Buying a no service iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by JamerTheProgram, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hey guys!
    I have found a good deal on an iPhone 4 with a no signal fault on eBay.
    I'm thinking of buying it so I can repair the antenna in it. I heard this issue is caused by a loose antenna cable in the phone, or even a software bug. Is that all it can be caused by? If so, I could probably fix it my self. What else can no signal be caused by?
    Thanks!
    PS:
    Its only 80 pounds so its not too much if it goes wrong as I could use with an iPod Touch anyway.
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    A bit of a grey area mate.
    I've been stung once before as this can also mean it has been barred, which means you may even be handling stolen goods:eek:
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    I do not believe it is a hardware issue, it's probably a bad esn/imei. Meaning it's carrier blocked.
     
  4. macrumors 68040

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    Why are you asking these questions, you are the one buying the phone to repair it, and I would assume you know how to do this.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    It could be caused by multiple issues could it not?
    A faulty update, loose antenna wire, antenna that needs replacing.
    Just wondering.
     
  6. macrumors Nehalem

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    Yep. Sounds like its blacklisted.
    Not a hardware issue that can be fixed.
    It was probably reported lost or stolen.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    Theres no way of knowing whether or not its blacklisted?
     
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    If you bought it behind the pipes in a dark alley...

    Google IMEI checker.
     
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    Ask the seller but he might not tell you the truth or say he doesn't know.
     

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