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Can i transfer ownership of a phone???

khy86 Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
OK i bought a phone off ebay, on a deal that was too good to be true...took a gamble. Got it delivered and it's as it should be.

The thing is the seller has 0 feedback and sold the of the same phone twice on the same day at that price. What im worried about is 6 months later the seller could just claim the phone stolen and after that time i won't be able to reverse charge via paypal.

Is there anyway that i could transfer the original ownership of the phone into my name, so the seller cannot report it as stolen, im just not sure whether o2 will allow it.

p.s. get in for rep!!!
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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1 Like #1
its probably legit someone selling two upgrades? did you ask?
1 Like #2
Id phone o2 and tell them that you have recently purchased the phone and would like to register it for the purpose off the waranty. I presume you are allowed to sell contract phones, i thought that they remained the property off the phone company. What would happen if the person you bought the phone off defaulted on the payments. would the phone company not shut the phone off?
#3
plumberman01
its probably legit someone selling two upgrades? did you ask?


seller is registered as a business.

Both phones were used and boxed. The first one that was sold was missing some things. Mine was just missing charger so don't think they were upgrades. I have checked warranty and there is a few months left.

I just don't want to take any chances and a few months later be left out of pocket.
1 Like #4
No, and yes you are right to be worried, biggest scam going on ebay with phones, sell them, 6 months down the line when all avenues including cc, seller does insurance claim, quids inf or them double the cash, original phone is bricked.

As for transferring ownership, no idea, if it's under contract, I doubt as there have been issues where phones have been sold under contract at a subsidised price and the contact has been terminated and bricked when the person has failed to meet the payments on the contract/upgrade.

You can but ask the original seller, but it's a risk you take buying phones on ebay I am afraid, I wouldn't IMO.

leecroot
Id phone o2 and tell them that you have recently purchased the phone and would like to register it for the purpose off the waranty. I presume you are allowed to sell contract phones, i thought that they remained the property off the phone company. What would happen if the person you bought the phone off defaulted on the payments. would the phone company not shut the phone off?


Yes.
1 Like #5
iPhones?
#6
both were iphone 3gs' for £205 delivered, which was an offer not to miss.

I think i will goto o2 and ask them, problem is i thought buying a phone off ebay would void the warranty. Oh well, think ill take my chances.

Time to message the seller aswell to see if it was contract or PAYG
1 Like #7
If he sells a phone then reports it stolen, then that is fraud and the phone company/insurance company would be very interested in knowing what he was up to, so would Plod and Ebay.
1 Like #8
You'd need written proof of sale signed by the last owner. Anyone could nick a phone and then call the network as they they'd bought it.
#9
Well i have just messaged the seller, going to see if he can provide original proof of ownership to me. If i can't get it transferred might just stick it on gumtree and make a healthy profit.
1 Like #10
khy86;8165997
Well i have just messaged the seller, going to see if he can provide original proof of ownership to me. If i can't get it transferred might just stick it on gumtree and make a healthy profit.

And six months down the line have the babylon at your door for selling stolen property?
1 Like #11
harlzter
And six months down the line have the babylon at your door for selling stolen property?


Nope, not if it is not reported stolen at the time of sale or close to it.
1 Like #12
awoodhall2003
Nope, not if it is not reported stolen at the time of sale or close to it.


Doesnt matter how long after it is found out to be stolen - with stolen property there is no auto cut-off after a short time - think of people who have bought stolen cars and had to hand them back months and even years later when the property has been traced !
#13
steve1221
You'd need written proof of sale signed by the last owner. Anyone could nick a phone and then call the network as they they'd bought it.


Just use EBAY records to prove where you got it.
#14
mateypeeps
Just use EBAY records to prove where you got it.


:lol: Are you serious, yes you probable are :lol:
#15
tinkerbell28
:lol: Are you serious, yes you probable are :lol:


I know of one webmaster who used the ebay records of a sale that the seller tried to renege on, and she successfully got the domain she bought transferred to her by the registrar.

So what is your problem?

Not that I am intersted, since you have nothing useful to suggest to the OP to try to help them.

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