Advice needed: Buying a stolen iPhone ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Dr. Cabrera, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

    Aug 25, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Hey guys my Iphone was stolen about 1.5 weeks ago and I have been searching ebay and Craigslist for a viable replacement.

    If I find a person selling an Iphone for a good price, how can I verify that the Iphone is not stolen ?

    (I hope the title is not too misleading)
  2. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    Not really a good way for you to determine the history of an original iPhone or the iPhone 3G. The best you can do is to check the warranty status on the Apple site by asking the seller for the serial number.

    Apple Warranty Status....

  3. byeehaaw macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2007
    New York, NY
    umm im pretty sure i purchased a stolen iphone on a forum a few weeks ago. i was scared when the wifi stopped working, but i checked the serial number on the apple site and it was still good. i called up and they sent me a box on friday to send it back for a replacement. Im not 100% sure if the unit i bought was stolen or not but i assumed it was cuz it didnt come with any accesories, and the guy sold it to me for a relatively cheap price for a 16gb iphone. They said they would give me a new unit. i hope so :D
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    As long as you don't see a guy sporting a pageboy haircut and carrying a captive bolt pistol hunting you down using the "Find My iPhone" feature, you're fine.
  5. zunairryk macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
  6. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    +2 ^^^ That's one of the funniest stories I've ever heard....:D

    Hey Doc, you might want to NOT purchase one from the internet CL or eB, if you are concerned about the chances that it might be stolen. Maybe if you can find a refurb at a reasonable price via AT&T, that's the route I would go....
  7. Knolly macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2007
    That's kind of a bad sweeping statement. While of course there is a chance that iPhones on Craigslist or eBay would be stolen, it's an incredibly small fraction. Obviously I don't have numbers to back it up, just mainly faith in humanity.
  8. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 25, 2008
    Los Angeles

    I've tried three AT&T stores and two apple stores

    they want to charge me $500+ for an Iphone :(

    I don't need a new phone, I just need one that works
  9. kicko macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2008
    and how much have you seen from CL or eBay for under $400. You might find a semi-deal on either but most prices i have seen are clos enough to $500 anyways. If thats the case why not just get a temp phone(something AT&T used say from CL) and get the new iphone in JUNe.
  10. Dr. Cabrera thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 25, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I'm using a temp sony ericsson at the moment.

    I don't want to rely on a rumor of a new phone

    I am currently using my palm pilot for programs like epocrates/dynamed/etc medical programs, but it was so much easier on the iphone

    i may end up buying a cracked screen iphone and replacing the screen myself
  11. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    And keep looking for your old iPhone's SN as you may come across it on eBay or Craigslist.
  12. leons macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2009
    If I buy it from Craigslist, and the serial number shows as valid, does that mean ATT will give me warrenty service on the phone?

    - Even if I don't have "Iphone" Service with AT&T?
    - Will they care that the phone was originally sold/activated by someone else?

  13. Aaleck macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2007
    Michigan, USA
    Probably the only way of knowing is the serial number... but if you report a stolen iPhone to Apple or something, I wonder if they would stop the warranty information or put some kind of note on it saying it was reported stolen?
  14. Stiss macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2009
    Wouldnt the original owner just use the IMEI number to have the phone blocked, because im sure AT&T or O2 depending would store that info and have the phone blocked?!
  15. Private Dirt macrumors regular

    Private Dirt

    Jan 19, 2009
    You will know if it is stolen as soon as you plug the phone into your computer. If it is stolen then a midget will jump out of your computer and kick your arse with the iPhone and then turn you into app! :cool: seriously!!
  16. KidStallyn macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2008

    What if it's ur stolen iPhone??

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