I have found phones in the past. If they contain any type of SIM Card, I naturally without even thinking or contemplating check which carrier the SIM belongs to, and then head to the store which the sim card indicates. so for example Rogers sim = rogers store, wind sim card = freedom mobile store, telus = telus store, then kindly explain to the retail store agent I found a phone on the ground, and would like the store to do the rest of the work and contact the phone owner and notify them. Sometimes the owner may not want the phone back if its water damaged, but it gives them peace of mind knowing there are people out there who are honest and not crooks and will go the extra mile to do these things.
I do the same thing when I find wallets, passports, credit cards, etc. I go to the local police station in the municipality I am in, and notify them that I found such and such, and let the people whose job it is to notify the person. If you really need a Burner phone badly, ask a friend or family member if they have a old used one kicking around i'm sure they would prefer to give you one instead of you using one you found off the street. and remember, the one you found could also be blacklisted as we have a national blacklist maintained by all canadian wireless carriers, so even if it works now ,the owner may decide to blacklist it at a later time. not worth the risks and morally not right to do.
Last edited by 57; 2019-08-23 at 11:33 PM.
Reason: Religious reference removed.