I need urgent help.. how do phone companies check if I used the Iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by IDontbreak, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. IDontbreak macrumors newbie

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    Basically my mom bought an Iphone 4s which I dont even need. Yet she convinced me to open it and I started the phone.
    The company which I bought it from said we could return it if I didnt start the phone. So I was thinking. If I leave it with 50% battery which it had from the beginning AND deleted all my settings, files etc. Then turned of the phone.
    Will they still be able to see If I started it?

    I called them and said "They would check the manuals" Lol what?. It might be legit though because they said they would examine/investigate it for 1 week.


    So how do you really make you Iphone brand new so NOBODY can see that you have used it?

    Thank you.


    Ps. I bought it from Sweden and NOT from apple
     
  2. r2shyyou macrumors 68000

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    As long as it hasn't been activated with a carrier, the following will do the trick:

    Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings

    If it's been activated with a carrier, then I'm guessing they can check using the phone's IMEI.
     
  3. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

    ideal.dreams

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    If you do a factory restore through iTunes, the phone will look like it was never touched. However, if it's been activated, there is probably a way they can tell.

    I've never heard of a company that will investigate the phone for a week to see if it was used though. That's a bit out there.
     
  4. IDontbreak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    They said it was okay if I started my new shipped sim card on a different phone so that doesnt matter? Or do you mean that im ****ed if I started my Iphone with the new Sim card? :(

    Thanks

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    The 1 week thing is probably because they are lazy or that they got 1000 other customers. But what do you mean by "However, if it's been activated, there is probably a way they can tell."

    Do you know how? And activated how? I thought you said it would look brand new after the Itunes restore..
     

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