5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 23, 2008 9:02 AM by Dynamite DJs
Klaas Barends Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Recently my co-worker offered me 'his' iphone.
The problem is, I am not sure if it really is his iphone. I never saw him with it before, but he buys and sells iphone as a hobby all the time, so he could have gotten it from someone else legally.
How can I check if the iphone was reported stolen, yes or no.

Also, is it possible to unlock the iphone in a legal way. If I contact Apple, pay them a required fee, can I get an unlocked iphone? (I prefer my current carrier because they have better UMTS)

Iphone 3G, Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    Klaas Barends wrote:
    Recently my co-worker offered me 'his' iphone.
    The problem is, I am not sure if it really is his iphone. I never saw him with it before, but he buys and sells iphone as a hobby all the time, so he could have gotten it from someone else legally.
    How can I check if the iphone was reported stolen, yes or no.

    Contact your local police department and see if it has been reported stolen. You can also contact ATT (if in the US) and see if it is stolen. I'd also ask the guy why he is giving you his phone. That seems rather odd especially if you've never seen him with an iPhone.

    Also, is it possible to unlock the iphone in a legal way. If I contact Apple, pay them a required fee, can I get an unlocked iphone? (I prefer my current carrier because they have better UMTS)


    Apple does not provide unlock codes. This is done at the discretion of the authorized iPhone cell phone carrier.
  • Dynamite DJs Level 4 Level 4 (1,095 points)
    There's really no possible way to tell until you try to get service for it. Once AT&T runs the serial number they will know. But then again you are in their store and you could get busted for having possession of stolen property. Try to get the serial number and calling AT&T to see if the SN is clear.
  • Klaas Barends Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Actually I am in the Netherlands, so I should contact T-mobile.

    Where can I find the serial number of the phone?
  • Dynamite DJs Level 4 Level 4 (1,095 points)
    it's in the settings part. I'm updating to 2.2 right now .....

    Message was edited by: Dynamite DJs
  • Dynamite DJs Level 4 Level 4 (1,095 points)
    go to settings, general, about, its halfway down