new iPhone 6 already activated

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by newbuyer, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. newbuyer macrumors member

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    I appreciate your assistance. I bought a new sealed iPhone 6 from a local shop (not authorised reseller). when I opened the box everything looked perfectly new. to my surprise when i switched the phone on it took me directly to the home screen, there was no activation steps. this left me puzzled. how this could possibly happen. any idea? the serial number is recognised by apple site. i decided to erase all data and settings, no it won't activate without a sim card. is this a normal behaviour. many thanks
     
  2. Xeridionix macrumors regular

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    It's quite possible that the phone may have been opened and resealed. Are you able to successfully activate the phone if you insert your SIM card? If by chance you are not able to then I would verify with your carrier that the IMEI of the phone has not been blacklisted if at all possible.
     
  3. fiddysent macrumors member

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  4. newbuyer thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for your reply but how would i know if it has been resealed, is there is any risk of using it, i mean for my personal data, fingerprint iCloud etc. i haven't tried with sim yet. i bought it from another country. thanks
     
  5. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 68040

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    If there was no SIM, it would have warmed you that there wasn't a SIM. Is it a Verizon model? They apparently can work without a SIM(?), although I have no experience with a Verizon iPhone.

    Sounds odd. It's possible to re-shrink wrap something. Where I used to live, there was a guy nicknamed 'Dirty Dick', and he did all kinds of 'shady' things with parts, software, computers. But he had the best prices in used systems and hosted the Mac user group. And I think the way that Apple shrink wraps their boxes is rather unique and hard to duplicate.

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    You reset it, correct? That's about as good as you can do. You are probably good, but this is what happens when you buy from an unknown/insecure source. It's not like a gun where it can be traced to nefarious and lethal activity. Knockoffs, from what I've seen, are so obvious that you would know it pretty quick.

    Possibly someone bought it, had it for a while, and swapped it, or traded it in on something else...
     
  6. newbuyer thread starter macrumors member

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    the warranty ends in mid November 2015, and the three months in mid January 2015. in the settings, there is something refer to Singapore provider.. could they possibly sell activated brand-new phones?
     
  7. fiddysent macrumors member

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    then it was activated in Mid November somehow. It might have just been scanned at an apple store and activated while still sealed though. But yes it's been activated
     
  8. newbuyer thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks findysent, that is a bit of relief but could that be possible? do apple do that? and how do i get more information to confirm they actually can activate the phone without opening it?
     

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