Quick Answer: What Happens To A Phone When Reported Stolen?

What happens if you sell a stolen phone?

Each buyer has its own policy – check the company’s terms and conditions before selling if you’re concerned – but in most cases, this is what will happen if a mobile recycler is sent a stolen, lost, or network barred phone.

You won’t be sent any money for the phone.

A police investigation may ensue..

Can I put my SIM card in a blacklisted phone?

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.

Can you unlock a phone reported lost?

Verdict. As you can see, there isn’t much hope when it comes to unlocking a blacklisted phone. Like we mentioned, if it’s something that was reported as lost or stolen, you just won’t be able to use that phone at all.

What happens to a phone when it is blacklisted?

A blacklisted phone will still work with WiFi, but will not not be able to make calls, send texts, or use mobile data. Only the person who reported a phone stolen can have it removed from the blacklist. … If you purchased the phone via eBay, you may be able to make a claim for a refund.

Can you use a phone after reporting it lost?

The IMEI is used to identify the hardware when the phone wants to talk to a mobile carrier network. … It’s a basic deterrent to stealing handsets: i.e. the handset cannot work as a phone once it has been reported stolen. However, I understand that not all telcos have or use an EIR, so a stolen phone will still work.

How long does being blacklisted last?

Once you have been blacklisted, it is important to note that even after you settle your outstanding debts, your credit profile is tainted with the blacklisting for anywhere from two to five years. Your credit report contains all the positive, as well as negative information about your payment behaviour.

Can a blacklisted phone be tracked?

A blacklisted phone has no carrier associated with it. No phone broadcasts the IMEI. There is no “tracking” of a phone by IMEI. What can happen is through a carrier you can find the phone by phone number and find the tower(s) the phone was recently communicating with.

Can you jailbreak a blacklisted phone?

Unfortunately, jailbreaking blacklisted iPhone won’t fix it because the IMEI is still blacklisted by carrier. … Updating the iOS for iPhone or flashing the firmware for Android devices will not make any difference since the bad IMEI or bad ESN will not be removed from carriers’ databases.

Can a blacklisted phone use WiFi?

A blacklisted phone will still work with WiFi, but will not not be able to make calls, send texts, or use mobile data. Only the person who reported a phone stolen can have it removed from the blacklist.

What happens if you find your phone after it was lost and claimed?

If you reported the phone lost or stolen, and Asurion replaced it, the lost or stolen phone, if it’s found, is blacklisted, and will remain so. Keeping a phone you made an insurance claim on is fraud on your part.

What do thieves do with stolen phones?

At the very least they will switch it off, throw away the SIM card, format it and re-sell it. At the worst, they will unlock it and misuse the data inside it to threaten you. That’s why, when you lose your phone: First contact your service provider and tell them to block your number.

What can I do if someone sold me a stolen phone?

As soon as you think it’s stolen you need to call the police on 101 or take the item to your local police station. They’ll try to return it to its original owner. You shouldn’t keep the item or return it to the seller yourself – this might be considered ‘handling stolen goods’, which is illegal.

Can you go to jail for a stolen Iphone?

Yes, you can go to jail for a Larceny charge. You saying that you didn’t know it was stolen is a defense and it may very well be successful.

Can I use a phone that I found?

Google the model number and you will get carrier info. If the device is unlocked, meaning there is no lock placed by the carrier so that you won’t be allowed to use the phone on a different carrier, it can be used on any GSM carrier in any country supporting that phone.