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Old 05-27-2010, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New here so apologies for the probably silly question. Just got a 9500 Storm from an airport lost property auction. Phone is unlocked or at least I am 98% sure it is as this is a standard procedure the auctioneers carry out when they erase the phones to protect previous owners personal data.

As the title says phone wont make calls. We have 3 and Virgin sim cards. Both show up the 3 and T mobile networks (For virgin) when inserted into the phone. However when we try to make a call they are instantly disconnected or dont dial at all. Wont send SMS messages either.

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Old 05-27-2010, 08:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Unlocking the phone and erasing data are two different things.... The phone is likely locked
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Unlocking the phone and erasing data are two different things.... The phone is likely locked
Ive had lots of phones from there before, all are unlocked. I have another 9500 that comes up with invalid sim, the one I am asking about now does not. It accepts 3 and Virgin but wont make calls as mentioned above.

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Just to confirm this is not a phone being locked to a network problem. I have now tried the phone on vodaphone with a valid sim which is the network the phone is branded for and it still wont make or receive calls.

This must be a settings issue that we just cant figure out I guess.
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Or you have gotten ahold of a broken phone.
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Or it has been blacklisted by a carrier as a lost/stolen device, in which case, you now have a nice paperweight. Not call carriers black list lost/stolen devices, but those that do shut them off to stay.
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Or it has been blacklisted by a carrier as a lost/stolen device, in which case, you now have a nice paperweight. Not call carriers black list lost/stolen devices, but those that do shut them off to stay.

Well maybe but in my long experience nothing is irreversible and if it is I can normally palm the stuff off at the price I paid for it anyway
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Wow.
Of course you will disclose to the buyer that the phones DON'T WORK, right?
To do otherwise would be unethical.
Right?
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Wow.
Of course you will disclose to the buyer that the phones DON'T WORK, right?
To do otherwise would be unethical.
Right?
I wouldent need too. I could just resubmit them for auction. The sale is then between the auction room and buyer. Anyone who buys at auction knows its buyer beware there is no come back on the auctioneers. ITs up to the buyer to asses the items and bid. In fact if I put battery's in these and two chargers I may even make a profit on them. They didnt work when I bought them due to duff battery's so if I resubmit them and they can be seen working with no sims they will probably make more. Plus I am not VAT registered so the buyer wont have to pay VAT so will attract more buyers.
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This is why no one should ever buy any electronics on eBay or other online auction house.
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This is why no one should ever buy any electronics on eBay or other online auction house.

Totally incorrect mate! Ebay is ramped up to the back teeth with buyer protection. Buyer says item not as described Ebay always agree and you have to refund them.

The auctions I talk of are actual attend in person auctions. Link below is the auction where the phones came from. Copy and paste into address bar, as my post count is not 10

dnfa.com/bcva/auctions.asp?view=saledetails&aucno=24840&avail=1

commercial auction section.

Ohh and in 2nd edit, just spoke to Vodaphone who said if this phone is getting 3g signal etc which it is then its not blacklisted.

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I wouldent need too. I could just resubmit them for auction. The sale is then between the auction room and buyer. Anyone who buys at auction knows its buyer beware there is no come back on the auctioneers. ITs up to the buyer to asses the items and bid.
I'm not an ebayer, so help me understand. How does a buyer "asses" an item for which they cannot test?

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In fact if I put battery's in these and two chargers I may even make a profit on them. They didnt work when I bought them due to duff battery's so if I resubmit them and they can be seen working with no sims they will probably make more.
So, you would "resubmit" a known nonfunctional device under the false premiss that it is working? I guess I just don't understand ebay.
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I'm not an ebayer, so help me understand. How does a buyer "asses" an item for which they cannot test?



So, you would "resubmit" a known nonfunctional device under the false premiss that it is working? I guess I just don't understand ebay.

Forget Ebay, not talking ebay as I said above. Ebay is ramped to the back teeth with buyer protection.

Like I said I am talking about attend in person auctions like the one linked above. Its always up to the buyer to view test and assess all items. This is why there is a day for viewing items. You can look at turn on test any item you like. However many buyer buy multiple items like 1000's worth and will just take a chance on items. I spent 400 at the last auction. I still expect to make that back even if I have to sell the Blackberrys as spares but the more logical thing for me to do is resubmit them for auction. Its the auction houses rules that everything is sold as seen. Buyers buy under that premise so they all know the deal and if they dont the auction house reminds them that its announced in all the paper work and when they register and before every sale
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I wouldent need too. I could just resubmit them for auction. The sale is then between the auction room and buyer. Anyone who buys at auction knows its buyer beware there is no come back on the auctioneers. ITs up to the buyer to asses the items and bid. In fact if I put battery's in these and two chargers I may even make a profit on them. They didnt work when I bought them due to duff battery's so if I resubmit them and they can be seen working with no sims they will probably make more. Plus I am not VAT registered so the buyer wont have to pay VAT so will attract more buyers.
I hate people like you.

I got screwed on several phones where sellers advertised "brand new but locked"

Then on receiving them, all the MEP tries were used and they are completely locked to the carrier. That doesnt qualify as brand new, but it fits in with the sellers description (locked to AT&T)

Ebay decided against me in that instance (refused to refund me)

and as my country does not have at&t, i have a useless bold 9700.

Can these phones be unlocked anyway besides MEP method?
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