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[Q] Bought a Stolen Nexus 4. Now what

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By mitrals, Junior Member on 18th June 2014, 09:04 PM
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Ok stupid me. I bought a Nexus 4 from a guy off craigslist. He turned the phone on and all functions worked. I didn't have the sim pin and nor did he so I was not able to insert my sim card and check. Once I got home, and put my sim card in the phone keeps deleting everything. ESN check on Swappa is clear. Now the guy does not pick up my calls texts and his phone is off. Am I stuck with a paperweight? What are the legal ramifications?
 
 
18th June 2014, 09:30 PM |#2  
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Ok stupid me. I bought a Nexus 4 from a guy off craigslist. He turned the phone on and all functions worked. I didn't have the sim pin and nor did he so I was not able to insert my sim card and check. Once I got home, and put my sim card in the phone keeps deleting everything. ESN check on Swappa is clear. Now the guy does not pick up my calls texts and his phone is off. Am I stuck with a paperweight? What are the legal ramifications?

Is Bootloader unlocked? Are you able to boot into bootloader and unlock with a toolkit and flash factory images?
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Is Bootloader unlocked? Are you able to boot into bootloader and unlock with a toolkit and flash factory images?

The phone is plain stock without any modifications. I will try and load a factory image on the phone. I just don't want the cops coming after me or someone capturing my data.
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The phone is plain stock without any modifications. I will try and load a factory image on the phone. I just don't want the cops coming after me or someone capturing my data.

That is probably your only option since you don't know the sim pin
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Unlock the bootloafer then flash factory image. Then pray for it dont be IMEI locked. Its sad when people scam us.

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Ok stupid me. I bought a Nexus 4 from a guy off craigslist. He turned the phone on and all functions worked. I didn't have the sim pin and nor did he so I was not able to insert my sim card and check. Once I got home, and put my sim card in the phone keeps deleting everything. ESN check on Swappa is clear. Now the guy does not pick up my calls texts and his phone is off. Am I stuck with a paperweight? What are the legal ramifications?

if the ESN/IMEI checks out with swappa you don't have a paperweight. call T-Mobile and register your device.


factory reset every and if it still isn't working try installing factory images.


you're only stuck with a paperweight if its reported stolen (which only works if the phone was bought from T-Mobile directly.) or if it doesn't work whatsoever

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