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1st cell phone find

Capt Dan

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iPhone 11 I think. Not much of a story to tell found it at the beach in about 3 inches of water maybe 6 inches deep. thought it was going to be a vape. Glad I got to cross another first off the list.

Thanks, Dan
 

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WV62

Well-known member
I found one on my last hunt a couple of weeks back. So for those interested, the E-Trac ID numbers for a cell phone are 9-46. LOL
Ron in WV
 

Mark kus

Well-known member
iPhone 11 I think. Not much of a story to tell found it at the beach in about 3 inches of water maybe 6 inches deep. thought it was going to be a vape. Glad I got to cross another first off the list.

Thanks, Dan
LOL did it turn on?
Mark
 

fwcrawford

Well-known member
Great find!!
Lots of them get lost especially around water..
I found one at the beach some years ago and two in a nearby river… one this past summer and another a couple years ago in the same location below a set of rapids and was able to return all three to the owners.
All worked when I found them, but one died shortly after I found it.
 

Hauptmann aD

Active member
I found an iPhone last year and got it returned to me from the finds office after 6 month. Unfortunately it is locked by the person who lost it and there is no way to get help from Apple to get or relay the contact data to return it.
 

fwcrawford

Well-known member
I found an iPhone last year and got it returned to me from the finds office after 6 month. Unfortunately it is locked by the person who lost it and there is no way to get help from Apple to get or relay the contact data to return it.
I took two of the ones I found to the service provider and they were able to find the owner even though they were locked.
They could not help me with the last one because the owner had switched providers when he got a replacement, but he had his name in the emergency feature which I could access and that is how I was able to find him.
 

Mark kus

Well-known member
I took two of the ones I found to the service provider and they were able to find the owner even though they were locked.
They could not help me with the last one because the owner had switched providers when he got a replacement, but he had his name in the emergency feature which I could access and that is how I was able to find him.
Yea you can do this I’ve seen people do this
 

Capt Dan

Well-known member
I’m looking forward to my first find return, but I think this one is a basket case. I tried blowing the charging port out with my compressor, but the charger still won’t plug all the in. Also, I checked online it says that the iPhone 11 can only stay in the water for 30 minutes or so without damage. I don’t really “need” the $57 but if someone wants to give it to me in trade for a cell phone shaped brick I guess I’ll take it.
Thanks to everyone for responding. I’m really having fun with this hobby.
 

fwcrawford

Well-known member
I do not blame you at all.. if it’s cooked, it’s cooked…. Just trying trying to pass on what has worked for me.
It is nice to be able to return lost items to the owner, but sometimes it is just not possible.
 

tvr

Well-known member
I've got a drowned iPhone found in the water a couple months ago. Verizon is advertising a new, latest iPhone when you trade in "any iPhone in any condition" ... I hate cell phones and don't carry one, but I might just see if they really mean it and will take the drowned one in for the deal.
 

Ronstar

Well-known member
I found a flip phone in the old arboretum on campus. Even tho it was totally toast there are valuable metals in them that can be salvaged. Sounds like you found a reputable site and I would recycle it for that offer.
 

Hauptmann aD

Active member
I took two of the ones I found to the service provider and they were able to find the owner even though they were locked.
They could not help me with the last one because the owner had switched providers when he got a replacement, but he had his name in the emergency feature which I could access and that is how I was able to find him.
Can't even see the provider. The SIM card is pin locked and has no imprints on the outside.
 

Odanscoils

Well-known member
I found an iPhone last year and got it returned to me from the finds office after 6 month. Unfortunately it is locked by the person who lost it and there is no way to get help from Apple to get or relay the contact data to return it.
Try looking at it through your computer.
Like when you get pictures of it.
 
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