|My daughter could not find her iPhone so we looked for it with Find My iPhone. It was on the move yesterday, but has been stationary for the last 24 hours. She is talking to the police about her options, but in the meantime I have a question.|
Verizon has suspended her service and placed the phone on the Lost/Stolen list. I used Find My iPhone to lock the device with a password and placed a message on the screen to call me "if found".
According to both Verizon and Apple, the iPhone can not be activated, not on the Verizon network nor any other network because 1) it is a Verizon phone, 2) it is locked with a password and 3) it is on the Lost/Stolen list.
Here's my question: Is the iPhone really, truly disabled? I assume that both Verizon and Apple and talking about using normal, "legal" means of activation, but I'm wondering if there is a way to flash the phone, short out a chip, or some other way around both the lock and the list.
Note: I am not asking for the method or any hint as to the method. I'm just curious as to whether or not the iPhone is truly disabled or are there software/hardware ways around the lock/list.