May 20 2010

Good News! Not everyone is a scam artist!

Ok, for those of you following along on the iphone issue, I have some exciting news.
After much due-diligence on my part, I found a fella that actually sold me an iphone 3gs 16gig for a decent price!
Thank god hey?
Just when I was beginning to think everyone selling iphones online was a shithead, up pops Ron. I’m really happy with him.
Look, bottom line is this; don’t buy an iphone from anyone that wants Western Union. The only way to truly protect yourself is to meet the seller in person, preferably at a service provider’s store. That way you can check the phone right there. Make sure it’s not stolen and be 100% confident that you are getting what you paid for.
K, I have to go now, I want to play with my phone. Yay me1

May 19 2010

iphone fakes are everywhere!

OK, I know I’m harping on the iphone thing but holy shit! These guys are everywhere and they will tell you anything to get you to send them Western Union money.
Even if the phone is legitimate chances are it could be stolen. Now what? If you buy a stolen phone, take it to your provider for activation guess what? They take it from you. Yikes!
K, here’s the best advice to not get burned with a stolen phone…All carriers that handle that specified model has access to the black listed ESN hot list. So, tell them you bought a phone on ebay and want them to run the esn number, tell them you aren’t a customer and you dont want to discuss plans, rates, contracts nothing but the esn number. You will know immediately. It takes me 30 seconds to check. That is your only way to check before you get screwed.
Good luck.

May 18 2010

The iphone dilemna

In the end I decided to go with a craigslist listing to buy an iphone. 1. almost all the “authentic, wholesale” phones are a scam and 2. I will be able to go and look at this one in person. (read below for corresponding story)