IMEI blacklist.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by al821, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. al821 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    so i know att started to blacklist imei for stolen or lost phones. can the blacklisted phone be used on tmobile?

    i had my phone robbed, so yea.
  2. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    The imei lockout should stop the iPhone being used in any network.

    In the Uk if a lockout is imposed by the network it would only hold in the uk hence why a lot of cellphones that are stolen are shipped abroad.
  3. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
    AT&T blacklisting only works on their own network and will not affect other gsm networks like tmobile and their subsidiaries. It is not like in Europe where carriers will share a blacklist. Tmobile I don't believe use a blacklist system of any kind.
  4. r2shyyou macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
  5. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    The blacklist used "in the UK" is actually an international one, but it's not the same as the one in the US.
  6. google macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2007
    They should make this as a public database so people who buy phones from CL can verify before buying and not end up with a blacklisted phone.
  7. nebo1ss macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2010
    Disagree. It is well known that phones stolen in the UK are shipped to Italy and France.
  8. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    It's not a case of "disagree".

    It's a fact.

    I did not say that ALL networks in the world use it.

    I don't know specifically about France and Italy, but I'd be surprised if they didn't use it.

    If they go abroad, they tend to go to countries with slim to no chance of any form of IMEI blocking ever being implemented.
  9. RCRod83 macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2010
    AT&T, Verzion, et al. will start sharing their database soon so that a blacklisted # in AT&T's database will also be in Verizon's and so forth.
  10. al821 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    thanks. shouldve been more careful but **** happens. even though the phone is gone, it's good to know that the scumbag will not be able to activate it on any GSM network within the states

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