Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 5:08 PM (in response to rick8858)
There is no such thing as "factory unlocked". The phone is either locked or unlocked. The only way to be absolutely certain is to buy it new from Apple directly, and specifically say you want an unlocked phone. There are web sites that claim to be able to tell you if you give them your IMEI, but first, they cannot tell from the IMEI, and 2nd, it's really risky giving that information to anyone else.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 6:08 PM (in response to Lawrence Finch)
so if I to get a iphone5 used from somebody who said it was unlocked there's no way before I take possession of it to check and see if that is in fact locked?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 6:12 PM (in response to rick8858)
That's correct. The smartest thing to do is don't buy a second hand iPhone. Buy it from a legitimate source. If you think you're getting a really good deal and are going to save lots of money, then there is probably something wrong.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 6:18 PM (in response to KiltedTim)
This kid claims he got it from a friend and would like to trade for my galaxy note 2 because he likes andriod systom better ,I on the other hand prefer apple so its an even trade the note 2 was given to me as a gift
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 6:20 PM (in response to rick8858)
Get the model and serial number from him, call AppleCare with that data and they can check to see if it is unlocked.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 6:22 PM (in response to rick8858)
Consider this before doing business with someone on craigslist: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-09/news/sns-rt-us-usa-crime-craigslis tbre8a81k4-20121109_1_brogan-rafferty-ralph-geiger-gag-order
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 6:25 PM (in response to KiltedTim)
Craigslist was just one of many mediums that have been used to lure people into crimes including newspaper ads. So you consider similar cases when responding to an ad in the LA Times?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 6:30 PM (in response to deggie)
Yep. The Ohio case, though, is an extreme case. I'll give you that much.
The point is, it's not safe. Expect to be ripped off if you're buying a second hand iPhone from anyone you don't know. All it takes is a few minutes here to realize that an awful lot of them sold on craigslist, ebay, etc, are hacked, jailbroken, stolen, etc. Buing a piece of technology from someone on craigslist is only slightly less risky than buying it from some guy out of the back of a van in a mall parking lot.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 6:34 PM (in response to KiltedTim)
No, it doesn't mean that. Not saying that there isn't a lot of bogus sales, especially on eBay where you don't have a chance to check the phone out. But it isn't that it is Craigslist, they are also advertised in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dalla Morning News, etc. I prefer craigslist because you can meet with the person during daytime hours in a public place. And I've sold old equipment using craigslist.
Craigslist is just a computerized classified ads and even the newspapers I listed have online ads. So is purchasing technology from a newspaper ad only slightly less risky than the back of the van?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 6:35 PM (in response to KiltedTim)
If you are buying on ebay, you do have the seller's feedback to help you out. Do not just look at the number. Read the actual feedback, and you will get a pretty good idea if you are dealing with an honest, reputable person or business. I say this as a longtime ebay buyer and seller.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 6:41 PM (in response to deggie)
If you take out an ad in the paper, you generally have to provide an address, which the paper should be checking for legitimacy and keeping on file.
If you sell something on ebay, there is at least a dispute mechanism.
craigslist is completely un-vetted. You can use it if you like. As far as I'm concerned, it's the wild-west of the Internet. Anything goes, no-one is held accountable. Sure, you can meet someone in broad daylight in a public place... no garauntee that the phone isn't jailbroken, or hacked, or stolen. At the moment, stolen only matters if it's a CDMA phone, provided you don't mind being charged with receiving stolen property if it gets traced to you.
Hopefully, that will change with the new stolen phone registry that's in the works. Still wouldn't do business on craigslist, though. Maybe I'm just old and crotchety, but I can tell you for sure that no-one there will rip me off.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 7:02 PM (in response to KiltedTim)
You know my brother inlaw had a problem with craigslisr a while back they knocked him out when he got there , they ate three of his fingers before he woke up and got away
Yes lolol im kidding I to am a little old and crothity bitter to, also resentful oh and regret! Oh! But hey humor is still my favorite still blahahaha
Ps is that a snake head with 6 eyes?