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Old Sep 16, 2010, 04:25 AM   #1
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iPhone 4: Blocked EMEI, is it now useless?

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I lost my iPhone4 saturday night and went through the usual blocking process, however, I have managed to recover the phone (was handed in at the venue I lost it at). The screen is saying 'iPhone is disabled connect to iTnues'. Is this now dead and staying dead?

I'm in the UK so understand it's blocked for any use in the UK, but can it be used abroad?

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Old Sep 16, 2010, 04:28 AM   #2
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why abroad?
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 04:29 AM   #3
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 04:39 AM   #4
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Is it worth contacting Apple. Explaining the situation and giving them proof you still have it and legally own it. They might be able to unblock it?
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 04:53 AM   #5
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Did you get a replacement? Then what you are doing is illegal.
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 04:54 AM   #6
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Have you tried connecting to itunes. Might it be unblocked if it is re-connected to your itunes account?
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 05:20 AM   #7
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Guys,

I lost my iPhone4 saturday night and went through the usual blocking process, however, I have managed to recover the phone (was handed in at the venue I lost it at). The screen is saying 'iPhone is disabled connect to iTnues'. Is this now dead and staying dead?

I'm in the UK so understand it's blocked for any use in the UK, but can it be used abroad?

Thanks.
You need to call the network again and tell them you have now found the phone. They will be able to unblock it.
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 05:48 AM   #8
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why abroad?
When I called to block the phone they told me it would be blocked to all UK networks, thus, usage abroad wouldn't be restricted.

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Did you get a replacement? Then what you are doing is illegal.
Getting my phone back that I lost is illigal?

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You need to call the network again and tell them you have now found the phone. They will be able to unblock it.
Been on hold for a while, waiting to hear from them, thanks
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 06:18 AM   #9
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When I called to block the phone they told me it would be blocked to all UK networks, thus, usage abroad wouldn't be restricted.



Getting my phone back that I lost is illigal?



Been on hold for a while, waiting to hear from them, thanks
No getting your phone back is not illegal, but if you had Insurance and claimed a new one then it's not your property anymore. If it's simply just you lost it and now found it again, Call up your Network provider and they'll unblock it for you.
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 06:39 AM   #10
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No getting your phone back is not illegal, but if you had Insurance and claimed a new one then it's not your property anymore. If it's simply just you lost it and now found it again, Call up your Network provider and they'll unblock it for you.
what he said lol
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 07:06 AM   #11
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No getting your phone back is not illegal, but if you had Insurance and claimed a new one then it's not your property anymore. If it's simply just you lost it and now found it again, Call up your Network provider and they'll unblock it for you.
way to jump to conclusions . He never even mentioned that.
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 07:37 AM   #12
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Phone IMEI's can be unblocked from all the networks but can take 7-14 days, contact your provider you blocked it with and they'll put the request through..
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 08:44 AM   #13
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The IMEI block was put on by your network provider (O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Tesco etc.) All you need to do is phone them up and say you've recovered the phone and the IMEI block will be removed and your phone back to normal. I had to do this when my phone was stolen then recovered 3 months later .
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 08:52 AM   #14
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No getting your phone back is not illegal, but if you had Insurance and claimed a new one then it's not your property anymore. If it's simply just you lost it and now found it again, Call up your Network provider and they'll unblock it for you.
I missed the part where he said he called his insurance company and they sent him a new one
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 08:59 AM   #15
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I missed the part where he said he called his insurance company and they sent him a new one
It sounds a little odd that the OP isn't enquiring about getting the phone unblocked, but rather where it can be used in the blocked state.

Doesn't that sound just a bit fishy to you too?
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 09:57 AM   #16
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way to jump to conclusions . He never even mentioned that.
My thoughts exactly.
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 10:02 AM   #17
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just plug it in to your computer and reactivated
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It sounds a little odd that the OP isn't enquiring about getting the phone unblocked, but rather where it can be used in the blocked state.

Doesn't that sound just a bit fishy to you too?
Sure does!!!!
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 11:27 AM   #19
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No getting your phone back is not illegal, but if you had Insurance and claimed a new one then it's not your property anymore. If it's simply just you lost it and now found it again, Call up your Network provider and they'll unblock it for you.
I don't have a claim going through. I lost the phone and thought that once the EMEI was blocked, that it couldn't be removed, otherwise, what's the point of doing it? Unless it can only be removed by the owner. I'm sure I'd heard that an EMEI block couldn't be removed and doing so was illigal? And I'm sure o2 told me it would permanently blocked and that no one could use the phone.

As it turns out, I called o2 and they've removed the block, but I think I have to connect to iTunes to get it up and running again.

I was enquiring as to whether I can use it abroad as I figured I'd have to sell it to buy another one that wasn't blocked.

Thanks for all the replies, here's hoping when I plug it back in tonight it works again
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 05:04 PM   #20
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I had my i phone 4 stolen on a night out on satday. I had the phone blocked about 6 in the morning when I realised it was gone and it had been switched off.

When an i phone 4 is blocked can the person who has the phone still look through content on the phone? i.e see emails, text messages, photos.

I have confidential information on it regarding work.

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Old Mar 21, 2011, 05:12 PM   #21
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It sounds a little odd that the OP isn't enquiring about getting the phone unblocked, but rather where it can be used in the blocked state.

Doesn't that sound just a bit fishy to you too?
nothing fishy at all from how i read it.

i wish i could help, but i'm not familiar with the UK.

but anyways, people don't give anyone the benefit of a doubt on this forum. and even if he was trying to fraud an insurance company, is he actually going to listen to YOU or some random person on a forum? you're not the police.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 05:53 PM   #22
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If your carrier doesn't want to unblock it just put it on Ebay and mention that it does not work inside UK.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 06:01 PM   #23
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I had my i phone 4 stolen on a night out on satday. I had the phone blocked about 6 in the morning when I realised it was gone and it had been switched off.

When an i phone 4 is blocked can the person who has the phone still look through content on the phone? i.e see emails, text messages, photos.

I have confidential information on it regarding work.

Thanks

Mike.
The thief will be able to turn the phone on and browse the contents of it (assuming you haven't set some sort of passcode) but they won't be able to get any network connectivity (unless they ship it to a different country where the IMEI won't be blocked).
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btw, just to clear something up.

the IMEI is only blacklisted on the main carrier, the phone can be unlocked and used on ANY carrier, even in the same country.

so to put that into perspective for some:

if i have an AT&T phone that gets blacklisted, i will be able to use it on T-Mobile.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 07:44 PM   #25
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btw, just to clear something up.

the IMEI is only blacklisted on the main carrier, the phone can be unlocked and used on ANY carrier, even in the same country.

so to put that into perspective for some:

if i have an AT&T phone that gets blacklisted, i will be able to use it on T-Mobile.
AT&T doesn't blacklist any stolen or lost phones in the US.
Every carrier in each country will vary though.
If it's blacklisted in the UK for example you could possibly use it on a carrier in Italy or brazil for example.
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