Imei blacklist question

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  1. Paperpusher34 macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking at buying a phone of craigslist. 6s 64gb unlocked, if it is unlocked does that mean it can't be imei blacklisted after I buy it? Do companies unlock phones for people still under contract?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    No, it simply means it can be used on other carrier networks.
     
  3. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    First, ask the seller for the IMEI, so you can run the number through an IMEI checker. That will tell you if the phone is in good standing now.

    Then ask the seller which carrier they used it on, and ask to meet them at that store. There you can confirm that the phone is no longer under contract (requiring monthly payments) and won't be blacklisted in the future.
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No.
    An unlocked iPhone can get blacklisted for many reasons.
    And yes companies do unlock iPhones that are under contract and also imei unlock sellers can unlock iPhones for a fee.
    Be extra careful when purchasing used off CL.
     
  5. snow755 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed I would used swappa if you want to buy is used iPhone
     
  6. TAJones99 macrumors member

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    I just got a iPhone 6s Plus 64 gig off CL and the guy gave the paid in full receipt, it's only 3 months old and works great. $450
     
  7. Beenblacklisted macrumors 6502

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    A iphone that gets unlocked, may get blacklisted 30, 60 , or even 90 days after. this is determined by how the contract was ended, and how the etf fee was handled. Even if you get the imei and check the websites for a status it may still get blacklisted.
     
  8. 617aircav Suspended

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    Same thing can happen on swappa. Best ask the seller to show a receipt or verify phone status at carrier store. Warning. Do not buy a T-Mobile phone. They are carrier that are known to blacklist phones the most.
     
  9. 617aircav Suspended

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    That's a wonderful deal.
     
  10. TAJones99 macrumors member

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    He was just trying Apple and didn't like it
     

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