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    I found an iPhone at the side of the road (no joke) After trying to locate the owner unsuccessfully, I decided to keep it. However, the home button is not working. Does anyone know if the warranty will be good for second owners. Do you have subscribe to ATT? Any info is appreciated.

    As a response of the sharp criticism by thecompkid : When I found it, the battery was completely discharged. From the looks of it, i had been there for a while. I bought a charger to power on to see who it belonged to. It would not turn on. It just kept rebooting. At that point I did a complete restore. After that, there was nothing on the phone. As I said, the phone is malfunctioning. I am guessing limited water damage. Everything other than the home button is working. Could I have done more to try to locate the owner. Possibly. Could I have done less. Definitely. After reading many threads on HoFo, I know cell providers are not very keen in helping phones find their rightful owner, they are more interested in selling a new phone. As far as turning it in to the police. In most larger cities, the police is not very interested doing that either. I know how it is to lose a cellphone. My whole life is on mine, so I would want mine back. But I think I tried enough. So if you want to criticize, go ahead, but I doubt you would have tried any harder.
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    I highly doubt you tried contacting the owner I'm sure you can call one of the numbers on his phone and let them get in contact with the real owner
    But other than your lame excuse for keeping the phone im sure apple wouldnt know whos phone is whos. Bring it in see if the button is covered undered warranty

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    No one's going to help you. What kind of asshole decides to keep an iPhone he "found" (I highly doubt your story) and then thinks that he will get help from anyone in their right mind.

    So you're telling us that there are no contacts on the phone. You called AT&T and gave them the IMEI? You went to the local police department and turned it in to see if anyone turned up?

    There's absolutely no way that anyone would be incapable of finding the owner of a cell phone. Anyone that tries to convince us otherwise is just selfish and retarded.

    I hope you get arrested for theft when you go to the Apple store and they run the serial number. Actually, all you need to do is turn the phone on and they will be able to find you, so you're already screwed. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecompkid View Post
    No one's going to help you. What kind of asshole decides to keep an iPhone he "found" (I highly doubt your story) and then thinks that he will get help from anyone in their right mind.

    So you're telling us that there are no contacts on the phone. You called AT&T and gave them the IMEI? You went to the local police department and turned it in to see if anyone turned up?

    There's absolutely no way that anyone would be incapable of finding the owner of a cell phone. Anyone that tries to convince us otherwise is just selfish and retarded.

    I hope you get arrested for theft when you go to the Apple store and they run the serial number. Actually, all you need to do is turn the phone on and they will be able to find you, so you're already screwed. Have fun!
    Dude get a life, this is the REAL world, chances are (even though you almost certainly won't admit it) you would have kept it in his situation... Flaming helps no one.

    As for his question, I highly doubt the warranty would be valid under your circumstances as there is no AT&T contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neonkoala View Post
    Dude get a life, this is the REAL world, chances are (even though you almost certainly won't admit it) you would have kept it in his situation... Flaming helps no one.

    As for his question, I highly doubt the warranty would be valid under your circumstances as there is no AT&T contract.
    Okay, so you're telling me that if your iPhone was lost, and someone found it, you would have no problem if they just kept it? Last time I checked, cell phones have phone numbers stored in them almost 100% of the time. One of those numbers, at least, would contact either the owner or someone who could contact the owner. AT&T could also help with that if you were really determined.

    I'm not saying that I wouldn't want to keep the phone. I'll be the first to admit that it would be very hard giving it back and doing the right thing. But I would do my best to find the person who lost it instead of just blowing it off and trying to get it fixed for myself, simply because that's what I would expect any other mature reasonable person to do for me if I lost my iPhone. Do I put too much of my faith in humanity? Well, if you guys are any example, then I have my answer right there.

    The very fact that I have to explain this reasoning to you is a little discomforting. I guess you weren't brought up with morals and good judgment. Oh well, there goes society, proving me wrong again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thecompkid View Post
    Okay, so you're telling me that if your iPhone was lost, and someone found it, you would have no problem if they just kept it? Last time I checked, cell phones have phone numbers stored in them almost 100% of the time. One of those numbers, at least, would contact either the owner or someone who could contact the owner. AT&T could also help with that if you were really determined.

    I'm not saying that I wouldn't want to keep the phone. I'll be the first to admit that it would be very hard giving it back and doing the right thing. But I would do my best to find the person who lost it instead of just blowing it off and trying to get it fixed for myself, simply because that's what I would expect any other mature reasonable person to do for me if I lost my iPhone. Do I put too much of my faith in humanity? Well, if you guys are any example, then I have my answer right there.

    The very fact that I have to explain this reasoning to you is a little discomforting. I guess you weren't brought up with morals and good judgment. Oh well, there goes society, proving me wrong again.

    You really are stupid man, stop flaming someone and read what they wrote first... he said the phone wouldn't boot passed the apple logo therefore he had to do a restore in recovery mode... THAT WOULD MEAN THE NUMBERS WOULD BE ERASED! And it would be next to impossible to find the owner after that. F-ing read before you try to prove your non-existant point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquareGravy View Post
    You really are stupid man, stop flaming someone and read what they wrote first... he said the phone wouldn't boot passed the apple logo therefore he had to do a restore in recovery mode... THAT WOULD MEAN THE NUMBERS WOULD BE ERASED! And it would be next to impossible to find the owner after that. F-ing read before you try to prove your non-existant point.
    Okay, yeah, that would be my mistake. I didn't see that the OP had revised his post (most people use the reply button). So, yes, that would definitely be an example of a situation where you wouldn't be able to call someone. Sorry for the unnecessary flame war and for doubting the OP .

    Anyway, back on topic, I don't think that Apple will service it for you. Do you have any experience with electronics? You may be able to open it up and fix it yourself. If it's just the home button, it could be an easy fix. You could always try talking to the people at the Genius Bar. Often, they will give you a new phone on the spot (if you know what to say ).

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    I don't doubt that apple would fix it, perhaps not under warranty if it's evident that there's physical damage, not a manufacturing defect.

    I guess the bigger issue would be trying to activate it on ATT (assuming at this point it's a locked phone used "as intended".) since the IMEI will be reported lost most likely. Might have luck unlocking it and putting it on Tmo, or selling it overseas, but that's about it in my opinion.

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    Yeah, thats the other thing. You can always sell it as parts. Of course, thats not really any fun .

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    Sure.. it just so happen you had to restore it to get it to work.

    But I was about to suggest you pop the sim that came w/ the iphone to see if you can pull any contact info from it. If it was an iphone att sim, then forget about it, as the iphone doesn't save contacts to the sim.


 

 
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