Solved Is a locked iPhone really, really unusable by anyone?

February 9, 2013 at 16:03:08
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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.

Thanks!


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February 10, 2013 at 00:25:59
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As far as I'm aware it is 'almost' impossible to use a locked phone as it is done using the unique IMEI number which is transmitted every time the phone is used and you can check your own IMEI number here: http://www.numberingplans.com/index...

When a phone is locked the IMEI is added to the international greylist and so, in theory, becomes traceable/lockable. The only way to unlock it, again in theory, would be to change the IMEI but you would have to use a legitimate IMEI and this is where it would get difficult.

I would imagine that any locked phone could have the number changed and then be used in more closed systems, such as North Korea, possibly China etc., but for use in the majority of the world the phone is, for all intents, a brick.

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February 10, 2013 at 18:13:28

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