was given a blacklisted iPhone 5s

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by peropero, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. peropero macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2014
    #1
    I'm from London, UK....
    I found an iphone 5s on the train and contacted the owner to return it. Turns out she was from Canada and was travelling around Europe. She had already left the country so I suggested that she arrange a courier to pick it up and deliver it to her home address. She said she would, once she returned home. I messaged her a month and half later after she failed to get in touch. She said it was too much hassle and said I can keep it! I was very surprised but thankful - she even removed it from her icloud account so I could use it. However, because she reported it lost, the imei is blacklisted. What would I need to ask her to do to get it un-blacklisted?

    Thanks
     
  2. kerrikins macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    #2
    If it was removed from her iCloud account then you shouldn't have any problems, usually blacklisting is only for the carriers within the country the person is from.
     
  3. localboy28 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2010
    #3
    The blocked phone stories get better by the day on here lol
     
  4. rui no onna macrumors 601

    rui no onna

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2013
    #4
    At a quick guess, she probably reported the phone lost so she can get an insurance replacement. If that's the case, I don't think you'll be able to get the iPhone un-blacklisted.
     
  5. 1981d macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2013
    #5
    If she's from Canada, wouldn't the blacklisting only apply in Canada?
     
  6. peropero thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2014
    #6
    kerrikins, it is locked to a Canadian network which means I'd have to get it unlocked. As I understand it, it can't be unlocked if it's blacklisted.

    I see your point. I was thinking I could ask her get it un-blacklisted by reporting it as not lost, but I suspect you might be right as she didn't seem too bothered about losing it!

    oh well, an expensive paper weight!

    Thanks
     
  7. I7guy macrumors G5

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Location:
    What Exit?/Saguaro Country
    #7
    Maybe reported lost in the uk and Rodgers had it blacklisted there also? Plausable?
     
  8. peropero thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2014
  9. rui no onna macrumors 601

    rui no onna

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2013
    #9
    Could you not use it as an iPod Touch or something? That's what I tend to do with my old iPhones.
     
  10. cebseb macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2011
    #10
    It will cost you quite a bit of time and money to get nowhere on this one. I went through the same thing with my own phone. I thought I had gotten it stolen. I reported it stolen. Then a year later, I found it in my ski boot. I tried to have them activate it again explaining that it was mine all along. Nothing came of it. I just ended up using it as an iPod touch.
     
  11. peropero thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2014
    #11
    True... I'll probably give it to my girlfriend as I have an ipod already.
    Thanks for your replies
     
  12. iBanker macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2014
    Location:
    46th floor
    #12
    Didn't think Canadian carriers even blacklisted. She would also have to call her carrier and pay money to unlock it if it even qualifies for an unlock.
     
  13. thetechfixer macrumors 6502

    thetechfixer

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2010
    Location:
    Canada

Share This Page