iPhone 3G Blocked By O2. Can It Be Unlocked?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by emzino, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. emzino macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2009
    Hi all.

    I'll keep this to the point and make it quick as its late.

    Cousins iPhone 3G was lost so he called the insurance and he got a new iPhone 3G sent to him.

    The 1st iPhone 3G was found by his workplace but is blocked by O2.

    Is there a way to unblock that and get it working again?

    When I say get it working, I mean on O2, not any other network.

    Many thanks advance
  2. lavrishevo macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2007
    If the original owner of the phone went to 02 and presented the phone with all his identification I don't see why not. Give them a call and see what their policy is. You should change the thread title and not say unlocked but unblocked. :)
  3. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    you need to change the IMEI it was possible with ZiPhone upto 1.1.4 on the 2G but it is HIGHLY illegal.

    I cant seem to find a way to do it on the 3G
  4. emzino thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2009
    They'll probably take the new one back. I ask because i wanted to use his blocked iPhone. I know its morally wrong but i cant dish out £340 just yet.

    Thanks again
  5. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    if he did it with insurance they may want one of the iphones back
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Indeed. If it was claimed with insurance then you're likely only entitled to have one of those phones.
  7. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    if O2 have blocked the IMEI could it be unlocked and u cud run it on orange/another network or would that not work?
  8. megamanbnmaster macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2008
    Don't know, but I think that that phone is a goner.
    It IS illegal to change IMEI right?
  9. SummerBoy macrumors regular


    Dec 19, 2008
  10. Agent-W macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    Even if you used the phone on a different network, it would still be barred.

    We have something called the EIR (Equipment Identity Register), and everytime you make/recieve a call, sent a text etc your IMEI number is checked on the EIR (this happens on all networks, and all networks use the same EIR).

    Really, if he has found the original, the new one should be returned to the insurer - otherwise it could be classed as fraud. There is no way if you gave us a call and asked us to unblock the found iPhone, that we would do this.

    Hope this helps!
  11. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    In the EU, yes.

    In the US: maybe. If you're changing it for the purposes of obtaining a service which you are not authorized to use (i.e. stealing service, using someone else's plan, etc.) then yes, it's illegal. Just changing the IMEI, however, is not in and of itself illegal.
  12. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Send it on over to the US, the IMEI is probably not blocked here :D.
  13. lftrghtparadigm macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    The original owner and can walk into O2 and have them unblock it.
    that said,
    Seeking another alternative means it is not your phone.
  14. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    That actually may well be true. I don't recall for sure whether AT&T and T-Mobile USA use the same blacklist as most of the EU, but I don't think they do.
  15. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Because your cousin has claimed on his insurance, that phone is now legally the property of the insurance company.

    He should phone them and let them know it has been found and ask them what they want to him to do with it. You have to be careful because he could end up being taken to court for making a fraudulent insurance claim.
  16. CalumC macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2008
    Leeds, UK
    Now that i didn't know. I thought that when paying for home/contents insurance, when you claim, the claimed items become yours.
  17. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2009
    Yep, they give you money for it and if it 'turns up' then it's theirs.

    Same with a car
  18. windowman macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2009
    But you can offer to buy it back from them,
    normally at a big discounted price.
  19. ajthomason macrumors 6502

    If you break it (for example you smash the screen on a laptop and it isn't economical to repair) and the insurance company don't ask for it back, then yes it is yours and you are free to do what you want with the old one, but if you lose something and it turns up again then you no longer own it as it is in working order, so otherwise you would have gained considerably by making the claim.
  20. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Inform the insurance company. Always.

    Otherwise it's clear criminal fraud, and with phones, they've set up systems for detecting it, as they're sick of people trying to do this all the time. They may well come down on you very heavily if you're caught.

    After informing the insurance company, you can then hope they don't ask for one back, or beg to buy it off them, which is probably your best bet. Don't be surprised if they insist on you returning one - they need to avoid encouraging people to pretend to loose a phone.
  21. jams1888 macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2010
    ABout you're new iPhone

    If it was me,I'd keep the new phone and use the old one as an iPod touch and don't even tell o2.why would you want to take the chance of them taking the new phone off you just because you found you're old one.keep the new one and use the old one as an iPod touch or try to sell it as an blocked iphone and just say "it's essentially an iPod touch except you can't go on the web with wifi or anything.it's just an apple mp3 player and you can play all the games already on it and use the apps which don't require the net".that's what I would do
  22. dhlizard macrumors G4


    Mar 16, 2009
    The Jailbreak Community
    You resurrected a thread that's over a year old to proclaim to all of us you are dishonest ! :rolleyes:

    And people wonder why insurance rates are so high.

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