iPhone 5 not able to activate, locked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by richaye, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. richaye macrumors newbie

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    JB iPhone 5 seems to have a bad "esn/imei/iccid", apparently it was locked after having a high balance on the account.

    In the settings it seems to have "imei/iccid" is it possible to unlock it so it can be used with att/verizon/etc?

    still new to this, thanks.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Do you even know what carrier the iphone is locked to and blacklisted on?
     
  3. richaye thread starter macrumors newbie

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    att
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You cannot use an AT&T phone on Verizon, sprint or any other cdma network.
    And since its blacklisted you cannot use it on AT&T again or any of its mvno's.
    If you unlock it then you could possibly use it on Tmobile but not sure if they share the same US blacklisted database or not.
    If they do then you wont be able to use it on any US carrier.
    But you could purchase an expensive AT&T iphone IMEI unlock and use it on gsm carriers outside the US.
     
  5. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    An AT&T phone won't be imei blacklisted just for nonpayment of the account like a CDMA phone will. However a stolen AT&T phone will most likely be imei blocked. Sounds like the op bought a stolen AT&T phone, not just a late payment CDMA phone.
     
  6. richaye thread starter macrumors newbie

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    100% sure it was not stolen.
     
  7. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    what carrier are you trying to use it on? an att phone is factory locked to att.
     

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