Found: Cell phone on PATH

8/5/2009:

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Did you lose your cell phone this morning?

Hoboken411 reader Kristin found one and said:
“I found a phone on the path train this morning. (Around 9:15-9:20am) It was just sitting on the seat like it had fallen out of someone’s pocket. The person probably works in Hoboken. I tried to find a Path employee to give it to, but there was no one around. If they can describe it, it’s theirs. Email me at kristin.martin3@gmail.com

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7 Comments on "Found: Cell phone on PATH"

potatochip
Member

What I do on my home screen saver is write, “If Lost please call (my house number)”.

I know this is no help to whomever found the phone but usually there has to be some sort of indication of the provider?

If all else fails see if the PATH has a Lost and Found. I would imagine they have to have one.

kmartin
Member
kmartin

thanks for all your ideas…unfortunately there is “no service” so I can’t even bring it to the service provider.

elainetyger
Member
elainetyger

Very likely the person called to have it disabled already. I did immediately the last time my phone disappeared, since no one answered when I called it. An hour later, when I went back to the last place I had used it, the owner in that store was also missing his phone; apparently, the group of yoots who crowded and jostled us stole our phones.

If you still want to do something good with it, you could take it to Whole Foods for recycling.

In response to kmartin who said:
thanks for all your ideas…unfortunately there is “no service” so I can’t even bring it to the service provider.

MidnightRacer
Member

OK, so then taking it to the service provider would allow them to look up the numbers on the back (behind battery) of the phone to find the owner it’s registered to.

The hoboken411 alert/email response method would work, but I’d rather try the service provider first. It’s nice of her even get the message online, but believe it or not, not everyone knows about Hoboken411 (I’ve seen many rock habitats in town).

rich k
Member
rich k

Kristin – check the address book on the phone to see if there’s an ICE (In Case of Emergency) entry. When my daughter dropped her phone, that entry resulted in a call to me within 15 minutes, and she had her phone back within an hour.
For everyone else, if you don’t have an ICE entry on your cellphone, do it today. List the numbers and emails of the top people you would want called if you were incapacitated and rescue personnel needed to find family or friends, or if you just lost your phone.

MidnightRacer
Member

Kristin, try taking it to the service provider (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, TMobile, etc.) and see if they have the person’s work phone on record, have them call that person to pick up the phone from you or the service provider (make sure you document them keeping the phone if you release it to them).

I dropped my cell phone on the curb getting out of a taxi once (damn those belt clips – never use one again). I walked quarter of a block to my building, realized I dropped it (happened alot with the belt clip), went back to the curb and it was gone. The person the next day dropped it off at AT&T and they called me in the morning, went there and got it.

Or the email way would work… unless the person has embarrassing photos on it.

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