The streets of Toronto are paved with smart phones...well when I looked down on the street while cycling home they were. Looking back up at me was a shiny iPhone, scooping up the little lost techno-hobo I took it home and fed it some juice to see if I could play Friends Reunited with the device.
My private magpie eyes went to work following a few clues. When I pulled off the green case I found a business card with just an email address on. This bounced back but I tweeted the company as well as a putting out a general lost & found to my followers in 140 characters.
Three people retweeted which could potentially have reached 4467 added to my own 850ish. I also got a little advice to boot.
When the phone switched on the keypad was locked in French, though I could see the wall paper which was set. Would this image jog anyone's memory?
At a loss I thought maybe someone might call, bypassing the locked screen. I next had the idea to plug it in to see if anything would happen. Sure enough iTunes booted & gave me the name of the person who's phone it was. I went on Facebook & sent out a few messages to those who matched with the instructions to call themselves.
The last brainwave I had to was to take out the SIM card & plop it in my unlocked phone, hoping that some contact numbers might be saved on the memory. No luck there but a call to the voicemail redirected me to customer services who thanked me & asked me to turn it over to a shop or police.
I'll probably never meet the person who the phone belongs to but I hope they get back the photos and other treasured digital macguffins we all carry around on a daily basis.
I left a little souvenir on the phone, turns out you can still take a photo by double tapping the home button.
How much security do you have set up on your electronics?