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how to activate a found iphone

by murryhill / April 4, 2010 6:16 AM PDT

an iphone (8gb) was given to me which was found by a friend while jogging 3 months ago. No one claimed it so iphone was given to me. How do I activate if I just want to use it like an itouch? I don't want to sign up with AT&T for cell phone service.

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return it
by walker6672 / April 4, 2010 6:27 AM PDT

Being someone who loves their iPhone I would start by calling AT&T to see if the owner has reported it stolen/lost, then I would ask the AT&T about how to return the phone to the person who paid for it.

Wouldn't you want it back if you lost it?

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activating a found cell phone
by murryhill / April 4, 2010 6:41 AM PDT
In reply to: return it

my friend did call at&t...they told her it was deactivated, but it was not reported as stolen or lost...don't know why...I would say I lost it if I took the time out to deactivate.

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It can be done
by Pepe7 / April 4, 2010 10:08 AM PDT

Unfortunately, the tools/software involved to facilitate this are off limits as a discussion topic here. You will however need one of the aforementioned 'tools' as well as a SIM card to accomplish this.

Hop back on Google, you'll find more specifics than here.

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tools? sim card?
by murryhill / April 4, 2010 10:19 AM PDT
In reply to: It can be done

This is too complicated for me. l will give phone to someone else. I just thought I could use iphone like an itouch without having to sign up with att since I already have a cell phone.

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You don't have to sign up for ATT
by Pepe7 / April 4, 2010 11:52 PM PDT
In reply to: tools? sim card?

Again, be a little resourceful. Just because it requires a SIM card doesn't imply ATT service is necessary per se. Throw up quick natural search in google for what you are seeking. The results on 'how to' are in the first 30-50 hits.

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