Next day after receiving a very nasty message about how the son growing impatient and sought out help from a local friend of his to "unlock it", I get one a few hours later demanding their money back or they were going to the police because I had "sold them a blacklisted phone"... 🤨:expressionless_face:
All while I'm dealing with that and trying not go to jail over a phone that I had paid for and had for the last 2 years, I found out the people I sold it to, were "so ironically and coincidentally" acuintances of my fiances. They were his best friends grandparents neighbors, who were also like childhood friends. All while I'm fighting desperately to recover anything from the backups done from transferring phones to get the receipts proving I did in fact own and pay off the device, but no matter what, it all just *poof* gone.... almost like never to existed. I sh*t you not, I was staring at an email I got from Verizon while still on the phone with Verizon of the point if sale date and transaction amount, literally all I needd.. within I minute--the time it took me to hit the 'Save to Google Drive' and push the end call button-- that same email--gone. No emails in 9 emails I tried searching in, no Google drive saves, Verizon(well ASURION) couldn't provide anything else to me for security reasons or whatever their reason was. (WTFFFFFFFF, RIGHT!?)
I literally gave up.. there was nothing I could do at that point.. I was backed into a corner, a very lonely corner. Here is where it all started and has continued since then--the world is a very dark and cruel place with very few good people left:pensive_face: They control almost everything, it is by some grace if luck I stumbled across this post because any issue or problem I'm stuck with, somehow Google, Bing, any Search engine just is like blocked from what im typing. My phone results back with nothing for my 2017 vehicle (I can find info on 2019+, or 2016 and under but thats literally it) same wit my laptop. IFixIt.com has a tutorial for any laptop out there, except mine. I cant find any site to show me a teardown tutorial of a S340-13iml or even a snapshot of what the inside looks like to know is its been tampered with.
I'm sorry to have gone off on such a ridiculous tangent... as you can probably tell I don't talk much to anyone, I don't even want to anymore..I don't know how to socialize like a normal person anymore(sounds ridiculous-i know). My anxiety, depression, and ptsd have been their priority targets when looking for something or someone to blame, so needless to say I almost don't care anymore to be around people.. don't know who ya can trust anymore....
A "hard boot" is just turning the phone power off and turning it back on. That won't do anything to the existing setup or data on the phone.
If you mean "factory reset", then yes, that resets the phone to a fresh "out of the box" condition. If you think someone actually messed or changed the SIM, then go to your carrier and have them look at it - make sure it's the same SIM they originally gave you to put in the phone. Better yet, ask for a new one, with a new number even. I mean, if you think they really did do something.
But honestly, unless you are a government or corporate employee, and these wrong people are into government or corporate espionage or in a drug cartel, I seriously doubt they have any way to mess with the SIM card that won't immediately flag the carrier that it's been tampered with.