Apple iPhone 5s box and accessories up for bid on eBay, phone not included
0. phoneArena 16 Nov 2013, 20:30 posted on
Here's a story to chew on this weekend. Someone has put up on eBay the 16GB Gold Apple iPhone 5s box and accessories, and the current bid is $227.50. Did we forget something, like oh, the phone? Nope. The price includes only the box and the accessories that come with it like the ear buds and charger. It's all very strange considering that if you sign a two-year contract with a carrier, you can pick up the phone for $199.99...
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28. darkkjedii (Posts: 19471; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You're trying too hard to start a flame war dude.
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 19471; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
The only way I'd get this is if it was dirt cheap, and I was trying to sell my phone and had the phone only. Other than that, I see no reason whatsoever to waste money on a box.
30. tacarat (Posts: 724; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
The IMEI will be on the box. The buyer can report the phone as stolen and have it disabled. Hopefully the phone wasn't sold separately.
34. mattkl (Posts: 211; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)
I'm not sure but doesn't it make sense that you would have to be on the account that had that IMEI on it to report it stolen? You can't call a CDMA carrier, not get verified in and just give them an IMEI to block I don't believe.
40. tigermcm (Posts: 851; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
I was able to report a phone lost on Sprint's website before not sure if its the same still
48. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
Doesn't work that way for GSM, there needs to be account verification done in order to report as lost or stolen.
72. tacarat (Posts: 724; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
US GSM carriers do that now too. Call in about your own number and the equipment you were supposedly buying. You can definitely verify your own account, right? You can read off the IMEI as the one that was lost. Lots of people swap SIMs so it's known the IMEI on file may not be the one of the active phone.
35. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Wouldn't they ask for the phone number attached to that IMEI? Curious.
EDIT: mattkl beat me to it!
39. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
Anyone wanna watch a live comet?
I know, its way off topic.
41. tigermcm (Posts: 851; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
hmmmm seems to me the ppl getting bent out of shape with this situation must have been taken advantage of. I wouldnt do it but the saying goes if its too good to be true..... so in other words this is a case of error id10T
42. TomTheNerd (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
People get tricked like this all the time, they think there's a phone in the box so they bid.
44. Andrewtst (Posts: 597; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
45. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 217; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
I think Phonearena has done a great service by publishing this. Probably thats why the ad was removed.