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Hi all,

My mate found (no, seriously) a Samsung Galaxy SII about a month ago, whacked her sim card in it and used it for about 3 weeks or so. had no issues at all until it suddenly stopped getting service from her carrier.

I'm thinking that the phone was locked by the carrier, perhaps at the request of the original owner.
Moral issues aside, what does she need to do to get this thing back up and running?

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Moral moved from the side and placed in front. Did she try to find the owner ?
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post #3 of 10
After trying to find the owner I would..........buy another phone??

Probably locked by the original owner since it was lost or considered stolen.

I would just buy another phone. Easiest thing to do.

As for finding the original owner, you can run by the Carriers store. They should be able to help.
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Did she try to find the owner ?

TBH, I actually don't know for sure. But if she did, I can't imagine she tried all that hard.
Quote:
I would just buy another phone.

So in effect, this phone is no use as a .... well.... phone. no way to bring it back from the dead?
Edited by RJacobs28 - 5/9/12 at 8:15pm
 
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Originally Posted by RJacobs28 View Post

Quote:
Did she try to find the owner ?
TBH, I actually don't know for sure. But if she did, I can't imagine she tried all that hard.
Quote:
I would just buy another phone.
So in effect, this phone is no use as a .... well.... phone. no way to bring it back from the dead?

I honestly don't know. I haven't ever had a locked phone. Normally it would be considered stolen, lost or someone skipped out on payment. Typically the phone is considered a brick. I don't know if it is universal to all carriers.

I would still try to find the original owner first and foremost.
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post #6 of 10
Ummm recovery mode to clear everything, and load a custom O.S? I found the same phone...I would of looked for the owner, had it not been perma locked and left in the lost and found for 3 months!!
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I don't even want to help if the owner isn't being looked for. See if maybe you can find out where she found the device. Go back there and ask any employees who might have been asked about it. These phones aren't cheap so hearing she just whacked in a new slim card isn't good. We are not going to help her profit off of this.
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i dont mean to be rude to you OP. but due to the nature of this thread it should be deleted...
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post #9 of 10
If carrier is blocking it my imei you can't do anything anyway its been black listed best thing to do is give it to the owner so someone can actually use it (this should be the first choice anyway). Only other use for the phone is be to send it to some 3rd world country where they don't use blacklisted data bases.
 
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This topic is shady at best, if it's lost attempt to return it as best you can. Closed.
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