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    Here is the story:
    I legitimately purchased an iPhone 4 from someone. Prior to doing so I asked for the IMEI and checked to see if the phone was indeed usable. Turns out, this guy must have known what he was doing! Of course the number came back clean.

    Within hours of the purchase I went to hard factory restore it, input all of my cloud information, downloaded everything I wanted. The phone let me. Then, it was time to activate it with my cell service. I went to Straight Talk BYOP, a service I've always used.

    UNABLE TO ACTIVATE IT VIA BYOP

    So, I tried every possible BYOP prepaid service known to the US. Still nothing.
    After trying all of these, I called Verizon, which the phone is in network with, and discovered that this stupid device is under the LOST OR STOLEN LIST.

    I have spent two months trying absolutely every hack I can find. Because I really did pay for it, it is in impeccable condition, and obviously I can't get in contact with the person I bought it from, I NEED THIS PHONE.

    The biggest problem I am having while trying to find a solution via Google or YouTube is that every video or instruction seems to revolve around "activation lock", "icloud lock", "find my iphone", "passcode problems", ect.I DO NOT HAVE ANY OF THESE PROBLEMS. I do not have a passcode. I imagine that I basically have a phone that is "mine" considering that every account was easily put in my name, my icloud is on it, everything. I have even tried a method in which I made the iphone mine via find my iphone, then locked it on find my iphone, then went to icloud on my pc and "found" it, to try to remove the Lost/Stolen that way. Obviously a fail.

    My two questions are this:

    1. WHERE THE HELL IS MY IMEI. It is NOT in my "About". It is NOT on the back of the phone...to my knowledge. It is NOT in my Itunes board. WHERE THE HELL IS IT

    and

    2. HOW CAN I MAKE THIS WONDERFUL IPHONE ACTIVATE WITH A BYOP SERVICE and/or REMOVE THE LOST/STOLEN THING.

    Thank you soooooo much for any advice. If you are going to comment "congrats, you bought a $200 paperweight that you can listen to music on", save your wifi. I've been seeing that for two months...
    10-10-2015 12:50 AM
  2. PhoenixAdonia_47's Avatar
    I have called Verizon many many times and always hear the same answer after telling them the same story from above. They only tell me that I need to get in touch with the person who reported it stolen and tell them to remove it. THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO.
    So perhaps there may be a different way to explain the situation or even make up a different situation entirely (I have wondered that if maybe I told them I was the one who reported it somehow...I don't know).

    About the IMEI. I do not have a sim try...
    10-10-2015 01:26 AM
  3. Peligro911's Avatar
    I have called Verizon many many times and always hear the same answer after telling them the same story from above. They only tell me that I need to get in touch with the person who reported it stolen and tell them to remove it. THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO.
    So perhaps there may be a different way to explain the situation or even make up a different situation entirely (I have wondered that if maybe I told them I was the one who reported it somehow...I don't know).

    About the IMEI. I do not have a sim try...
    iCloud lock and activation lock is a Apple lock
    You have a iPhone 4 Verizon model that's does not have a SIM card because it uses CDMA
    Imei should be in the about screen it's the number you give Verizon or any other carrier in order to activate it.
    Basically this phone has been called in and reported stolen direct to Verizon so they black listed it.
    There is no hack to bypass this period .

    Honestly 200 for a iPhone 4 you over paid a bunch ..
    I would personally sell it at a iPod you will prob get 75 to 100 max
    Take that money and buy another iPhone 4 off eBay or somewhere with buyer protection.
    Checking a phone number when buying a phone does nothing you need check the Meid or imei.
    You can get a working iPhone 4 for 75 to 100 .


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    10-10-2015 02:36 AM

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