I was driving home today day, and I saw something shiny in the road. I drove past it but something said to me "That is an iPhone." My cousin had recently had her lost phone returned to her by a stranger. She had lost it along with her drivers license, and the kind guy had called all the Dances in the phone book in the city listed on her license. I figured karma was calling my name, so I turned around and sure enough it was a lost iPhone. The screen was pretty much shattered, just like my cousins phone had been. Unfortunately I didn't have a drivers license to get a name from.
I pressed the power button and the screen lit up, blank white. I figured that was pretty much a miracle. I know it would be on the slide to unlock screen so I tried to gently slide my finger across the shattered glass to unlock it without slicing my finger open. No luck. I then tried to hold down the home button to get voice control. I figured I could tell it to "Call Home" or something, but no luck. Maybe she didn't have it activated.
Next step, was I took the iPhone home and plugged it into my Mac. Amazingly enough it made the sync noise and iTunes popped up with "Lindy's iPhone" in the sidebar. I could only see the music she had on her phone from iTunes but I knew that if I could sync it to the computer I could get the some contact info. However, I didn't want to override all my info on my Mac with her's.
I quickly made a new user on my computer, logged in, and synced the phone up. I was worried she wouldn't have, or I wouldn't be able to get the contact info so while it was syncing I opened up iPhoto. I figured I could use the geolocation of photos to find a "home base". No such luck, she didn't have her iPhone recording photo locations.
Luckily the addresses book synced without problems and she had a Mom and a Dad contact so I called her Dad and said, "This is a random call, but do you have a daughter named Lindy? I have her phone."
Turns out she lived a block from where I found the phone. I drove over there, she wasn't there, so I left the phone in her porch mailbox with a note.
And that I how you return a lost iPhone when the screen is smashed.