- If you found a mobile phone…. what would you do?
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.Posted 10 years ago
What would you do with it? Throw it, return it to the network, keep it, try and unlock it, other?RudeBoyMember
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.Posted 10 years agoBoardinBobSubscriber
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…Posted 10 years agomamadirtMember
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 🙄 . 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.Posted 10 years agoTandemJeremyMember
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Hand it to the police. If unclaimed after 3 months its yours legally
I found a purse containing £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?Posted 10 years agoDimmadanMember
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.Posted 10 years ago
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.allyharpSubscriber
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!Posted 10 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
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.Posted 10 years agoCountZeroMember
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.Posted 10 years agoMunqe-chickMember
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
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.Posted 10 years agoJon TaylorSubscriber
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.Posted 10 years ago
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