Found a Droid X

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  1. joshrodriguez
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    Somebody left their droid x on the train today so I picked it up. I was trying to call the owner back but they locked the phone remotely while I was looking through his contacts. What should I do with the phone? Should I keep it? Would I be able to activate it? Should I take it to a verizon store?

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    Take it to a store. If he wiped it he probably reported it lost and you wont be able to activate it

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    Not to mention if the OP keeps the device, it would be considered theft. The old "finders keepers" thing doesn't apply here. Do the right thing and return the device to VZW, they will locate the owner.
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    Well, I'm sure you weren't really expecting to post on here and get a response of "You should keep it". We're all very attached to our Droids, and I know if I lost mine on a train and the person who found it decided not to return it, I would be pretty upset.

    What do you mean by locked remotely? Is it with an app, or just the pattern lock? Did you get a name or phone number off it?

    If you can't directly contact the owner to return it, I would suggest calling Verizon and giving them the ESN (should be printed in the battery compartment). See if they will be able to track the owner or return it for you. Whatever you do, don't just hand it over to the transit police. Not to imply that they are all dishonest, they just might not be as motivated to find the owner as you or I (or VZW)

    Another option is that you can pull the microSD card and see if you can figure out who it belongs to from the data on there.
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    Take it back to VZW. Don't invade the SD card. That is a privacy intrusion.

    They'll find the owner.
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    Be cool, stay in school....

    Only you can prevent forest fires....

    And, stay real...dont steal.
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    Every other week someone finds a Droid and asks "what to do" - do the right thing and take it to VZW
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    Not that I would ever keep something like that if I found it...because honestly, I wouldnt.....

    But how do ya'll find these things, lol....Ive never found anything in my life....hahaha
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    What goes around, comes around...

    Do something nice for someone today change change someone's life forever. yeah it may be just a phone, but the guys wife may need to call him on that phone 2 days from now cause a serial rapist is beating down the front door of the house...
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    Call or visit a Verizon store. The owner is going to be very happy to get his or her X back the same day they lost it. It's good Karma too.
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    I guess no one gave him the answer he wanted because hasn't replied since.

    Return the phone. They will be able to match numbers and find rightful owner.

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    talk to the owner at verizon

    I wouldn't want someone just leaving my phone at verizon, and hopefully verizon won't give info out to strangers wether you have the esp or not...

    I would go to verizon, and have them contact the owner in front of me, and I would speak to the owner over the phone. Then I would leave it with verizon once I knew someone knew their phone was returned and where it was at. I guess I don't trust anyone else to do the right thing....well actually, "I trust everyone. It's the devil inside of them I don't trust!"
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    fine, i'll play the bad guy. sell it on ebay as parts for $150 :)
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    I am sure he did the right thing and either called CS or took it to a store. But people need to get their heads on straight and keep their tech in their pockets.
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    im always nice and it never gets me anywhere. keep the phone, sell it on craigslist.
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    Dont give it to Verizon, just call someone in the contact list and find who the owner is and contact them to get it back.
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    +1 on this as well. This is exactly what I would do.
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    +2 just to make sure
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    This is a funny story. I used to live in japan and my wife found a iphone, she took it to soft bank witch is the only provider on base witch is were it was found and asked to return it. They took the phone an deactivated it and handed it back. We then e-mailed apple with the phone s/n and never got a reply. Try to return it carma sucks. I do still have the jail broke iPhone and used it for mounths
    I HATE THE iPhone and im do glade I have a DX.

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    There was a bunch of news stories awhile back about that. Apple has information on everyone that uses iTunes, which is effectively almost 100% of all iPods and iPhones. They could easily record the S/N when you try to connect using the device and use that as a way of disabling stolen/lost devices (or at least preventing them from ever connecting to the iTunes store, which would do a lot to help lower the street value of a stolen device).

    I think it was Dateline did a special where they tried to return a device to apple, and they couldn't get the apple stores to tell them the owner OR make any attempt to contact them, even though they had the information. If Apple wanted to, they could easily provide that service of at least allowing you to try to return a found device to its owner. The deactivating stolen devices feature would take a bit more overhead, since they would have to maintain a database of all owners and have some trusted method of updating it, otherwise the secondhand market for the devices would be killed. But with iPhones (and all other cell phones), they have NO EXCUSE. You have to sign a contract and provide a social security number to activate a phone these days, so they DEFINITELY know who you are. Found devices should be easy to return to the owner, and the providers and manufacturers should be helping.
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