Can O2 brick my Iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kitch95, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. kitch95 macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2008
    Hi Guys,

    I have just purchased a 16gb iphone 3g of ebay. I also have a o2 sim in my current phone, I know that it should work because its o2 BUT it is a discounted contract that you have to send cash back every 4 months (£1 a month) and the o2 rep told me that o2 could brick my phone if I stick the sim in the iphone. Can they do that?

    Thanks, Harry
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    They can't brick your phone, they can deny you service but that's about it.
  3. aneks macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2006
    they can register your IMEI as disallowed and then u can never use it to make or recieve calls again !
  4. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
  5. kitch95 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2008
    Thanks for the quick replys, I will just jailbreak and unlock it and risk apple bricking it :D.
  6. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    they can disable your service... ie your sim will be funked [​IMG] but as for actually breaking the iPhone, they wouldnt do that and i dont think they could, your a paying customer!
  7. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

    May 16, 2006
    Indeed, in the UK there is a central registry of blacklisted IMEIs. All the carriers in the UK have signed on to this registry, and when one carrier adds an IMEI to the blacklist it filters down to all the other carriers automatically.

    If any carrier who's signed on to the blacklist detects a device with a blacklisted IMEI, it will deny that device access to their network, regardless of what customer is using the device, or what SIM is inserted in the device.

    The purpose of the blacklist is to report stolen hardware.

    In principle, the program is intended to be preventative: If everybody reports their stolen hardware, then all stolen hardware will be blacklisted, thereby rendering them useless to whoever steals the device, thus minimizing the potential payoff to the potential criminal, so they'll be less likely to commit the crime in the first place.

    In practise, it is often possible for criminals to bypass the effects of the blacklist by either hacking the stolen phone to modify the IMEI, or else by exporting the stolen phone to a different market where they don't enforce the blacklist.

    The IMEI blacklist was only ever intended to be used when hardware theft is an issue. It was never intended to be used by the carrier as a punitive measure against a customer (unless that customer had actually stolen equipment that still belongs to the carrier, and even then, only to blacklist the specific stolen equipment in question). But an unscrupulous carrier could hypothetically abuse the system to apply it in ways that were not originally intended.

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