Is there ANY way to get out of Activation Lock?

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  1. TheAppleFanKid macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I bought a white iPhone 5 on ebay for 100 bucks. Turns out that its activation locked. It says "This iPhone has been lost and erased. Please sign in with the Apple ID that was used to erase this iPhone". Anyway to bypass this or am I stuck with a shiny brick?
     
  2. kaldezar macrumors regular

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    Your stuck with a shiny brick.....
     
  3. Trius macrumors 6502a

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  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Unfortunately, you got ripped off and are out of luck. Hopefully, your misfortune will help prevent someone else from getting taken in the same manner.
     
  5. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    Just report a claim on eBay for "not as described" unless indeed the listing says it's locked.
     
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    Yep, file a claim with eBay and get your money back. Seller tried to sell a blacklisted phone. You will win if the seller didn't say the phone was locked or for parts only. If they did, there is nothing you can really do.
     
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I have no idea whether the OP was aware he was purchasing a locked phone or not. There is no indication of this in the original post and there is no subsequent post to confirm or deny assumptions.

    The phone was bought for $100, which is rather low. My guess is this was a "for parts" phone.
     
  8. miss.manson macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, if you can provide proof of purchase to Apple, you can get this resolved.
     
  9. aphexacid macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly right.

    I went through some headache mid 2014 when my younger brother decided he was just going to forget his apple id/icloud password. His ipad was acting up and i reset it to factory, and then the activation lock was on.

    Long story short, i called apple and they had me take a picture of the receipt and upload it through their site via an email they sent me. They approved it and unlocked it the next day.
     
  10. alFR macrumors 68020

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    Except the OP doesn't have the original store receipt for the phone. They're not going to unlock it without that, because if they did stolen phones (like this one probably is) would be unlocked all the time and activation lock would be effectively useless.
     
  11. 617aircav Suspended

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    Why not just return it?

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    And how can one do that from a phone bought on eBay?
     
  12. bushido Suspended

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    One could simply not buy things on eBay without the original invoice
     
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    He's not going to win the not as described dispute if he knowingly bought an activation locked or for parts not working iPhone. Who sells a working iPhone 5 for only $100?
     
  14. 617aircav Suspended

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    What question are you answering?
     
  15. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    You might as well not buy anything off ebay, as very few sellers, if any, provide the original invoice.
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    He got it for $100. What you expect.
    People think they can restore it and bypass it.
    They buy first and ask questions later.
    Waste of money, enjoy your useless stolen iPhone.
     
  17. bushido Suspended

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    Really? Never bought anything off ebay without an invoice and I use ebay a lot.
     
  18. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Must be the type of stuff you buy, because if you screen the iPhone listings on ebay at any given time, the vast majority of them do not offer the original invoice, at least on U.S./North America ebay.
     
  19. pdxmatts macrumors 65816

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    A transaction invoice and an original receipt are two different things.
     
  20. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Send it back if it was listed as working.

    I bought a BlackBerry Q10 last month saying it had a clean ESN and was refurbished and ready to go. Took it to VZW and the ESN was flagged for fraud. They had to take it back. Shipping paid for and all. Pretty easy return process. Refund went right back to PayPal.

    Also, go ahead and save the web page of the listing if you can. Helps to have a copy just in case. Or maybe I'm just a bit over cautious. ;)
     
  21. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Doubtful that's the case with the OP. Nobody sells a working iPhone 5 for only $100.
     
  22. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Indeed, but you never know. More than likely it was listed locked or for parts. I see a LOT of those on eBay.

    Swappa is so much more reliable. I've bought and sold on there for the last 3 years.

    On a totally unrelated side-note, your username is hilarious! I remeber when people were calling them that :D

    Anyway, best of luck to the OP...
     
  23. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Swappa checks for clean ESN and most certainly draws a different crowd than those who gamble with for parts/not working iPhones for $100.
     
  24. Natzoo macrumors 65816

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    use swappa, my friends have used it and it works most of the time
     

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