Buying an iPhone abroad - stolen ?

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  1. left_over

    left_over New Member

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    Ok, so I'm in England for a few days and theres this guy I know who told me that he can sell me an iPhone 3G for like 200 GBP, which is fairly cheap compared to the £350 O2 asks for.

    However, he told me that I must NOT turn it on whilst in the UK.

    Is it possible that the phone's stolen ? Do you think it'll work back home?

    I know the guy [family friend] and I'm pretty sure he won't lie to me, but I don't know if I'll have the police chasing me once I get myself back home [Cyprus].

    Thanks
  2. itouchnathan

    itouchnathan New Member

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    Write up something like a legal doc and have it say:
    I take full responsibility for all that happens to the blah blah blah, If anything happens it is my fault blah blah and get him to sign it xD
  3. Meikura

    Meikura Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Probably, since it means that A) you won't be able to know if it's broken until you're no longer in the country, and B) if it is stolen, the police could trace it back to you... then back to him.

    I'd avoid it like the plague.
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    Atl New Member

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    If you truly trust him, go along with his little rule.

    iPhones get stolen everyday and I doubt that there's a whole investigation for that one iPhone.
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    Meikura Super Moderator Staff Member

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    They could blacklist the IMEI, so that as soon as it's turned on, it gets disabled.
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    left_over New Member

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    the thing about the IMEI is pretty much what I thought too...

    But since it's gonna be working abroad, is it possible that it remains blocked there?

    To b honest, the price is very tempting!
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    simonrichards150 New Member

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    Avoid, avoid, avoid.

    If you could trust him he would tell you WHY you can't turn it on.
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    left_over New Member

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    Hmm... I'm not sure. I did a bit of research online and if the IMEI is blacklisted, it seems to be happening in the country of the stolen phone but not worldwide. I think I might go for it

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