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  1. prepaid ftw

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    hey,

    about a month ago i found an eris. i tried to contact the owner but to no avail.

    today i said screw it, and decided to just keep it and use it for myself.
    i added some music, browsed the web and overall just try to familiarize myself with the phone.

    the issues i've come across:

    -won't let me sign into gmail
    -won't allow me to enter the market

    I got to thinking about a factory reset but was concerned with being able to use the wifi and such post reset.

    What are my options to still use the device without having to sign a contract with vzw.
    Leave it the way it is? can i upgrade to the leaked upgrade? can i root it? any other options?

    (forgive the lack of knowledge. Any and all info is greatly appreciated)
     

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  2. rick311

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    i think the only thing you can do without it having service is browse the web.
     
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    can you browse the web only through wifi, or does it still pick up 3g service? or contact vzw and see if the phone had been report lost. if not, sell it or use it.
     
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    Its most likely been reported as lost or stolen as of know. I cant think of anyone how would lose their eris and just say oh the hell with it and not report it lol
     
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    only through wifi.

    the service has been disconnected. so no phone calling or 3g capabilities.
     
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    If it were reported lost or stolen, and you tried to activate, wouldn't VZ be able to see that that particular device was "lost or stolen"?
     
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    yes, vzw is who you report it to.
     
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    So I would assume that if somebody has lost their phone, they call VZ to report it. Prepaid finds it and a month later calls VZ to activate. I would think they won't activate a phone that's been reported lost or stolen, right?
     
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    correct. but its worth a shot. that person might have not known to report it lost, so prepaid would have a free eris.
     
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    VZW has more than likely black listed the ESN on the phone. It is technically their property now that it has been lost.
     
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    They still might. My mom recently had to activate one of my old dumb phones (she dropped her phone in the toilet). It wouldn't let us do it online. When she took it into the store, the rep told her the phone had been marked as stolen. He cleared it out and activated the phone though.
     
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    Go do the right thing and turn the phone in to verizon. If it is reported as stolen, you can be charged with possession of stolen property. That could mess up your probation status.
     
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    I'm a cableguy....really
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    If it's been a month... the person that lost it already got a replacement. Probably didn't report it to Verizon, just called the insurance.
    I agree the right thing is to try to return it. But after a month... enjoy your new phone
     
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    Ridiculous.

    There's no legal obligation for a person that finds something to try to find the owner. Only a moral one.
    Even if they suspected it was stolen, cops probably wouldn't waste their time on it.
     
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    +1
     
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    well i went and figured it out myself.
    and being that ppl seemed to only focus
    on the fact that i did not personally purchase the phone this thread wasn't much help.


    *mods may feel free to delete or close this thread.
     
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    Well, excuuuuuse us. :rolleyes:
     
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    sometimes you gotta stop relying on others and just take things into your own hands.

    ;)
     
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    Ummm, that is something you should probably do when you are alone and not go around telling others about it. Just saying.
     
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    touch
     

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