Found an iPhone 4, is there anyway I can use it?
Before you say "RETURN IT YOU LITTLE THEIF" i have tried. my father found it on the train as he works on them everyday. he turned it in and after 30 days of no one claiming it they said it was his. i currently have an android phone for att but would like to use this one if possible. i tried restoring it via itunes but i keep getting error message 3194. it has a password so i cant look at the contacts and call a number. any help on getting it restored would be greatly appreciated.
- 10-23-2011, 07:12 PM #2
It has in all likelihood been reported as lost to the carrier, and it's MEID has been placed on a list that will DENY it from ever being activated again on that carrier. It may be possible to use internationally but that would be it.
In other words, there would be NO use of it domestically as anything other than an iPod.
- 10-23-2011, 08:13 PM #4
GSM, it can be activated on T-Mobile if carrier blocks. Is there any reason you can't SIM swap with iphone4/android as long as the android phone uses microSIM?
Edit: IMEI is similar to, but not the same as MEID. IMEI is on most mobile devices, International Mobile Equipment Identity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia while MEID is strictly on CDMA devices Mobile equipment identifier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .
I heard apple/att are very strict about NOT allowing devices themselves to be blacklisted, but have no personal experience/first-hand knowledge about it.
Last edited by Speak; 10-23-2011 at 08:23 PM.
- 10-23-2011, 08:35 PM #5iMore Intermediate
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put it in dfu mode and completely restore it as a new device to get rid of the password. then you should be able to use it if it's GSM (idk about CDMA)
- 10-23-2011, 08:37 PM #6
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- 10-23-2011, 11:29 PM #8
so i got it restored and its a gsm so i think i should be good? i keep hearing att can block the imei but not sure if its true anyone have any knowledge on this?
- 10-24-2011, 08:58 PM #10
- 10-25-2011, 01:40 AM #11
Had a similar experience a while back ... In order to check if it's been blacklisted, just check the IMEI of the iPhone, which can be found in the settings -> general -> about ... Google search to check IMEI numbers of phones, which is what I did, and entered the IMEI number in a few different sites that came up. None of them listed the IMEI as being blocked, reported lost or stolen ... So I went ahead and activated the iPhone without any problems. Been using it for almost a year now.
- 10-25-2011, 04:42 PM #12
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- 10-30-2011, 11:38 AM #15iPhone Pro
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About the whole blacklist thing. AT&T is extremely strict or simply just doesn't care. I tried to blacklist my blackberry after it was stolen. The local corporate store didn't even know what blacklisting was. After escalating it on 611. The manager/ higher up just simply told me it wont happen.
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- 02-17-2013, 10:31 AM #22iPhone Nanite
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My ex girlfriend and I had a bad break up and she canceled my iphone 4s and reported it stolen. I called bell to see if there was anything I can do they said no because the phone was under her name it doesn't matter that I was the one who paid for everything. with that being said and done i have an iphone 4s I cannot use nor have the knowledge or know how to unlock it. With this being said and done I want to sell it, or seek advice on how to get my phone operational again. I am asking for $300, but will be willing to go cheaper because the back of it is smashed, the front of it however is in mint condition.
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I actually found a Verizon iphone and took it to the dealer. The person I spoke with told me that the person will most likely not get the phone back if I turn it in. He told me to keep it.
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