1. Text message from a phone sold as “broken” on eBay
New York artist Kyle M. F. Williams had the idea of a covering a razor scooter in Razr phones as a piece of sculpture. On eBay, he found a lot of 44 Razr phones from a seller who appeared to be a electronics repair shop out of Texas being sold in “as-is” condition for only $89 total.
“I assumed they would all be broken, or wiped, but when I got them I found that half of them still had texts, sexts, pics, and vids. So I took a couple days and figured out how to dump all the content from the phones onto my computer,” Williams told me. Using Amazon’s print on demand publishing service, he is selling a paperback book out of the images, titled Razr.
Why would someone leave personal information on their phone? Williams suspects the owners weren’t stupid, they were just unlucky. “Maybe all the Razrs I bought were the ones he couldn’t fix and the original owners didn’t care to erase ‘em and scooped up a cool new Droid or something instead. Also, I bet nobody actually knew how to wipe these things. It takes like 10 steps to delete a photo in that shitty menu system. Who’s gonna do that for every sexy image you have in ‘My Pix & Flix’.”