Blacklisted iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by barr0n, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. barr0n macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2014
    I have a blacklisted iphone 5, Its not stolen, I simply lost my job and didnt pay the contract

    Is there any way of removing the IMEI from the blacklist database, Or changing i IMEI?

    the phones on o2 UK

    Or is there any reliable places or people that will buy it with full knowledge its blocked

    i have an iphone 5s coming tomorrow so now the 5 is no use too me
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    ebay (and don't blame me; it's not my fault that people pay top dollars for bad ESN/activation locked iPhones and neither ebay nor congress will crack down on that).
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    No, you cannot remove the phone from the blacklist. You can pay your bill, that'll remedy the issue and probably help your credit.

    Can you sell it? I suppose. People do that on eBay but you better do everything you can to ensure the buyer knows the phone is blacklisted.
    <judgmental joe>
    You lost your job and could not pay the bill but then somehow got a new phone to which I assume you paid something for and now you want to unload the blacklisted phone off on someone else? Hmmmm

    </judgmental joe>
  4. barr0n thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2014

    Yes i lost my job, And the phone bill kept growing and growing to an amount i cannot afford, So i applied for another phone, And got accepted which is more manageable repayments
  5. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    I hope this time around you went prepaid!
  6. DMaki650, Jan 3, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2014

    DMaki650 macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    South Saint Paul, MN
    I was in the same boat, it sucks when you work and work and work and then loose a job and you look and look and look and yet some people just don't get it. I'm on a friends T-Mobile Family Plan, I pay just the $10 to maintain the line. That helps out alot. Stay strong, finding a job is a job in itself. :)

    What some people don't understand, is that while you may not have a job there are ways to get money. I was able to buy things and maintain my 5 line account on AT&T for 1 year while not having a job. SO before people get all nasty about it, THINK! There's no reason to get all pious about it.
  7. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    Changing the IMEI is illegal.

    Only way to clean the IMEI is pay the bill. If not, sell it with a bad IMEI. People buy them on ebay for parts all the time.

    And do you really need the 5S right now? Seems like a bad time, especially because you couldn't pay the 5 bill.
  8. NightStalker92 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2014
    I found an iPhone 5 at the mall in Louisiana, it is from AT&T what can I do with it. I found it this past January I just had it there, laying around it is blacklisted. What do I do?
  9. exizeo macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2014
    You should give it to the Apple Store, so it can be returned to its owner.


    It's a good thing to do, and also it's useless as **** to you. So....
  10. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    Does Apple do this? It is my understanding they do not.
  11. cebseb macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    I can confirm this. They do not. I tried doing that myself after finding out that the phone I got from craigslist was stolen. Apple has a strict hands off policy.
  12. exizeo macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2014
    In some cases, the device has been reunited with the owner. In most cases though, it will not be. Still worth a try, though, if it's not too much hassle, and the iPhone would have otherwise been useless anyways.
  13. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    Actually, as stated above, I believe it is a serious privacy breach for Apple to do anything like this, and their policy is to not take possession of the phone.
  14. veedubshafer macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2012
    When I was a kid we used to glue coins to the curb. When the bum walked by he would try to pick them off and it was hysterical. This kind of thing would be a good use for that phone.

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