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Should I buy iCloud locked iPhone?

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As is? No, don't buy it. If you can have them unlock the device (which they should be able to do if it isn't stolen) then sure, buy it after it's been unlocked. 

Hello,
I have a chance to buy a locked iPhone 11 pro max 256GB for 300 euros in mint condition. I have zero experience with iPhones, I am coming over from android. I know the phone is not stolen as I know the seller and his son is not using the phone and is living abroad. Can I unlock the phone? Is it worth buying?

Thanks for the answers.

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No.

 

First, bypassing iCloud locks are basically impossible, so you'd end up with a paper weight or a set of spare parts. 

 

Second, I don't buy that the phone isn't stolen. If their the owners of the phone, they can unlock it. The seller can call his son and get it unlocked in ~10 minutes, maybe less, so if he's not willing to do that, it's probably because they can't. 

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Just ask him to get his son to log out from iCloud then, it's not hard. Otherwise you wont be able to log into a different Apple ID (so no app store for you either), no updates, no reset to factory defaults, no Find my iPhone... It's as if you just borrowed someone's phone.

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Just now, Jurrunio said:

Just ask him to get his son to log out from iCloud then, it's not hard. Otherwise you wont be able to log into a different Apple ID (so no app store for you either), no updates, no reset to factory defaults, no Find my iPhone... It's as if you just borrowed someone's phone.

If you even get that far. Upon activation it will prompt for the Apple ID it is attached to

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No. iCloud needs to be removed before you purchase it, otherwise it's just a fancy paper weight or parts device. There is no way to reset it and activate it without knowing there currently attached iCloud Credentials.

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As is? No, don't buy it. If you can have them unlock the device (which they should be able to do if it isn't stolen) then sure, buy it after it's been unlocked. 

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