Invalind Serial number iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by dnnup, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. dnnup macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2014
    Im trying to buy an iphone from ebay, and i asked the seller for the serial number and it shows the serial number belongs to a phone that has been replaced. Will i be able to use it as a cell phone? it is locked to a mexico company that i plan to use it on.
  2. dnnup thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2014
  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    I'd avoid it like the plague.

    Think about it. Apple have replaced the phone, yet he still has it?
  4. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    You MIGHT be able to activate it via iTunes or even the carrier but if anything is wrong with it, even if that person told you it was under warranty it is not. So you will be hosed.

    My guess is either the person got it replaced and then palmed the replacement when someone wasn't looking, or pulled some kind of serial number scam on the tech. That crap is part of why Apple changed rules demanding techs open all phones that won't turn on to find the serial inside and require a validation of that serial with the logic board serial (they are paired in system to know what should be together) and removed the imei and serial from sim card trays in newer models

    I wouldn't take the risk, for all you know it's on iOS 7 and activation lock is in place and the guy will disappear leaving you with a brick that no one, not even Apple, can sort out
  5. ugcop macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA
    IOS 7 is bringing a whole new dimension to buying used iPhones unless you can put your hands on it and see it unlocked and working.
  6. JOSE891 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2012
    Las Vegas
    Sounds about right.

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