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Can an IMEI be unblocked?

If your phone is lost then found, can the IMEI be unblocked so you can use the phone again?

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 17:39

Not legally.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 20:04

Not legally.
HUH?
I had my stolen E6 blocked this winter. Vodafone gave me a reference number that I was supposed to quote in the event the phone later showed up again, so that it could be unblocked.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 20:19

Maybe I was wrong. I always thought that once it was blocked, it was blocked for good.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 20:22

Maybe I was wrong. I always thought that once it was blocked, it was blocked for good.
Maybe Vodafone were pulling my leg? Since I never got the phone back, I can't vouch for it, either...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 20:31

Maybe I was wrong. I always thought that once it was blocked, it was blocked for good.
Maybe Vodafone were pulling my leg? Since I never got the phone back, I can't vouch for it, either...

I've never had to have a phone IMEI blocked, so I was just going on what I thought was right. Maybe it differs from network to network and nation to nation.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 20:38

I looked it up, we're both kind of right.

You're right, the original owner can have the phone unblocked if they provide the correct password (given to them at the time of blocking) to the network.

I'm right, once the phone has been claimed for with an insurance company (which I assumed most people would do, whether that's house contents insurance or specific mobile phone/gadget insurance) and they've paid out, the phone is blocked for good, no matter who asks for it to be unblocked. I guess this is to reduce phone related insurance fraud.

AFAIK, this is for the UK, I guess most of the EU is similar (not sure about the US and other places).

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 22:00

I would think that a lot of phones aren't insured tbh.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 22:30

I would think that a lot of phones aren't insured tbh.

Here in Ireland (from what I hear) they'll hardly let you leave the shop with a contract phone if you don't buy insurance.... (CPW, afaik, the staff get commission on policies sold)

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 22:42

I would think that a lot of phones aren't insured tbh.

Here in Ireland (from what I hear) they'll hardly let you leave the shop with a contract phone if you don't buy insurance.... (CPW, afaik, the staff get commission on policies sold)

Even when I bought my PAYG S2 from O2, they did their best (and failed) to get me to buy insurance with it. Even when I told them my house contents insurance covered mobile phone theft, they told me it didn't and I'd need their insurance. I was very close to telling them to just forget the whole sale and I'd buy it online in peace.

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 22:44

Get to dump it after a month though.
Besides that's contract phones Jan, heck of a lot of p&g over here.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 22:46

Get to dump it after a month though.
Besides that's contract phones Jan, heck of a lot of p&g over here.

See above, expensive PAYG purchases aren't exempt from the insurance sales pitch...

Treab  Aug. 30, 2012 at 22:55

tesco mobile online is awesome :D no insurance needed to be bought when i bought my phone contract :D surprised actually.

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 23:00

Get to dump it after a month though.
Besides that's contract phones Jan, heck of a lot of p&g over here.

See above, expensive PAYG purchases aren't exempt from the insurance sales pitch...


Yeah but like I said can dump after a month, and you still resisted the sales pitch.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 23:42

I would think that a lot of phones aren't insured tbh.

Here in Ireland (from what I hear) they'll hardly let you leave the shop with a contract phone if you don't buy insurance.... (CPW, afaik, the staff get commission on policies sold)

Even when I bought my PAYG S2 from O2, they did their best (and failed) to get me to buy insurance with it. Even when I told them my house contents insurance covered mobile phone theft, they told me it didn't and I'd need their insurance. I was very close to telling them to just forget the whole sale and I'd buy it online in peace.


Yep... that should be illegal! Those sales pitches can get folks into trouble with their house content insurer!

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 23:57

I would think that a lot of phones aren't insured tbh.

Here in Ireland (from what I hear) they'll hardly let you leave the shop with a contract phone if you don't buy insurance.... (CPW, afaik, the staff get commission on policies sold)

Even when I bought my PAYG S2 from O2, they did their best (and failed) to get me to buy insurance with it. Even when I told them my house contents insurance covered mobile phone theft, they told me it didn't and I'd need their insurance. I was very close to telling them to just forget the whole sale and I'd buy it online in peace.


Yep... that should be illegal! Those sales pitches can get folks into trouble with their house content insurer!

I know that, you know that (I'm sure O2 know that), but I don't see it stopping any time soon unfortunately.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 31, 2012 at 08:10

Don't forget that a lot of premier credit cards offer free insurance for electronic purchases. I've seen coverage for up to 2 years, including theft.

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