Re: Other sites have statements ....
Though payment in AUD might be the spearhead... wait for USD, GBP, EUR, JPY to follow, maybe.
Can you factory reset an iThing without external hardware? e.g. Power + vol down + home from poweroff on some (all?) Android devices. I guess not otherwise this might be mentioned as a last resort recovery option.
If the 'ware prevents you switching off your phone to do that you can always take the battery out to reboot it and perform a reset combo. Oh. hang on.