Originally Posted by xsparky1x
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)
Well thats ur answer.