Iphone 'no service' whats the problem?

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Found 30th Dec 2009
Hi i went to have a look at an iphone today to buy, was a 3g model, but when an o2 payg sim was put in, it said 'no service' I was wondering whether this was because it was locked or whether it had an underlying problem. can anyone help and would it be worth buying? (was fairly cheap for the going rate)

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sounds either blocked or has been flashed wrong. if very cheap i would of thought maybe blocked

Original Poster

well it was being sold as faulty, as she couldnt get it to make phonecalls, but could still access the other servcies on the phone (ipod etc) but it looked absolutely brand new, like it had never been used before so i just assumed it could have been a case of the lass just not using the special iphone sim, but wasnt willing to take a chance so i said id leave it a day to decide, so thought best to get some advice!

Original Poster

does anyone know if it could just be because it hasnt been unlocked? dont want to miss a bargain. know the too good to be true saying but at worst i could always use it as an ipod!

if you have nothing to loose, reinstall some firmware and restore the thing, then have a bash at jailbraking it, hell if its as much use as an iPodtouch throw everything you can at it.. If it still all goes wrong flog it on Flea Bay some loon will still pay a fortune for it :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Id have no idea how to do any of this, i presume its all fairly cheap? ive heard something about a soft unlock or something coming out- maybe that would work?

Original Poster

will that cost me any money or can it be done on the old computer?

Original Poster

ahh sounds good to me! thanks very much for that, i know very little about these technical things. one final thing... what could the worst possible scenario for the 'no service' message be and could it be remedied? that will give me my answer whether to buy the iphone!

big_lloyd;3901082

ahh sounds good to me! thanks very much for that, i know very little … ahh sounds good to me! thanks very much for that, i know very little about these technical things. one final thing... what could the worst possible scenario for the 'no service' message be and could it be remedied? that will give me my answer whether to buy the iphone!



The worst possible scenario is that the phone has been blacklisted, it's virtually impossible to get a phone removed from the blacklist and it means the phone won't work on any UK network. Someone's already mentioned this but from what you've said it does sound like it's blacklisted, an Iphone needing a firmware reflash or update normally won't work at all but I can't say for sure.

John

big_lloyd;3900411

does anyone know if it could just be because it hasnt been unlocked? dont … does anyone know if it could just be because it hasnt been unlocked? dont want to miss a bargain. know the too good to be true saying but at worst i could always use it as an ipod!



Shouldn't need to be unlocked if using an O2 sim (assuming this is a uk Iphone)

John

Original Poster

the uk iphones which havent been unlocked and only work on o2 normally only work with special o2 contract sims or specfic iphone payg ones which have 12 months wifi access, and need to be activated.... or so i thought...

Original Poster

the porter;3901119

well if it s a 3g its still under apple warranty so send it to them to … well if it s a 3g its still under apple warranty so send it to them to sort it ,it just sounds to me though that its locked or an invalid sim no worse than that,how much is it for sale for that would make my mind up also run it through itunes see what happens



its been offered to me for 180 which would be an absolute steal, but thats only because she thinks it cant be fixed easily, after speaking to her though she knows as much about them as me (not a lot!) do you need a receipt for the warranty, or can you just take them instore. id assume they wouldnt help you if it had been unlocked?

Original Poster

ok ill find out what it is. it doesnt have a charger either- easy to get hold of? it also means i cant check it on my itunes but ill go and take a gamble on it if it all checks out with o2 and let you know how i get on!

Original Poster

thanks for the advice, phone listed as blocked! am i glad i checked here first! The seller didnt seem too surprised when i told her- and she still asked if i wanted it!

Original Poster

very true! Rep left for your help though

You should of offered her 150, that would still be a bargain!

Original Poster

well if it was blocked, then i couldnt do anything with it apart from sell it to someone abroad and not the USA as it would be blocked there too, which is risky anyway with ebay. and for £150 thats still a lot for a 8gb ipod touch which isnt brand new!

Banned

id get in on that for £150. Theres ways around it.

Locked Iphone, No Charger.... Stolen? Surely... Check the blacklist, even if you buy it not knowing/thinking its stolen you will be the one that pays the penalty. Also if it is blacklisted, to unblock it is illegal, and 5 years in prison penalty! Just to warn you, they are catching people at the moment!
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