[Q] GT-I9500 Bad Flash, Grey Market, Locked???
Ok so I just purchased a GT-I9500 as a new unlocked international phone. Seller stated box was open item so White cover could be installed and phone tested. The phone powers and seems ok but upon inspection the box IMEI and contents differ. Box seems to of originally had more than two stickers with the IMEI (B & C) are still on the box. I assume there was an "A" at one time. Contents seem OK but the phone will not register to my US Carrier ( Tried Automatic and Manual ). Search will not find a carrier. Signal bars are Grey and seem to have what I'm assuming is a circle with a line running across the bottom of the bars. My guess is that it is a lock symbol and the device is not unlocked. The phone reports a serial number of 0123456789ABCDEF. I have an unlocked G4 I337 that will register with the SIM I'm testing with.
My guess is the phone has been unboxed, re-flashed, S/N removed and sold as a International Unlocked phone. Or it is a cheap knock off possibly in an OEM box. I can't read the users manual but it references
I installed Kies for Mac and it will recognize my S4 I337 but this phone continues to say please connect a device. I have tried all USB modes.
*#1234# info if this helps
Status says IMEI SV 78
Advice? Return it to where I purchased it? Fix the S/N?
OK Genuine Galaxy S4/33/Note II Free App came back with wrong Rom size and wrong screen resolution. It's a FAKE.... But I already have a return authorization.