They created global databases to share lists of mobile devices reported as lost or stolen.
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.
Can you unlock a blacklisted 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 if you use a blacklisted phone?
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.
What is a blacklisted iPhone?
The definition of a blacklisted iPhone is one that has been reported lost, stolen or due to an unpaid bill by the network the device was locked to originally. A blacklisted iPhone will likely not work properly on any network in the country of origin of the original network.
Will Apple warranty a blacklisted phone?
The warranty plan is tied to the iPhone and not the person who owns the phone; this means anyone can take an iPhone to an Apple Store for service or replacement. When a phone is reported as stolen, a carrier can blacklist it as stolen and disable it by using its device specific IMEI number.
Can a blacklisted phone be unlocked?
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.
Can an iPhone be taken off the blacklist?
Apple cannot change the status of a blacklisted iPhone, in fact they have a hands off policy for any devices that may have been stolen. An iPhone reported as lost or stolen results in the device being put on the blacklist through this unique IMEI number.