Changing IMEI on iPhone 2G 3.1.2

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  1. karenneko macrumors newbie

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    Hello people,

    First, in case you wonder why would I want to change my iPhone's IMEI number, let me explain the situation; so you won't get the wrong idea :)

    A good friend of mine who lives in the US came to visit me and stayed for a few months. He registered his iPhone to the officials when he was here, so it was a legal to use that phone in my country, when he was here. Then he went back to US; after a year, he decided to give his iPhone 2G to me as a present, because he bought a 3GS. But when I received the phone, I couldn't use it because it says IMEI is blocked (even I unlocked it & did a jailbreak).

    I also have a phone of another brand, which is about to go to trash because it has too much problems (and the warranty is already finished). So because of this, I want to use my old phone's IMEI number on this iPhone.

    The question is, how can I change the IMEI # on my iPhone?

    Tech specs:
    iPhone 2G 8GB
    Firmware = 3.1.2
    Model = MA712LL
    4.6 Bootloader.

    Thanks in advance, for your help.

    -karenneko-
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I think you can do this, but it is illegal in most countries and I'm not sure how to change it. Please note that this forum does not help people in doing illegal things, like pirating apps and such.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I dont think its possible.
    I never heard of a tool that would accomplish this on the newer iphone firmware.
     
  4. Leet Apple macrumors 6502a

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    Go Find out why its blocked? contact Apple or something because i don't think you can just change you IMEI
     
  5. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Your iPhone's IMEI is blocked because it was reported lost or stolen. You will not ever be able to use it on any UK carrier. Sorry.
     
  6. karenneko thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope, I'm pretty sure that it's not stolen or reported stolen.
    And I already know that IMEI is hardcoded, but I also know that it's written to the bootrom with the update.

    So, what's the highest firmware I can use with changing IMEI #?
     
  7. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    More to this than you are telling. Visiting the US for several months and "registering your iPhone" (whatever that is meant to mean) won't get it placed on blacklist. And in your initial post you are very matter of fact about it being blacklisted. So obviously you understand why it was blocked.

     
  8. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    There is no other reason your IMEI would be blacklisted. Seriously.

    Also, are you aware that changing an IMEI is a crime in the UK punishable by up to 5 years' imprisonment?
     
  9. sapporobaby macrumors 68000

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    I call ********. This is a crap story. I spoke to a friend of mine at Sonera and he said phones are only blacklisted and blocked for being stolen or lost. This guy is a scammer. There is no country in the world where the iPhone is blocked via the IMEI.

    Mods, capture his IP and report him to his ISP. He is lying.
     
  10. karenneko thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah yeah. Would you like me to post the scanned document about the bill of the iphone with the hardcoded IMEI number, the picture of the iphone with that same hardcoded IMEI number, the signed original letter from my friend which give that specific iPhone with that hardcoded IMEI, my ownership about the 2nd broken phone (with my name, date and IMEI on the invoice) etc etc... ?

    And let me tell you this, may all the internet folks witness this, if you prove any of the statements I've told in my first post or about "its a stolen phone, blah blah" is a lie, than I shall give you 1 billion $ cash.

    Come on, please don't judge people with your one-way-thinking-only sense.

    And I am not at home atm, but if you insist enough, I'll post my IMEI and the message I get when it's blocked. (if its not a crime to post my IMEI # of course.)

    Finally, both the phones are officialy belong to me, so its not a crime because I don't want to fake the IMEI # or use sb elses.

    P.S. I'not residing in UK!
     
  11. sapporobaby macrumors 68000

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    Right, right. The law says, changing IMEI's is illegal. Not it's okay if you own both phones. Is that clear now or are you just not able to comprehend this. Second, I spoke to a representative from a GSM operator and they say your story is crap. The iPhone is not banned, or blocked in any country. They only block IMEI's for stolen or lost phones. If yours is blocked, then your "friend" stole or had a stolen phone and passed it to you. Either way it is illegal and that is that. Try your story over in another forum that will readily buy it. I still call BS on your story.
     
  12. karenneko thread starter macrumors newbie

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    1- You'll get nothing with any of your tries, because there's no lie about that.
    2- I'm not that techie so I don't even know the difference between iPhone blocking and IMEI blocking.
    3- My iPhone works great with the AT&T card that belongs to my friend which gave the iPhone to me (with the latest firmware, unhacked, clean, latest baseband, fully functional - with youtube&voicemail etc); I'm only having this problem in my country.

    Hope its more clear.
     
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Well call up your countrys wireless providers and try to straighten it out then if you have proper documentation that its yours and its never been reported lost or stolen.
     
  14. sapporobaby macrumors 68000

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    Exactly.

    I will trust my friends the work at the local GSM operator than some anon guy asking for help to ILLEGALLY change his IMEI code.

    To the OP: whatever dude. Good luck with your story.
     
  15. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    If, as you claim, the phone hasn't been reported as lost or stolen, why do you believe the phone's IMEI has been blocked?
     
  16. Leet Apple macrumors 6502a

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    Dude Take the initiative to atleast try to call your local GSM provider and figure out why your IMEI is blocked.:confused:

    Arguing with people over the forums will not help and i think 98% of the people on this forum do not know how to change an IMEI ;)
     
  17. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

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    yeah this doesn't sound like a stolen phone :rolleyes:

    4 posts, all in this thread

    OP what you are asking for is illegal

    there are only a few reasons why an IMEI would be blocked

    your story sounds like its been stolen or reported stolen

    you aren't going to get any help on these forums
     
  18. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

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    Just first of all to say that USA laws do not apply worldwide. Even though most yanks think they do. You don't know the OP's country so you don't know that it's illegal. You should keep your moralisings and posturings to yourselves.

    To the OP, I believe that you can do this with ZiPhone if you have firmware 1.1.3 (maybe 1.1.4 also) on the phone. I am not all that up to date with iPhone 2G software, so I don't know if you have a way to get back to 1.1.4 from 3.1.2. And I don't know if the changed IMEI sticks then if you update later, maybe someone here does.

    Anyway, here are detailed instructions on how to do it, posted on iClarified (hmm, can't be so illegal then....):
    http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=657
     
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    Here in NZ, one of the operators blocks all ESNs (CDMA version of IMEI) and then explicitly whitelists "approved" phones (ie. ones sold by that operator). It wouldn't surprise me if there's something similar with IMEIs in another country.

    Having said that, as mentioned, there is no legitimate reason to modify your IMEI. Doing so would at the very least be circumventing your operator's terms of service.
     
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