How Can I Track My Phone If Its Blacklisted?

  • A blacklisted phone has no carrier associated with it.
  • No phone broadcasts the IMEI. There is no “tracking” of a phone by IMEI.
  • However, for a blacklisted phone there is no carrier. No IMEI associated with a customer and no customer.

How do you tell if a phone has been blacklisted?

The first step in checking if your phone is blacklisted is to find the devices unique ESN or IMEI. For most smartphones, you can type *#06# into the keypad and it will display.

How long does it take a phone to get blacklisted?

According to ATTMobilityCare, only the account holder or carrier can remove the block, so you need to try and contact them and it could take up to 24 hours to get it removed.

Can a phone be blacklisted for non payment?

Re: Which phones can be blacklisted for nonpayment of account? If the phones are still under contract or in a device payment plan, they may blacklist any of those devices. If the phones are fully yours (no contract, no payment plan bound to them), service should simply discontinue if the bill lapses for too long.

Can you Unblacklist an iPhone?

If you have an AT&T iPhone that’s already officially unlocked but blacklisted, you can sell it off to them. However, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus and later models such as iPhone 8 and iPhone X that are blacklisted can still be unlocked.

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 blacklisted phone be unlocked?

Yes, but keep in mind that unlocking the phone does not remove it from the blacklist. These are additional security measures that can only been removed by the network provider. The unlocking instructions will work for a blacklisted phone, however for it to work properly it must be removed from the blacklist.

What happens if you have a blacklisted phone?

If the phone is locked to another carrier or if it’s lost or stolen your service provider can use the IMEI to “blacklist” a device which means you won’t be able to make calls. Even if you switch to a different type of phone, a BlackBerry or an Android, your service provider will know which phone you are using.

Can a blacklisted phone be used overseas?

Sell internationally

As mentioned earlier, you can unlock the phone with the blacklisted IMEI. However, since it’s only blacklisted locally, you can sell it internationally where it would still have value.

Does Bell blacklist phones for non payment?

Bell now claims it flagged the Montreal phone after it found the original buyer used a fake identity. That means it can’t go after him for non-payment. Rogers told Go Public it does not blacklist phones for fraud like this — only when they are reported lost or stolen.

Can a phone be unlocked if its not paid off?

You’ll have to wait until your contract is up before you can unlock your phone. There’s an exception, however — if you’re willing to pay an early termination fee on your contract, you’ll then be eligible. So if you owe money, your carrier doesn’t have to unlock your phone.

Do financed phones get blacklisted?

Phones get blacklisted if they are reported lost or stolen, and in some cases for non-payment of carrier financing plans. You can see if your phone is blacklisted by contacting your carrier or using any ESN/IMEI checker. Here’s how to find your IMEI for iPhone and Android.

How much does it cost to Unblacklist a phone?

Pay to have your ESN/IMEI unblocked

Many services promise to unblock your ESN/IMEI for a fee, which can range anywhere from around $25 for older models like the Galaxy S4 to $80 for an iPhone X, and up to $190 for a Galaxy Note 9.

Can a phone be removed from blacklist?

Only the person who reported a phone stolen can have it removed from the blacklist. If you purchased your phone through a classified listing (like kijiji or craigslist) then your only option is to contact the seller and ask for a refund or to remove the phone from the blacklist (if they were the ones who put it on).

Is a blacklisted iPhone useless?

But with blacklist databases, you can find out easily the blacklist status of the iPhone. As a result, with databases being shared internationally, a blacklisted iPhone will be useless to any country as well. Hence, this prevents criminals from benefiting from a stolen iPhone.