Got sold a stolen iPhone 6S

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Splackavellie, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Splackavellie macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys

    Think I have been sold a stolen iPhone 6S. I believe the phone is actually unlocked to any carrier but I think the IMEI number has been blacklisted through many carriers across Australia. Therefore I am restricted from making calls.

    It seems I can SMS but am very limited as to what I can do such as phoning people.

    I think this is known as a hard lock.

    I wondered if you guys know a way of bypassing this?

    The only way I can think of is changing the IMEI which I guess would be impossible for me.

    Or even a jailbreak could fix it maybe?

    I was told it will work overseas with any carrier but just not Australia.
     
  2. Sal09 macrumors regular

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    Hand in to the police. No one on here will be able to help you !
     
  3. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    Agree it is a police matter.

    In UK changing IMEI is illegal can can land you in prison.
     
  4. frankgrimes macrumors 6502a

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    Inform apple asap and hand it to the police. Hope you still have the bill and the adress from the seller good luck
     
  5. NIGHTMARE^ macrumors regular

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    No jailbreak fix is there.
    You can use outside of Australia if you know that why u bought in first place. And anyone will buy he need apple id for activation. It's better to sell it.
     
  6. bbrks macrumors 65816

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    SO you are suggesting to sell a stolen device.....interesting....
     
  7. NIGHTMARE^ macrumors regular

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    Sell him to the same source from he purchase. And its just ipod now so what he will do.
     
  8. Strider64 macrumors regular

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    The honest and honorable thing to do is hand it over to the police and take it as a costly mistake. There's a saying if the deal sounds too good to be true then it probably isn't true.
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    There's nothing you can do. You can't change the imei and nothing via jb will correct that blacklisting.
    Try to get your money back and contact the police against the person that sold you stolen property.
    Be more careful next time.
     
  10. blueflower macrumors 6502

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    Always good to hear from the angels here on earth *rolls eyes*
     
  11. bufffilm, Aug 18, 2016
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    Tra-la-la-la.

    Send it back. Or keep it and stare at it.

    If you are a legit buyer, you would have contacted the seller right off the bat. It you are the thief, or bought the phone hoping a workaround was possible...guess again.
     
  12. dembu19 macrumors member

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    Restore the phone to the new IOS and try to activate. If activates, that can mean that your sim card can be faulty.
    Did you try another sim card ?
     
  13. mbpowner macrumors regular

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    since when has it been illegal to spoof IMEI numbers? :eek:
     
  14. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    It seems like at best it's somewhat in a gray-area in US, but in other places like UK there may very well be specific legal regulations associated with it. But certainly the whole idea of "spoofing" which also in connotation brings up "cloning" at the very least walks if not actually crosses that line of legality.
     
  15. mbpowner macrumors regular

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    Spoofing isn't illegal, in itself, however it can be considered a crime if the intention is to hide who's behind the crime, that's what i think i read, anyways?
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Changing the IMEI number of any lost or stolen device is in fact illegal.
    Doesnt really matter since it's not possible to change the IMEI on any current generation iphone besides the original iphone 2G with bootloader 4.6 and ios version 1.1.3
     
  17. mbpowner macrumors regular

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    So is this practice only illegal on iPhones or on other phones too?
     
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Seems like it would apply to all cellular devices.
     
  19. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Every device.
    Messing with IMEI's trying to change or alter them is illegal.
     
  20. mbpowner macrumors regular

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    Why isn't spoofing a user agent string illegal?
    Why isn't spoofing an IP address illegal ?
    Why isn't spoofing the etag headers (that sites can use to identify returning visitors either by use of the cache or injecting further identifiers to see if they match) illegal?

    I'm pretty sure you mean that it's only illegal if the IMEI number of a stolen device is spoofed, rather than the IMEI number of your own device.

    You can tamper with data on YOUR OWN DEVICE can't you ?
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Cellular devices are different from computers and browsers and have different laws and regulations that apply to them. But those are all questions for your governing body and related organizations as they are the ones that set the laws, rules, and regulations in place.
     
  22. mbpowner macrumors regular

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    Please read my edit.
     
  23. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    From your post, I take it your perspective on such matters is somewhat different?
     
  24. Phil A. Moderator

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    It depends where you live. If you live in the UK, for example, you most certainly cannot change the IMEI number on your device without breaking the law:

    The Mobile Telephones (Re-programming) Act 2002 made it a criminal offence to change the IMEI number on your device and can land you 5 years in jail.

    Even owning equipment that can perform the reprogramming can be an offence with the same 5 year maximum jail term.

    Here's a link to the law: http://origin-www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002/31/contents
     
  25. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No, you cannot alter IMEI and international mobile device network identifiers even if the device is legally yours. There's safety and security reasons behind it and much more that I rather not get into cause you dont seem to get it or dont want to get it.
    About your other questions or remarks not sure, research them and find out the laws yourself.
     

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