My iPhone has been stolen & I've barred the sim,can the phone still been used?

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 11, 2011 at 10:55

I assume by "barred the sim" you mean you rang your carrier to have the phone IMEI blocked? In that case, no, it can not be used unless the thief was a clever hacker.
The "sim-block" is just that: a sim-block so no one can clock up a huge bill in your name.

ndgd  Dec. 21, 2011 at 08:51

phone will probably end up overseas as your phone is only blocked in your country

equ  Jan. 2, 2012 at 21:00

IEMI locks work prerry much globaly except africa.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 3, 2012 at 00:20

A phone with a British, blocked IMEI will only not work in the EU. That's why there are so many phones on eBay advertised as "for use outside the UK/EU only".

It's a well known insurance scam. Claim you lost phone X, your insurance company block phone X and send you phone Y, you sell phone X on eBay for use outside of the UK/EU (the USA is a popular end point for these devices), and then you have a brand new phone Y and the cash from the sale of phone X.

It's highly illegal, FYI.

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 3, 2012 at 07:56

US does not have a concept of IMEI blocking. Every phone on the network is revenue for carrier. Lost, stolen, insurance scam is none of carriers business.
IMEI can be blocked by request from police, if phone is involved in some sort of felony, but that's like less than 1% of cases.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 3, 2012 at 12:29

CTPAHIK, precisely my point. These UK insurance scam phones either get sold to unknowing buyers in the UK who are left with a blocked phone. Or they're sold outside of the EU (especially to the US), where IMEI blocking is rare or non-existent and no-one really cares about such things.

jmarcelino  Jan. 4, 2012 at 12:24

So as usual criminals still make their money by selling them overseas, and the only problem is second hand buyers who buy phones which are then blocked when the original owner reports them as "stolen" or "lost".

Makes me wonder if the US approach of just let them be is such a bad thing.


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