If you found a mobile phone…. what would you do?

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  • If you found a mobile phone…. what would you do?
  • sharkbait
    Member

    Let’s say you [really] found a phone that been dropped/left somewhere [beach]. A nice model with MP3 player, autofocus camera, memory card slot, less than 2 years old that had been blocked/locked by the network with no contact info available so unable to contact the owner who has probably already got a replacement.
    What would you do with it? Throw it, return it to the network, keep it, try and unlock it, other?

    RudeBoy
    Member

    Does it have personal stuff on it? If so, maybe return to the network, who may be able to return it to its original owner. Spose the ‘legal’ thing to do, is return it, or hand it in to police.

    However, doing this may simply cause unwanted hassle for the police, and the network may just scrap it anyway.

    If it’s got nowt personal on it, I’d get it unlocked, and use it. Maybe better that it gets used and appreciated, than scrapped, or left forgotten in a storage box for ever more.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
    Subscriber

    What would you do with it?

    Text filthy messages to various people in the phone’s memory. Preferably “mum” or “gran”

    dmiller
    Member

    check it for porn.

    sharkbait
    Member

    No personal stuff on it.

    Spongebob
    Member

    Don’t the telco providers lock them out so they can never be used again?

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
    Subscriber

    Alternatively you could do what my mates did to me years ago with a phone they found.

    Pretend to be the girl I sat next to at a wedding and send me loads of texts saying you got my number from a mate and you were to shy to ask me for it. Then arrange to meet me for a coffee…

    Hand it to the police. If unclaimed after 3 months its yours legally

    Premier Icon jam bo
    Subscriber

    on’t the telco providers lock them out so they can never be used again?

    only in this country.

    dooosuk
    Member

    on’t the telco providers lock them out so they can never be used again?

    And you could always get an IMEI number cloned off an active handset πŸ˜‰

    z1ppy
    Member

    TandemJeremy – Member
    Hand it to the police. If unclaimed after 3 months its yours legally

    I didn’t think they gave phone back to the ‘finder’, due to the possibilty of personal data being on the phone

    chances are the person who lost it will call/txt the phone, then you can return it – which you should do.

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    TandemJeremy – Member
    Hand it to the police. If unclaimed after 3 months its yours legally

    Really? Source?

    enfht
    Member

    I’d throw it in the sea, you never know it might hit an asylum seeker

    Premier Icon mugsys_m8
    Subscriber

    I found a flash phone at the top of Burbage. I went through most recent call list. phoned the most recent number and within an hour it was back to the rightful owner who was happy. I got a smug sense of having done the right thing.

    mamadirt
    Member

    Found one in the local woods last year. Tried to hand it in at the local police station but they didn’t want to know and said I’d have to take it to the headquarters on the other side of town πŸ™„ . Anyway, judging by the content the phone appeared to be a young person’s so we decided to call the ‘mum’ number, explaining that we’d found the phone (and desperately trying not to panic her at the same time) and she arranged for her son to come and collect it . . . he never did despite a further call.

    maxray
    Member

    My wife lost her phone a few days before she gave birth, the little scrote who picked it up sent harsh texts to most of her contacts about the baby.

    little shits. :/

    finbar
    Member

    I once found a digital camera and handed it in to the police station. When i asked if i could have it if wasn’t claimed in X months, the answer was a resounding “no”.

    Premier Icon jimmy
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    phone’s are two-a-penny. finders keepers.

    Pretend to be the girl I sat next to at a wedding and send me loads of texts saying you got my number from a mate and you were to shy to ask me for it. Then arrange to meet me for a coffee…

    πŸ™‚ did you go for coffee?

    mk1fan
    Member

    Check it for porn, download then hand to the Fuzz.

    theflatboy
    Member

    Check it for porn, download then hand to the Fuzz.

    is “hand to the fuzz” a euphemism for what you do after you’ve d/led the porn? πŸ˜†

    cynic-al – Member

    TandemJeremy – Member
    Hand it to the police. If unclaimed after 3 months its yours legally

    Really? Source?

    I found a purse containing Β£80 and no ID. I handed it into the police. After 3 months it was unclaimed and I got a letter from them telling me it was now mine if I wanted to collect it. I went to collect it and was given it. I went thru it again and found a blood donor card tucked away in it. I went back to the cops and told them this and they said they could trace the owner via the blood bank and did so.

