iPhone 5 IMEI blocked.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by namezox, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. namezox macrumors newbie

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    My cousin recently brought an iphone 5 off craigslist for 400$. Stupid enough, He didnt test the phone before buying. Now, he is stuck with the phone.

    Is there any way to fix this? or unblock a blocked IMEI?
     
  2. JohnLT13 macrumors 6502a

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    Bring it to an Apple store.
     
  3. namezox thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will they replace the phone?
     
  4. JohnLT13 macrumors 6502a

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    Im not sure what they will do, but its a good start.
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    What are they going to do? It's a carrier issue. The seller needs to pay the bill. I would call the carrier and see if you can't figure out why it's blocked. Contact the seller and advise him/her of the issue.
     
  6. JohnLT13 macrumors 6502a

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    I did not know its a billing problem. Figured stolen phone.:cool:
     
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Could be stolen but the IMEI being blocked was done so by the carrier.
     
  8. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    You're gonna have to contact the original carrier. I'm not sure what the Apple store can do for you. It's probably a blocked IMEI due to an unpaid balance, on the seller's end. Craigslist is the place where people dump those phone.

    Good luck. Worst scenario; you might be able to flash it to another carrier.
     
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    $400 paper weight!

    Soz to hear of your issues.
     
  11. shazza1 macrumors newbie

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    john reset your iphone to factory setting settings in general once you have done this connect to itune and update/restore this will give you access again good luck it worked for me

    cheers
     
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Who is John? Nothing done on the phone side (short of illegally changing the IMEI or something) would get around a carrier block, which is on the carrier side. And somehow after 2 years it's likely the issue has either been figured out by now or already forgotten about.
     

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