point, I think it's fair to start using the device.
    If the original owner made an insurance claim, the device in question belongs to the insurance company that paid a claim, and it's not "fair" to help someone make use of something that is not rightfully theirs.
    08-25-2012 11:46 PM
  12. Massie's Avatar
    If the original owner made an insurance claim, the device in question belongs to the insurance company that paid a claim, and it's not "fair" to help someone make use of something that is not rightfully theirs.
    Ok...I'm not going to claim to know every legal in and out of it, but in broad strokes the Lost and Found Property laws (at least where I live) simply require someone who finds lost property to report it found. If after a certain length of time the original owner has not come forward to claim it, it then becomes the property of the person who found it--it does in fact become "rightfully theirs." (I used to run a movie theater where we had to deal with this fairly regularly.) If an insurance company wants to claim it, it's up to them to do so; the person who found it isn't obligated to track down an insurance company that may or may not have a claim on it.

    So at some point it's not only fair, but perfectly legal, as I understand it. It's true though that in this case I don't know how long that waiting period is for the OP--something worth calling the local PD about.
    08-26-2012 12:15 AM
  13. Peligro911's Avatar
    not possible for re-programming, etc?
    Yes with restore or hold home button while phone is off and plug into iTunes it will go to recovery ..

    Depending on the carrier it could be blocked from being used if the original owner reported it lost like Verizon and sprint

    Check the sim card in the side if it's a 4s it will have a sim of the carrier then then u can know where to go from there If you want to turn it in .. Keep it or whatever
    08-26-2012 12:17 AM
  14. sherlock's Avatar
    Loosing an iPhone is like loosing a wallet or purse. The op should turn it in.


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    08-26-2012 01:29 AM
  15. nhawlman's Avatar
    Have you tried plugging it into a computer and clicking Restore in iTunes? You'll need an iPhone cable to do it though.
    It does not appear to have a USB connection.
    I have no iphone cables or itunes - whatever that is.
    The battery is dead now.
    08-26-2012 09:42 AM
  16. Eileen89's Avatar
    Loosing an iPhone is like loosing a wallet or purse. The op should turn it in.


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    Couldn't agree more with ya. If I lost my phone I would hope the person that found it would do the right thing by turning it in.


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    08-26-2012 12:58 PM
  17. phreddyl's Avatar
    While I usually agree, the OP's other post mentioned something about trying to return the phone and not hearing anything for several weeks. At some point, I think it's fair to start using the device.
    He just posted that he started a thread that people looked at and didnt reply. Do the right thing and return. You know what they say about karma
    08-26-2012 01:49 PM
  18. Massie's Avatar
    He just posted that he started a thread that people looked at and didnt reply. Do the right thing and return. You know what they say about karma
    If you go read that thread you'll see that the op reported finding the phone found several weeks ago and has had no response from anyone looking for it. That is what I was talking about.
    08-26-2012 02:59 PM
  19. phreddyl's Avatar
    If you go read that thread you'll see that the op reported finding the phone found several weeks ago and has had no response from anyone looking for it. That is what I was talking about.
    I understood what he was saying but if I lost my iPhone I would want the person to return it to a store. I wouldn't search through forums to see if someone found it.
    08-26-2012 03:07 PM
  20. Eileen89's Avatar
    I ride a bike 15 miles a day on a very busy highway.
    I found an iPhone 4s at a Roadside Rest.
    I showed it to the custodian in case the owner looked for it.
    But that was weeks ago.

    I would like to use it on the Internet
    to check my gmail and search the net
    from a local wifi.

    What must I do to use it without the phone function?

    Thanks a lot,
    Nancy
    http://forums.imore.com/iphone-4-for...need-help.html

    If you go read that thread you'll see that the op reported finding the phone found several weeks ago and has had no response from anyone looking for it. That is what I was talking about.
    Massie, the quote above is the OP from the first thread. The part which I highlighted in red is what I have an issue with. Nancy or the OP states that she only showed the iPhone to the "Custodian". The iPhone wasn't taken to the local police as it should have been. Most people including myself who have lost valuable items don't go to a custodian, but rather the police or security if it's available. I stand by what I posted earlier that the only advice that should be given is to turn that iPhone in....
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    08-26-2012 05:31 PM
  21. Massie's Avatar
    I'll make this my last post in the thread as I feel like this has gone way off topic, but I will say again that I feel like the op has tried to do the right thing. When I lose something, I don't go to the police, I go to the people working where I lost it. If others disagree I understand, but that is my take on it.

    Apologies to the OP for such a distracting thread.
    08-26-2012 05:56 PM
  22. salscott's Avatar
    The op asked how to find the owner....get the serial # and contact apple. Done deal
    08-26-2012 07:55 PM
  23. topchinaprice's Avatar
    if i were you, i will take it to Apple Store.
    08-31-2012 11:23 PM
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