    So without the blood donor card in it it would have been mine handed to me by the police

    Good enough Al?

    Premier Icon Pook
    Subscriber

    There are fluffy bunny wunnies skipping around and bluebirds singing in TJ’s garden all the time

    z1ppy
    Member

    tj – I think Al was questioning my post.
    Al – it was from the font of all knowledge…STW forums… though I believe they posted a link to a police website stating it too IIRC, due to the personal data protentially provided, by having some-one mobile..

    Premier Icon lowey
    Subscriber

    Look through the stored numbers to see if any were family. Call them and arrange to drop it off.

    Thats what I would hope some one would do for me.

    coffeeking
    Member

    Agreed, if I found it I would try to find the most called number in the call log and identify whos phone it was, if I could I’d return it and if I couldnt I’d unlock it and use it.
    If it were mine I’d hope someone else would do the same.

    hora
    Member

    I once found a digital camera in a ladies floppy beachbag on Hamstead Heath. Handed it in at the local Rozzers station thinking the buggers would have it- a few weeks later they called me to collect. I still own it πŸ˜€

    Dimmadan
    Member

    I found a phone on the floor in my local uni car park. I text the last 5 texts messages back explaining that I found this phone and wanted to contact the owner.
    3 people text back to say whose it was and he phoned the phone while he was with one of his mates and I arranged to had it into reception for him.

    enfht
    Member

    I found a dog turd on the local trail last night, couldn’t get a dial tone so I hung it back on the tree.

    coffeeking
    Member

    I once found a digital camera in a ladies floppy beachbag on Hamstead Heath.

    Pick pocketing is frowned upon, you know? πŸ˜€

    ScottChegg
    Member

    I was given an older phone by my wifes mate to use on the bike.

    A quick scroll through the memory found lots of vids and pics of same mate in her scanties.

    Oops.

    dooosuk – Member

    on’t the telco providers lock them out so they can never be used again?

    And you could always get an IMEI number cloned off an active handset

    Not any more Bru..

    Peregrine
    Member

    Found a nice looking mobile on the self service tills in Tesco last night, handed it in, i already have one that i don’t use.

    Premier Icon allyharp
    Subscriber

    Phone “home” and say you’re calling from *insert local gay club name here* and you found this phone in a pair of jeans left in the toilets!

    That’s what I was told to do with a phone I found last new years day.

    In the end I called somebody from it, and it turned out the phone belonged to the boyfriend of one of my managers in work!

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
    Subscriber

    I found a phone on the train a few weeks ago, it must have fallen out of a pocket as the owner got off. Anyway, it was quite late at night and there was no obvious “home” or “Mum” number to ring but then a text came in so I called the person back and explained what had happened. He then phoned the owner on his home number and the owner then phoned me. I dropped it off the next day, he was very happy to get his phone back.

    No porn or dodgy texts on it though.

    CountZero
    Member

    I found a couple of ‘phones some years back and handed them into the police. I also lost a phone some years back, and the young lady who found it phoned my boss at work to say she’d found it, so I shot down to the pub in town where she worked and gave her a fiver for her honesty in tracking me down. I’ve got an iPhone with a Nokia N95 as a back-up, I wouldn’t need another.

    keeping items without taking reasonable steps to identify the owner is theft by finding. Even if there were no numbers left on it (or the battery is too flat/handset is locked for you to find the numbers) you should still be able to identify the phone by the IMEI printed inside.

    You should be able to search for it on

    http://www.immobilise.com/index.php

    Or you can hand it in to the police and make it their problem, if it isnt claimed you get what the law refers to as first baggsies.

    Premier Icon Jon Taylor
    Subscriber

    I have found and managed to return phones on two occasions. Warm happy smugness both times.

    Was the OP about a phone that has no traceable features and been lost to the system (i.e. locked by the network)? Well they’ll consider it a brick. Unlock it, recycle it, it’s yours.

    JulianA
    Member

    Look for a ‘Reward.txt’ or similar file on the phone telling you who to contact if you find the phone?

    I have this file on my iPod, my phone and my DSLR (both cards on the DSLR)…

    Don’t you all?

    mk1fan
    Member

    Check it for porn, download then hand to the Fuzz.

    is “hand to the fuzz” a euphemism for what you do after you’ve d/led the porn?

    Naughty boy

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