Locked iPhones at Stores

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MLeepson, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. MLeepson macrumors 6502

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    I was at the Apple store yesterday and at the iPhone table all the iPhone were locked/unactivated. Does anyone know why?
     
  2. Telp macrumors 68040

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    No idea, thats really weird, were they just set up?
     
  3. MLeepson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ya. They were all displayed and what not. One was even connected to an iMac. But none of them were activated. It was pretty odd.
     
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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  5. pugnut macrumors 6502a

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    OI was in there this AM, did not check the phones, but did see computers being updated. Guys with a external drive and working on them one by one.
     
  6. joshysquashy macrumors 6502a

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    So what are the iphones usually like? They must be activated, but not make calls/texts?

    Does apple have a secret way of bypassing activation without hacking the iphone? wouldn't put it past them.
     
  7. Canuck4 macrumors 6502a

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  8. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    Perhaps they are prepping for a software update? :D

    Nah... :(
     
  9. daneoni macrumors G4

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    I guess recent Apple thefts are making them tether the iPhones (very valuable and very easy to swipe)
     
  10. rxmxsh macrumors member

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    The apple guy I spoke to at the store said they all have locked sims, so they can't make or receive phone calls, for obvious reasons. Everything that doesn't rely on AT&T does work on the demo phones though...
     
  11. Buschmaster macrumors 65816

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    I've called my friends with demo iPhones before.;)
     
  12. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    at first they didn't have locked sim cards cause people were calling people, but i think apple got the hint that people were making free calls so they locked them up.
     
  13. mongoose8p macrumors regular

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    yes that and I know in the Chicago store people stole the sim cards all the time from the activated ones to use in their phones for free calls this is not a joke! even talked to apple rep bout it
     
  14. EmptyG macrumors regular

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    How weird, I noticed that the other day as well. The Apple Store by me (UTC San Diego) had about 9 iPhones out, but only 3 were set up to use. The rest just had a warning about not being activated. I asked the Apple genius by me and he said "that's really odd".

    Though all the iPod nanos were working just fine :)
     

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