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 Can carrier block imei?
Unread 10-17-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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Can carrier block imei?

Hey guys, asking this on behalf of friend. He's bought a iPhone 4 off his mate, it's a contract which has not been paid. He's now panicking he's paid all that money for the iPhone 4 and it gets blocked! It's factory unlocked as far as I'm aware . It was origanally on Vodafone UK network

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Unread 10-17-2012, 08:21 PM   #2
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His friend is going to have to pay the Early Termination Fee if that iPhone's going to ever be unblocked I believe... otherwise he's stuck with an iPod with a non-working phone app lol
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24 Months with T-Mobile plan = $1450

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Unread 10-17-2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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the iphone is already unlocked...she asking can/if att lock it again.
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oops my bad... i meant to say UNBLOCK.... since the original owner didn't fulfill the contract and there is a balance owing... then it sounds like the carrier put a "block" on the specific phone until the Early Termination Fee is paid off in full is what I meant to say
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Unread 10-18-2012, 02:00 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by xsparky1x View Post
Hey guys, asking this on behalf of friend. He's bought a iPhone 4 off his mate, it's a contract which has not been paid. He's now panicking he's paid all that money for the iPhone 4 and it gets blocked! It's factory unlocked as far as I'm aware . It was origanally on Vodafone UK network

Any help would be appreciated. :-)
Here is your answer:
Yes the carrier can BLACKLIST any Iphone sold by them (on contract subsidy basis)
Even if in the past such a phone been 3rd party factory unlocked (i.e services like mine) carrier can't change it SIMLOCK status back to LOCKED.
But they will just blacklist(barring service) such a IMEI.
Consequences of this will be perma lack of coverage on any network countrywide, in other words your Iphone will be as much usable as Ipod...
(barring not working international,it means such a phone can still be sold abroad or used abroad like a 100% working phone)

Most common carrier's barring reasons:

*Original account holder reporting Lost or Stolen
(scammers on ebay often doing this trick when they got a free upgrade coming, they selling they current phone after securing money from unexpecting buyer they go to their carrier and reporting phone that they sold u as stolen, cause they were insured and will now receive full compensation-so they getting new Iphone and money for the one that they sold to u back to them...)

*Runaway from contract/Original carrier account in bad $$$ condition for a long period...

*On authorities request, for whateva reason they give them.
(Applies to numbers,accounts that are under surveilance by police,suspicion of illegal activities etc...they can tap, limit disable whole account or just request perma blacklist for any IMEI)

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My obvious question is why doesn't he give the phone back to his mate and get his money back?

Sounds like the owner knew the phone was going to be blocked eventually due to failed payments and thought il make a few hundred while it still works...

It's not fair on your friend if this is the case.

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Unread 10-18-2012, 03:36 AM   #7
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It defently isn't fair, I'm on Vodafone so that's why he's asked me, but think he expects me to phone Vodafone and ask for him, which I'm not doing, that's why I said I'd come on here and ask you guys. I've told him 100 times to just go get is money back but supposedly the guy who sold him it isn't answering his phone etc anymore. :-(
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Unread 10-18-2012, 05:20 AM   #8
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In regards to the phone, Vodafone will ask to speak to the account holder which is neither of you. He's not much of a friend to your friend to be refusing to answer calls. Neither if you could have guessed this outcome if it gets blocked I'm sure someone on here from another country would buy it as it will still work abroad

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Unread 10-18-2012, 07:41 PM   #9
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If it's GSM phone, can be use in Vietnam and China would be no issue...cuz my friend stuck with one like this...end up sale to friend in VN.... there are no system to track "block" phone in these country
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