Bought iphone from friend, it doesn't work?

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  1. iphone211540 macrumors newbie

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    Hey,
    So i bought an iphone from a friend for $200 and when i put my sim in it, it wouldn't work. I googled up some info and found that it's probably blacklisted. DOEST AT&T BLACKLIST IPHONES IN USA? I've read countless stories about the blacklistings and such in the UK and other countries, but im not sure if they do it in the USA.
    So my question is, how can i use my own at&t sim in this iphone? I know my friend is the original owner of it, so can he call at&t and un-blacklist the phone?
    I really need the phone for everyday use and would appreciate help.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    What kind of iPhone is it? AT&T does not blacklist phones yet.
     
  3. iphone211540 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. iEnvy macrumors 65816

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    More info about your specific carrier, OS number, and what your friend did with the phone previously could shed some answers
     
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  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    It should work. Put your SIM card in the iPhone an restore it with iTunes.
     
  7. iphone211540 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ill try restoring it with iTunes and tell you how it goes.
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    just because you haven't said so explicitly in the thread:

    Are you in the US? Is the SIM an AT&T SIM?

    B
     
  9. nparmelee macrumors 6502

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    Is the phone AT&T model? Sprint? Verizon?
    Is the SIM AT&T?
    Does the SIM work in another phone or device?
     
  10. iphone211540 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have an an AT&T sim. I live in the USA. and its an at&t phone. and yes it works in my old samsung atnt phone.
     
  11. rotobadger macrumors 65816

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    I agree. Full restore then try again. Or ask your buddy?
     
  12. j.dstasio macrumors 6502

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    Also, if your sim card is very old you may need a new one. When I switched from a palm phone to the first iPhone my sim card was fine but it wouldn't work when the iPhone 3G came out.

    The iPhone 4S came out in October. If a restore and a new sim card doesn't fix it take a trip to Apple. It's still under warranty.
     
  13. NZed macrumors 65816

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    Go with your friend too.
     

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