Should my friend keep a phone he found?

My friend has kept a phone he found but I say this is stealing. Am I right?

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CTPAHHIK  Jul. 5, 2011 at 15:47

Finders Keepers ...

If original owner does not take proactive measures to retrieve his/hers property it's yours to keep.

Maybe a phone call to something similar to "home" or "mom/dad/wife ... " from phone book. That's already a favor in my opinion.

If SIM card already disconnected I would not bother and just keep it.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 5, 2011 at 15:58

harsh words, ctpahhik...
What if the owner wasn't careless? What if it was stolen and then discarded?
Furthermore, I'm quite certain that finders-keepers applies After you, as the finder, tried to return the item to the rightful owner. But I may be wrong on that one, legally speaking.
That aside, I don't understand why people who 'lose' their phone do not have it blocked? It does give CTPAHHIK's point at least some validity.

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 5, 2011 at 16:02

There is no legal way to find out who phone belongs to. You are not allowed to look through personal info on the phone. That's invading privacy and you can be charged (ridiculous I know).
If owner does not call or sends a text how would you know who to return it to?
Locked phones do not make outgoing calls, but can receive them. Outgoing calls can be blocked on provider level, but incoming could remain. If SIM is disconnected and phone is blocked what can you possibly do?


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