Unlocks / IMEI question (selling old iPhone)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sou1 so1di3r, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. sou1 so1di3r macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

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    Hey guys. I'm selling my (basically) brand new 5 on eBay, and this guy from Russia is asking for my IMEI number to see if it is unlocked...?

    I'm pretty sure it is. I had ATT for a year but just switched to Verizon and got the 5S. Is it safe to give out that IMEI number?
     
  2. alent1234 macrumors 603

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  3. jent macrumors 6502a

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    I don't see why it's not. Using certain websites you can find out if it still has AppleCare, the phone model, capacity, color, lock status, et cetera. I personally wouldn't buy a used unlocked iPhone without verifying the unlock status via checking the IMEI online.
     
  4. BruiserB macrumors 65816

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    Is it safe to give out your IMEI in such a situation? Could the person who wants it use it to blacklist your phone without your knowledge? Not sure what benefit this would bring the person other than the opportunity to be a jerk, but just wondering. How to phone companies control who can report the phone lost/stolen?
     
  5. CEmajr macrumors 601

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  6. sou1 so1di3r thread starter macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

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    Just came to this conclusion after reading up on it......

    yeah I'm gonna tell him not to bid anymore.
     

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