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If someone finds a lost phone that’s blocked, can they still use it?

If a phone is lost/stolen and blocked, can the person who finds it still use it at all?

Most Useful Answer pupster135  Mar. 30, 2011 at 22:04

If someone wanted to change the IMEI number on an iPhone 4 how would they do it?

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 13, 2013 at 13:24

And iTunes doesn't show it? By the way - is it jailbreaked? And what OS?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 13, 2013 at 13:29

Also: didn't it come in a box? The IMEI should be on it.

leelee87  Feb. 13, 2013 at 13:32

it is not jailbreaked an i updated to the latest os the day before it had stopped working

Pondlife  Feb. 13, 2013 at 13:38

Somewhat academic until the phone switches on though..

The imei is on the sim tray too isn't it?
Could any of the theft prevention softwares do this? Or would they be gone once the os update was done anyway?

Pondlife  Feb. 13, 2013 at 13:40

Can you rollback to previous software, maybe update issue especially if on vodafone

leelee87  Feb. 13, 2013 at 13:57

i dont under stand i have the imei number now

leelee87  Feb. 13, 2013 at 13:58

the network is t-mobile

Pondlife  Feb. 13, 2013 at 14:02

Been told if you put imei in mazuma's site it'll tell you if it's blocked not sure if that's accurate or there is checkmend but that's a pay service.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 13, 2013 at 14:59

Leelee.. The network is T-Mobile? The phone is EE?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 13, 2013 at 15:06

Oh, and: the network you are a customer of should be able to tell you if the IMEI is blocked.
Also: when you got the phone was it jailbreaked? Did you update the phone when it was jailbreaked?

It would help if you made ONE post where you list the series of events, and ALL the relevant details...

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 13, 2013 at 15:45

Sounds a lot like phone became locked after iOS upgrade.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 13, 2013 at 16:42

Oh, good idea. It could have been sim-unlocked in some dodgy fashion...

Pondlife  Feb. 13, 2013 at 16:48

Seemed to imply that network phone was on and his were both tmobile though, but could be reading that wrong.

shrimmpy  Jul. 25, 2013 at 20:35

If I change my sim (network provider) can the old network still block my phone using imei. even though Im with a new network

mrew42  Jul. 26, 2013 at 09:05

If the IMEI is blocked that's it end of story. It's not network specific

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 26, 2013 at 09:49

shrimmpy, if all a thief had to do is change networks, what'd be the point of an IMEI-block? ;)

shrimmpy  Jul. 26, 2013 at 14:25

shrimmpy, if all a thief had to do is change networks, what'd be the point of an IMEI-block? ;)

Ok thanks but how does a network block your phone if its no longer running the network on it,

say if I had an o2 phone which now has a vodaphone sim in how does o2 still manage to block it.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 26, 2013 at 14:35

shrimmpy, if all a thief had to do is change networks, what'd be the point of an IMEI-block? ;)

Ok thanks but how does a network block your phone if its no longer running the network on it,

say if I had an o2 phone which now has a vodaphone sim in how does o2 still manage to block it.

The IMEI is a device-specific identifier. The block works world-wide across networks (there are countries that don't participate, though. But they are a minority).

shrimmpy  Jul. 26, 2013 at 14:48

Thanks for the reply, Ive had a major dispute coming to the end of my contract, Ive tried several unlocking shops who cant or will not unblock or change an IMEI number.
Oh well my Note 2 will soon become a tablet, unless i give in to them, many thanks

mrew42  Jul. 26, 2013 at 14:58

Thanks for the reply, Ive had a major dispute coming to the end of my contract, Ive tried several unlocking shops who cant or will not unblock or change an IMEI number.
Oh well my Note 2 will soon become a tablet, unless i give in to them, many thanks


It is illegal to change the IMEI and to unblock so no wonder noone is interested.
Unlocking shops will remove the lock from a phone is locked to a Network, be it O2, Vodafone or whatever, but IMEI is completely independent of that.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 26, 2013 at 18:31

Thanks for the reply, Ive had a major dispute coming to the end of my contract, Ive tried several unlocking shops who cant or will not unblock or change an IMEI number.
Oh well my Note 2 will soon become a tablet, unless i give in to them, many thanks

Out of interest, what did/didn't you do to get your phone IMEI blocked?

shrimmpy  Jul. 26, 2013 at 20:41

Its not blocked...Yet!!
Although they say its illegal, its happening everywhere, its just people who don't know you wont do it for you, so I could sell it on a popular auction site to someone abroad.
I cant really say the reasons all i can tell you Ive been with O2 for 6 full contracts and they don't give a F*** .
many thanks for your help.

shrimmpy  Jul. 29, 2013 at 12:44

So I put it on a well known auction site, the phone is not blocked yet! remember. but i listed it as blocked just to see the response.
Now I read on the net, i can sell it if i add that the phone is not stolen and i also add in the listing that its imei blocked and guess what, the auction site removed it as it breaches there illegal activity rules.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 29, 2013 at 13:32

So I put it on a well known auction site, the phone is not blocked yet! remember. but i listed it as blocked just to see the response.
Now I read on the net, i can sell it if i add that the phone is not stolen and i also add in the listing that its imei blocked and guess what, the auction site removed it as it breaches there illegal activity rules.
And that surprises you? If you get YOUR phone IMEI blocked because it's lost/stolen, YOU can get it unblocked if it is found again. Nobody but you. So, selling an IMEI-blocked phone makes no sense unless you do not own the phone. That is what it has to look llike like for any 3rd party. And no auction/sales site should allow IMEI-blocked phones.

shrimmpy  Jul. 29, 2013 at 14:20

So I put it on a well known auction site, the phone is not blocked yet! remember. but i listed it as blocked just to see the response.
Now I read on the net, i can sell it if i add that the phone is not stolen and i also add in the listing that its imei blocked and guess what, the auction site removed it as it breaches there illegal activity rules.
And that surprises you? If you get YOUR phone IMEI blocked because it's lost/stolen, YOU can get it unblocked if it is found again. Nobody but you. So, selling an IMEI-blocked phone makes no sense unless you do not own the phone. That is what it has to look llike like for any 3rd party. And no auction/sales site should allow IMEI-blocked phones.


But mine is neither lost or stolen, and in other countries (google it) you can legally change your IMEI number.

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