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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  Jul. 29, 2013 at 15:21

In other countries you can buy dogmeat on the farmers market, you can buy a handgun in a pawnshop, you can sell, own and use heroin, you can rape etc etc ... What is your point?

Lets assume you are on contract: "your" phone is not "your" phone until you paid off your contract! Why? Because the network is subsidising the cost of the device. In return you pay a monthly sum of money. If you stop doing your part of the deal, the network will block your device. It IS their right to do so, because it is their phone. Is that such a difficult concept?
If you rent an apartment, your landlord will change the locks when you put up the house for sale.

I'm not pro-networks, by the way. But a contract is a contract.

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 29, 2013 at 15:42

Don't understand what is the all fuss about locked phone?
If you don't uphold your end of the contract with mobile provider they will add an entry to your credit report that you have an outstanding payment to them. When you try to get a new contract and your credit check is run you will get a denial until your outstanding payment is resolved. You pretty much sentencing yourself to 7 years of PAYG.
The only way to remove bad credit entry is to have mobile provider is to admit that they are wrong. Otherwise, red flag will stay on credit report for 7 years, even if you pay your balance after it's flagged.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 29, 2013 at 15:46

Don't understand what is the all fuss about locked phone?
If you don't uphold your end of the contract with mobile provider they will add an entry to your credit report that you have an outstanding payment to them. When you try to get a new contract and your credit check is run you will get a denial until your outstanding payment is resolved. You pretty much sentencing yourself to 7 years of PAYG.
The only way to remove bad credit entry is to have mobile provider is to admit that they are wrong. Otherwise, red flag will stay on credit report for 7 years, even if you pay your balance after it's flagged.


True. But still, eventually they block your phone. Not like they can use it ;)
Just cause the cops put you in jail if you get convicted for coke, doesn't mean they let you keep the drugs ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 29, 2013 at 16:24

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.

You want to use eBay? You play by their rules. eBay are a private company and can (within reason) implement any rules or regulations they wish to. If they don't allow IMEI blocked phones, so be it, find somewhere else to sell it.

shrimmpy  Jul. 30, 2013 at 12:25

[quote]In other countries you can buy dogmeat on the farmers market, you can buy a handgun in a pawnshop, you can sell, own and use heroin, you can rape etc etc ... What is your point?

Lets assume you are on contract: "your" phone is not "your" phone until you paid off your contract! Why? Because the network is subsidising the cost of the device. In return you pay a monthly sum of money. If you stop doing your part of the deal, the network will block your device. It IS their right to do so, because it is their phone. Is that such a difficult concept?
If you rent an apartment, your landlord will change the locks when you put up the house for sale.

I'm not pro-networks, by the way. But a contract is a contract.[/qu

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 30, 2013 at 13:41

Lost interest?

satchef1  Jul. 31, 2013 at 13:48

Normally, if you default on your mobile phone contract they will just slap a default on your credit file and sell the debt on the a debt recovery agency. They don't usually block the phone's IMEI.

The IMEI only gets blocked in the phone is reported lost or stolen, or has been involved in criminal activity (e.g. fraud).

So I guess the question is; what on Earth have you been up to?

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 31, 2013 at 16:52

Normally, if you default on your mobile phone contract they will just slap a default on your credit file and sell the debt on the a debt recovery agency. They don't usually block the phone's IMEI.

The IMEI only gets blocked in the phone is reported lost or stolen, or has been involved in criminal activity (e.g. fraud).

So I guess the question is; what on Earth have you been up to?

Good question, though I get the feeling you'd need O2's side of the story as well, for fairness.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 31, 2013 at 17:39

Normally, if you default on your mobile phone contract they will just slap a default on your credit file and sell the debt on the a debt recovery agency. They don't usually block the phone's IMEI.

The IMEI only gets blocked in the phone is reported lost or stolen, or has been involved in criminal activity (e.g. fraud).

So I guess the question is; what on Earth have you been up to?


I think it's patently clear that s/he's not gonna share that little bit of the story ;)

satchef1  Jul. 31, 2013 at 22:43

That's what I mean. The networks rarely bar handsets unless they are reported lost or stolen. If you default on your contract they have the right to do so, but they rarely exercise that right. They usually port your number over to PAYG, hoping to retain your custom.

If O2 are threatening to bar the handset, there has to be an interesting story behind that.

Can they do it? Yes. Is there anything that you can do about it? Nope. To throw you a bone, there are some countries where IMEI blocked handsets work. Try finding someone in one of those countries who is interested in buying it.

vikram2010  Feb. 21, 2014 at 12:04

These folks can help you track your lost or stolen Iphone if you still have IMEI: https://www.facebook.com/Iphonetrace or http://www.iphonetrace.com/

TJ Skywasher  Feb. 21, 2014 at 21:01

If a phone is blocked it can be taken abroad and used as normal in another country.

dinnu  Apr. 12, 2014 at 09:00

i lost my mobile it can find these is my imei no35830xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 13, 2014 at 13:25

i lost my mobile it can find these is my imei no35830xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Dinnu!!!!! Do NOT EVER post your IMEI or phone number in public. EVER!

Nobody here can help. You MUST call your network, and they will block your phone. Then call the police... Just so. You never know.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 13, 2014 at 14:06

i lost my mobile it can find these is my imei no35830xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Network, then Police. I assume you don't have any tracking software installed on the phone?

mommyuomii  Jun. 7, 2014 at 15:18

What will appear on the screen when a mobile device has been blocked?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 8, 2014 at 11:16

What will appear on the screen when a mobile device has been blocked?

Depends on the phone model and the network etc etc... Anything from "Limited Service" to "Call Diverted" to "ScumBall"....
Essentially, it'll look similar to what you get when you input a faulty SIM or no SIM.

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