A lot of people get good deals when buying iPhone online, but they ended up buying blacklisted iPhones. One of biggest mistakes of buying a used iPhone online is not checking whether the iPhone has been activated or not.
2 Ways a Blacklisted iPhone Can Affect its Activation
There are two ways to define a blacklisted iPhone in terms of how it can affect its activation.
iCloud Activation Lock
The first level of blockage would the iCloud Activation Lock being enabled. This is by far the most common issues encountered by people.
The activation is enabled whether it’s reported lost/stolen or simply just activated to prevent being misused.
5 Things You Can Do to Activate a Blacklisted iPhone
Here are few things you can try to allow you to use your iPhone again.
Dispute it with the seller
If you bought the blacklisted iPhone on eBay, you can ask for a refund from the seller by following the refund procedures set by eBay.
However it may not be possible if it’s purchased on other sites which don’t protect the buyers. Buying it from the streets can be risky as well.
In any case if you purchased it online and paid using PayPal, you’re usually protected.
Contact the Authority
Did you have enough info of the device’s original owner or the person who sold it to you? Although not all authorities may be able to assist, but it’s better than doing nothing at all.
In some countries the authority is able to reach out to carrier to identify the person who has your device.
Check Online Forums or Quora
Apple designed the iPhone to prevent any possible way to activate it if the iCloud is enabled. However, there have been instances whereby people have found ways to activate it especially if the iOS is still running on older versions.