1. miwaca's Avatar
    I bought an iPhone on eBay and out of the box it was activation locked. I opened a case but lost on account that a) I received the item and b) the seller claimed he didn't activation lock the iPhone. I feel pretty bad that I'm now stuck with the most popular paper weight.
    10-25-2013 08:28 AM
  2. B1ue_B1aze's Avatar
    I don't believe there is any known way around the activation lock. Given that it was used by the seller, they would do what anyone would do before selling the device, and that is just do a full wipe of the device. The thing is with iOS 7, if the user is signed into iCloud with Find my iPhone left on when the device is wiped, it automatically activation locks. That's why the seller is saying they didn't activation lock it, because it automatically does it itself. At this point, I think you're out of luck.
    10-25-2013 08:37 AM
  3. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The seller should know the password associated with the iCloud account that is locking the phone (assuming they own the phone or got it legitimately).
    10-25-2013 08:46 AM
  4. miwaca's Avatar
    The seller should know the password associated with the iCloud account that is locking the phone (assuming they own the phone or got it legitimately).
    Since I disputed it and eBay ruled in the seller's favour. He doesn't see the need to 'provide any personal information regarding the iPhone'
    10-25-2013 09:11 AM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Since I disputed it and eBay ruled in the seller's favour. He doesn't see the to 'provide any personal information regarding the iPhone'
    Have the seller login to iCloud.com/#find and erase the phone, and then select "remove from account" afterwards. That should allow you to use the device.
    10-25-2013 09:24 AM
  6. miwaca's Avatar
    Have the seller login to iCloud.com/#find and erase the phone, and then select "remove from account" afterwards.
    To be quite honest with you I don't think he's the original owner. The real owner would've had this resolved a long time ago.
    10-25-2013 09:47 AM
  7. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    To be quite honest with you I don't think he's the original owner. The real owner would've had this resolved a long time ago.
    This. I'm guessing the seller is selling a stolen or other illegitimately gotten phone.
    10-25-2013 10:14 AM
  8. miwaca's Avatar
    Which brings me to the previous question: Isn't there some bypass??
    10-25-2013 10:26 AM
  9. iEd's Avatar
    Does EBay know that if the seller can't activation unlock it. It was not his phone to sell?That it was either lost or stolen?


    #Naked Tuesday
    10-25-2013 10:29 AM
  10. iEd's Avatar
    Which brings me to the previous question: Isn't there some bypass??
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5818


    #Naked Tuesday
    10-25-2013 10:41 AM
  11. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    To be quite honest with you I don't think he's the original owner. The real owner would've had this resolved a long time ago.
    Yeah, I got that feeling to, but gave him the benefit of the doubt.
    This. I'm guessing the seller is selling a stolen or other illegitimately gotten phone.
    I agree
    Which brings me to the previous question: Isn't there some bypass??
    Not that I'm aware of.
    10-25-2013 10:45 AM
  12. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    They all lead to the steps I outlined above. The previous owner must login to iCloud to erase it and then remove the device from his or her account.
    10-25-2013 10:48 AM
  13. Fausty82's Avatar
    Which brings me to the previous question: Isn't there some bypass??
    No. That would circumvent both the function and intent of the activation lock - to prevent the unauthorized reuse of a stolen iPhone.
    10-25-2013 10:53 AM
  14. iEd's Avatar
    Seems like eBay needs to change their deal on how iPhones are sold through them.
    It's impossible for a buyer to see if a phone is activation locked through a eBay listing.


    #Naked Tuesday
    10-25-2013 11:07 AM
  15. dictoresno's Avatar
    Seems like eBay needs to change their deal on how iPhones are sold through them.
    It's impossible for a buyer to see if a phone is activation locked through a eBay listing.


    #Naked Tuesday
    all you can do is request a picture of the phone's icloud screen showing an account is NOT logged in and deleted off the device.
    10-26-2013 01:55 AM
  16. bxnextel86's Avatar
    Do a charge back on ur credit card
    10-26-2013 02:11 AM
  17. Peligro911's Avatar
    I bought an iPhone on eBay and out of the box it was activation locked. I opened a case but lost on account that a) I received the item and b) the seller claimed he didn't activation lock the iPhone. I feel pretty bad that I'm now stuck with the most popular paper weight.
    I would call eBay and if you paid with paypal dispute the charge with them also.
    I don't see how you lost your eBay case .. Just open a item not as described if his ad did not say it was activation locked then you should win .. Under his action to take say refund and you will return phones or provide accurate data to make the item as described.

    I would also as a ditch effort go talk to apple and bring all prove you bought the phone on eBay etc .. I mean come on we all know apple is the only ones that can bypass this.
    10-26-2013 03:12 AM
  18. mvpee's Avatar
    Aw man, I have this problem also (((
    10-26-2013 10:54 AM
  19. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    I bought an iPhone on eBay and out of the box it was activation locked. I opened a case but lost on account that a) I received the item and b) the seller claimed he didn't activation lock the iPhone. I feel pretty bad that I'm now stuck with the most popular paper weight.
    I've always know eBay to take the side of the person who purchased the item. Glad I don't deal with them anymore. They screwed me over big time over a $800 iPhone. Buyer got it, claimed he didn't and very idiotically for the first time, I didn't get insurance. Meh.


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    10-26-2013 12:09 PM
  20. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    The seller should know the password associated with the iCloud account that is locking the phone (assuming they own the phone or got it legitimately).
    I HIGHLY doubt this person is the original owner. Sadly


    Sent from my iPhone 5S using Tapatalk
    10-26-2013 12:10 PM
  21. raven69david's Avatar
    I'd purchase Applecare and smash that phone. There is a way to do it as I recently went through it, unfortunately I don't remember the steps I took when troubleshooting this with Apple support. However this happened on one of my phones and I already knew the icloud password so not sure this applies.
    11-10-2013 09:58 PM
  22. jmr1015's Avatar
    I'd purchase Applecare and smash that phone. There is a way to do it as I recently went through it, unfortunately I don't remember the steps I took when troubleshooting this with Apple support. However this happened on one of my phones and I already knew the icloud password so not sure this applies.
    Under normal circumstances, you can usually only purchase AppleCare+ if; 1) it is within 30 days of the phone's original sales date according to Apple's records. 2) you have valid proof of purchase. and 3) you get the phone physically inspected at an Apple Store, or submit remote diagnostic information during application by telephone.
    11-10-2013 10:26 PM
  23. curvezzz's Avatar
    I bought an iPhone on eBay and out of the box it was activation locked. I opened a case but lost on account that a) I received the item and b) the seller claimed he didn't activation lock the iPhone. I feel pretty bad that I'm now stuck with the most popular paper weight.
    No way you should have lost that case. I'd try an item not as described or file one with PayPal. This feature is to circumvent thieves selling stolen goods. Obviously ebay is behind on ios7 technology. Good luck hope it works out in your favor.
    11-13-2013 11:39 PM
  24. dtblair24's Avatar
    Wow that's crazy. eBay and PayPal usually go above and beyond to protect buyers
    11-14-2013 01:02 AM
  25. Peligro911's Avatar
    No way you should have lost that case. I'd try an item not as described or file one with PayPal. This feature is to circumvent thieves selling stolen goods. Obviously ebay is behind on ios7 technology. Good luck hope it works out in your favor.
    There is more to the op story that we are not hearing i sell on eBay all the time even a power seller status and something doesn't sound right
    11-14-2013 01:49 AM
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