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    Default I've been Tricked! Need help with activating/unlocking iPhone

    Hi guys,
    I decided to sell my 16gb and upgrade to a 32gb 3GS.

    I bought it brand new, from a seller on ebay. He told me it was unlocked and would work with my carrier but when I plugged it in, it will not work saying my sim is not supported

    He now will not reply to my emails or return my calls so I've left him neg feedback.

    Anyways, I have no idea what firmware or bootloader is on the phone. I also do not know what network it is locked to, otherwise I would borrow a friends sim or buy a prepaid sim just to activate, then try jailbreaking/unlocking from there.
    If anyone has any info or links to guides on how to hacktivate/unlock a brand new iphone it would be much appreciated.

    Part number is: MC133X/A
    The serial number begins with: 88010Z7
    IMEI begins with: 0121600052

    Thanks in advance for any info you guys can give me.
    Kevin



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    Default Re: I've been Tricked! Need help with activating/unlocking iPhone

    This is an Australian 3GS model number. I own same model number and it is officially unlocked and working in Norway fine.

    It is possible that yours is still locked to one of the australian telephone carriers. Hard to know which one.

    What message do you get when you connect it to iTunes for activation?
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    Ok, an update.
    I inserted an Optus sim card and it has activated.
    Firmware is 3.1.3
    There is no unlock for this, is there?

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    Ok, so it looks like i won't be able to unlock it, and optus will not unlock until I have recharged with at least $80 credit which I am willing to do.
    What is the best jailbreak method if possible.
    Being 3.1.3 out of the box I am pretty sure it has the new bootloader.

    I checked Snowbreeze, but it doesnt support the new bootloader, same deal with blacksn0w.

    Any idea's?

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    No jailbreak currently possible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeRaWaReZ View Post
    No jailbreak currently possible.
    OMG are you serious????

    I can believe it!!!!

    I wanna kill that lying scum!
    He knew advertised it as unlocked, and asked me what network I was on and said it would work with my sim. GRRRRRRRRR

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    Default Re: I've been Tricked! Need help with activating/unlocking iPhone

    Quote Originally Posted by bigkev81
    looks like i won't be able to unlock it, and optus will not unlock until I have recharged with at least $80 credit which I am willing to do.
    Hope you did not pay too much for the phone on eBay. An offically unlocked phone can be bought at official applestores in oz for just over $1000 for the 32gb model. Anything cheaper than that is not a bargain but a scam/ripoff.

    Pay the $80 for carrier unlock it is worth it. There will not be a unofficial unlock for a few months.

    Also. Buying an iPhone in April when Apple is guaranteed to release a new model with better features in June is a bit crazy. If you get it officially unlocked, makes it easier to sell and upgrade to a new iPhone in the future.
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    The phone was $990AUD but because I paid by paypal, he asked me to cover the fee's and it ended up costing $1030.
    Then I just paid $29.95 for an optus starter kit.
    I am better off just recharging with another $50 then optus will unlock it.
    At least I will get the value of the calls.
    I'm pretty bummed though that I won't be able to jailbreak it
    An unjailbroken iPhone is quite boring in my opinion, lol, I can't afford to pay for my apps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigkev81 View Post
    The phone was $990AUD but because I paid by paypal, he asked me to cover the fee's and it ended up costing $1030.
    Then I just paid $29.95 for an optus starter kit.
    I am better off just recharging with another $50 then optus will unlock it.
    At least I will get the value of the calls.
    I'm pretty bummed though that I won't be able to jailbreak it
    An unjailbroken iPhone is quite boring in my opinion, lol, I can't afford to pay for my apps.
    Really you have not been had for too much money - as I said officially unlocked 3GS 32GB I think cost $1040 or $1080 at Apple stores.

    I'm originally Australian (haven't lived there for 4 years now) but it really is not too hard to either get to one of the handful of official Apple stores (Sydney has three now and there are two in Melbourne I think) or get a friend to buy one for you from these stores. Other countries don't have the luxury of official unlocked iPhones from a legitimate source (eg USA). Only in the 2G iPhone days would I have advised an aussie to resort to eBay to get an unlocked iPhone.

    Also, you should know better (you have been on this forum a while) than to suggest app piracy on this forum. Pay for your apps, it's what keeps the jailbreakers afloat. Many of them sell apps via AppStore and/or Cydia.

    Any further mention of app piracy won't be tolerated on this forum. Jailbreaking is not for app piracy - it is for doing things that Apple won't allow via the AppStore.
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    What you should've done (or should do if it hasn't been 30 days since transaction took place) is to file a claim with Ebay. You would've gotten your money back with short delay. What you were going to lose is the shipping cost to send it back to the seller. Better lose a few bucks for shipping than end up having a locked phone for undetermined period of time.


 

 

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