unblock imei on a iphone

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by zippadedudar, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. zippadedudar macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2008
    I reported my iphone stolen to O2 when i thought i had lost it. Turns out my little boy had hidden it. Anyway when I rang O2 back to tell them that I had found it they will not reactivate it because I was not in an iphone contract and now i have been reading some forums who give different advice. does anyone know if i change the imei number with ziphone will this work or is it purely the software it changes it on or does anyone know another way of getting it unblocked. I would like a piece of software that you just click go for it to work as i am not very good with this sort of thing. thanks in advance.
  2. Benjic macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2007
    Madison, WI
    I was trying to think of the dumbest possible comment anyone could have posted, you are indeed the diamond in the rough.

    Anyway, you may be able to change the IMEI of the phone, BUT, it is more than likely illegal, and you have to make sure that it not only looks legit, but isnt taken by another phone, since all phones have a unique IMEI.
  3. megamanbnmaster macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2008
    It might be possible to just activate it with pwnagetool and then stick your sim card and use it like that. I don't have any guarantees though.
  4. zippadedudar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2008
    Just for the record MIKE666 and Benjic we are not all thieves. please see attached pics of receipt with imei number and phone with the same imei number. Maybe you geeks should think next time before making such drastic comments about others, we are not all common criminals.

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  5. jeffmc macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2007
    maybe YOU should think next time before posting information like that on the interwebz
  6. wallstreetcrash macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2008
    New York
  7. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    Push O2 customer services harder. You never had to agree to take a contract in order to buy the phone so their stance is not reasonable.

    It is illegal to fake an IMEI in the UK, however, maybe if you have an old phone you never use any more you could take the risk of transferring that IMEI to your iPhone.
  8. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    It is highly illegal in the UK to change the IMEI number on any phone and the maximum penalty is 5 years in jail! The fact that you bought the phone originally doesn't actually matter - it's still illegal to change the IMEI on it.
    The only way you can get it legally unblocked is through O2 - if they don't want to play ball, then your SOL I'm afraid.
  9. iMouse macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2002
    Boardman, Ohio


    I was searching all over the interwebz for a new IMEI number for my stolen iPhone! Thanks!

    </sarcasm> :D
  10. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    Since you have 1.1.4, you can change the IMEI. With 2.0, you cant.
  11. MIKE666 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    I bet it was really hard to find a picture of an iphone receipt on the internet.
  12. senorFunkyPants macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2008
    Try Ofcom and trading standards.
    It seems somewhat unlikely that O2 would refuse to unblock your iphone if you are the legitimate owner. Also, you normally have to have some sort of account (payg or otherwise) with O2 for them to agree to block a phone in the first place. On the other hand, O2 don't require you to have an iphone contract for a V1 iphone just a payg sim.
  13. Benjic macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2007
    Madison, WI
    Just to be clear, I wasn't accusing you of stealing the phone, I was telling you that its a federal crime in many places to change an IMEI number, so you've proved you aren't a criminal, just that you're really really stupid.
  14. Stepper macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2008
    North London, England
    Have you tried take the phone + the receipt to an O2 shop and explain to them what happened? Im pretty sure they'll unlock it if you prove that the phone is legit etc

    Just out of curiousity how would the police/O2/anyone else know that you have changed your IMEI number without actually going through the settings on the phone? :confused:
  15. senorFunkyPants macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2008
    The IMEI number is presented to the network when you log on but as long as its a valid number then it wouldn't be obvious.. AIUI when you use Ziphone to spoof the IMEI number it doesn't actually change the number (as it is "burnt" onto a OTP chip), the software "intercepts" the number and swops it for the one you typed in and that number is the one presented to the network.
    Completely illegal as already pointed out.
    The last option would be to buy an iphone with a smashed screen and make one good one from the two.
  16. spinstorm macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2007
    Of course there is another option...

    Return it to Apple and tell them it has a fault.

    Pick something random that they can't test like the screen doesn't work all the time. Tell them you have restored it more than once and it still doesn't work.

    They will (assuming your still under warranty) replace it for another iPhone with another IMEI number.

    Of course you may have issues if its not activated with o2 and if it says the IMEI is blocked on your screen but if its just a normal phone they will more than likely just swap it out for a replacement solving your problem.
  17. zippadedudar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2008
    thanks for the advice. I did not realise the legal complications involved with changing imei numbers. I presumed that if Ziphone allows you to do that it was the norm.
    Seeing as the 3g Iphone is so cheap now and i have no contract i might as well buy a new one.
    As for you MIKE666 I presume you are a single loner who still lives with his parents and only friend is his mac with whom gets off with trawling forums putting in your two pence worth. Any way each to there own.
    Adios dudes:)
  18. Jasmer macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2009
    What the hell is the interwebz?
  19. yankintx macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2010

    Don't assume!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  20. rKunda macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2008
    C'mon people. Look at the dates of this thread.
  21. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
  22. anthdci macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    nobody, the thread is from 2008
  23. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    Way to bump a 2 year old thread.
  24. Bawansumathy macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012

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