Bought used iPhone- activation question

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by unicorns16, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. unicorns16 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I bought a jailbroken iPhone 5 from someone, then when I went to go activate it, the Best Buy employee said that the phone was either reported lost/stolen, or the number had not been deactivated.

    Called seller, and asked if he deactivated it, and he said he forgot but would do it when the Sprint helpline opens, tomorrow morning. Apparently he switched from Sprint to T-Mobile sometime in the last few weeks, and changed numbers as well for some reason.

    It does still have his Facebook signed in, and what must be his old number listed in the phone settings.

    My question is, since I am already in possession of the phone, will he be able to remotely deactivate the phone? Or would he have to take the phone into the store? I have no phone(broken, why I need a new one) to contact him with, but gave him a friend's number to text when (if) he deactivates it.

    Do I have anything to worry about? Thanks!
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    So what carriers iphone 5 did you buy?
    Is it a sprint iphone?
    You know those will only work with Sprint USA right?
    What carrier are you trying to use it on?
    You're sure he didn't leave his find my iphone turned on still on the phone judging how he left his facebook and everything still installed with all his info. And you're positive that it doesn't have a bad esn?
     
  3. unicorns16 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi! Thanks! The ESN turned out ok on online checks. Are those reliable?

    It is a Sprint phone, and I am trying to use with Sprint, USA.

    How would I check to see if find my iphone is turned on?
    If it helps, everything he forgot to delete from the phone is back from around mid-September, which I'm guessing is when he switched phones or something.
     
  4. Trebuin macrumors 65816

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    check this site:

    https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/

    That will give you a bit of data to include iCloud status. The seller should be able to deactivate that phone remotely.

    Here's some information in regards to that:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ph2702

    He needs to remotely wipe the phone, then remove it form the account. The first link will allow you to check if it has been reported stolen.
     
  5. its Dale macrumors 6502

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    This is why i stopped buying phones from random people online.

    Only buy a phone if it comes with the original receipt.

    Not sure if you know, but people sell used phones and report them stolen days or weeks after the sale, so they can get a new one via insurance. Once a phone is reported stolen, only the original purchase receipt can unblacklist the phone. There is NOTHING you can do about it otherwise. Reporting to the cops/phone carrier wont help any.

    And please dont believe anything the seller says. For all you know hes just blowing smoke
     
  6. unicorns16 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!

    The first link said that the activation lock is off.
     
  7. Trebuin macrumors 65816

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    That's definitely good.
     
  8. unicorns16 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your help.

    I think I was scammed. Luckily, he left his FB logged in and I found where he goes to high school, so I could contact his superiors for justice to be served.

    This is now resolved, thanks!

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    Thank you!

    Next time I buy a used phone, I am making the person come with me to the Sprint store and stand there while they activate it on my account.
     

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