What happens when a phone is blacklisted?
If a phone is blacklisted, it means that the device was reported lost or stolen. The blacklist is a database of all the IMEI or ESN numbers that have been reported. If you have a device with a blacklisted number, your carrier may block services. In the worst-case scenario, the local authorities could seize your phone.
Can you unlock a blacklisted phone?
The only way that you can bypass a blacklist or unlock a blacklisted phone is through a third-party unlocking company. An unlocking company can only do so much as well. They can get a blacklisted phone unlocked with or without the use of an unlock code.
What does blacklisted phone mean?
Blacklisted means that a device has been registered as lost or stolen and the phone will be inoperable. If you buy a phone from someone you do not fully trust, the phone could be working today but when the seller stops paying their lease on the phone it will immediately become blacklisted and be worthless.
Can a phone number be blacklisted?
If a phone is listed on the blacklist, wireless carriers will not allow the phone to connect to the cellular network even if using a valid SIM card. Devices are listed by their unique IMEI Number. Many countries have a similar Blacklist, and these are shared on an international database administered by the GSMA.
How do I Unblacklist a number?
If you don’t want to get calls from a certain phone number
, you can block it. When the number
tries to call you, your phone declines the call automatically.
Unblock a number
- Open your Phone app .
- Tap More .
- Tap Settings. Blocked numbers.
- Next to the number you want to unblock, tap Clear. Unblock.
What happens if I put my SIM card in a blacklisted phone?
You can put any SIM card in the phone you like and it will still be locked and demanding an unlock code. If a phone is carrier-locked, it means that only one carrier’s SIM cards can be used with it. This lock can be removed by entering the right code on an Android phone or by having Apple unlock it for an iPhone.
Will a prepaid SIM work in a blacklisted phone?
phones with blocked IMEI’s can still be used “offline”, such as for taking pictures, phonebook or as an ipod over wifi. however, SMS and telephone functions (anything that would require a SIM card) wont work.
How long does it take to Unblacklist a phone?
Should be done pretty quickly, usually in 2 or 3 days at most. From previous experience it can take up to a week providing it’s for a recovered phone or placed in error.
Where can I get a blacklisted phone unlocked?
Ask your carrier to unblock your ESN/IMEI
If your ESN/IMEI is blacklisted for non-payment, you might be able to get it off the blacklist by bringing your account up-to-date. Ask your carrier about this option. Once it’s off the blacklist, you can either continue using it or sell it.
Is selling a blacklisted phone illegal?
If you bought a blacklisted iPhone, that means it was stolen. Possession of stolen property is a crime and no, throwing it away doesn’t let you off the hook. Unlocking or using the phone is not possible and even if it was, it would be illegal.
Can you unblock an IMEI?
You can still unlock the bad IMEI phone through many of the unlock providers out there without a guarantee that you could reuse it through the main domestic USA carriers. You can still unlock the phone if it’s on AT&T – just don’t expect to reuse it on their pre-paid partners’ networks.
Is IMEI cleaning legal?
Yes, but only if the IMEI, MEID, or ESN is being changed or altered in any manner which would serve to conceal the true identifiers of the mobile device. Notwithstanding these advancements, altering or changing a device’s mobile identifiers is a practice deemed illegal in most countries throughout the world.
Does changing IMEI unlock phone?
Changing the IMEI won’t unblock the number. The carrier has to do that. If it’s blocked from activating, take it to the carrier that it is locked to. It’s hardware coded into the phone, and you need the original IMEI to unlock it.