Sold iPhone, can buyer restore without passcode?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by ramuman, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. ramuman macrumors regular

    ramuman

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    I dropped and broke the glass on my iPhone 3G. While trying to fix it, I screwed it up and couldn't get it to power on. I ended up buying a new one and selling the old one as-is on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=170281871774&ssPageName=STRK:MESO:IT&ih=007

    Thing is I had a passcode and I forgot to wipe the data before trying to fix it. After I broke it, I had no way to take the passcode off and sold it thinking the buyer could do a restore.

    The buyer has fixed it and gotten a display and now wants the passcode to enter into the phone, but I was under the impression you can put it into restore mode and wipe it without a passcode. Is this right? I don't want to give out my passcode. There wasn't much personal on my phone, but I'd rather contacts and such and not be revealed.

    I hope no one accuses me of stealing the phone or something along those lines.
     
  2. wackymacky macrumors 65832

    wackymacky

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    They could try recovery mode could try recovery mode.
     
  3. gadgetdad macrumors 6502a

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    Too much coffee?:p
     
  4. ramuman thread starter macrumors regular

    ramuman

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    Thanks...I've told the buyer to try the hold home/sleep button and see what happens. I've never forgotten my passcode so I've never run into this problem.
     
  5. neesh0 macrumors 6502a

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  6. ramuman thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. ramuman thread starter macrumors regular

    ramuman

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    He said he's got it restoring. He mentioned the headphone jack doesn't work (though it should be fixable), but that everything else does. Apparently I bent a pin on a connector when I put it back together and that was shorting that connection. Oh well. He ends up with a cheap iPhone.
     

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