iPhone 7(+) Is my old 7 Plus now a paperweight?

Swampbaby985

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I went to https://imei24.com/blacklist_check/ and put my IMEI number for my old AT&T iPhone 7 plus and it came back as clean.

However shortly after getting the phone I switched to Verizon and to an S7 edge. I did not pay this iPhone off (I know stupid) do I now own a$700 paperweight that can only be used on AT&T's network?
 

steelhauler34

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I would think yes. You are not using their service yet still have property that belongs to them. Lmao not sure how you could possibly expect any other outcome??

At you least you weren’t that person that sold the 7+ to some other unsuspecting individual while it still showed clean.
 

Swampbaby985

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I would think yes. You are not using their service yet still have property that belongs to them. Lmao not sure how you could possibly expect any other outcome??

At you least you weren’t that person that sold the 7+ to some other unsuspecting individual while it still showed clean.
Like I said I'm not trying to do anything shady nor anything illegal.
 

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I strongly suspect this is another thread headed to wasteland.

OP, you know it was stupid to not pay off, yet you are asking if the unpaid for device is a paperweight or could it be used on the network again.. and then you say you are not trying to do anything illegal. Why don't you speak to the network about it? Why would you not pay off the phone if you did not want to do anything illegal?

Also, I am at a loss to understand how exactly is the OP still in possession of a device that is not paid for.. wouldn't the network come to collect if the OP stopped paying, or am I getting this wrong?
 

Swampbaby985

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You said, "I did not pay this iPhone off (I know stupid)". Why did you think it was stupid to not pay off the iPhone?
Because I was young and stupid and didn't think it would get reported to the credit bureaus.
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So walking away from a debt/contract that you entered into is not shady and is a perfectly acceptable thing to do.
Like I said it was stupid of me
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I strongly suspect this is another thread headed to wasteland.

OP, you know it was stupid to not pay off, yet you are asking if the unpaid for device is a paperweight or could it be used on the network again.. and then you say you are not trying to do anything illegal. Why don't you speak to the network about it? Why would you not pay off the phone if you did not want to do anything illegal?

Also, I am at a loss to understand how exactly is the OP still in possession of a device that is not paid for.. wouldn't the network come to collect if the OP stopped paying, or am I getting this wrong?
AT&T never requested the device back. They just sent the bill
 
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I strongly suspect this is another thread headed to wasteland.

OP, you know it was stupid to not pay off, yet you are asking if the unpaid for device is a paperweight or could it be used on the network again.. and then you say you are not trying to do anything illegal. Why don't you speak to the network about it? Why would you not pay off the phone if you did not want to do anything illegal?

Also, I am at a loss to understand how exactly is the OP still in possession of a device that is not paid for.. wouldn't the network come to collect if the OP stopped paying, or am I getting this wrong?
Carriers do not personally go to people’s homes to collect phones. Personally I wouldn’t want to either because you never know who you’d run into and what kind of danger you’d be putting yourself in. At least with repossessing a car, someone doesn’t have to be present. Just tow and go, no attendance required.
 

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I strongly suspect this is another thread headed to wasteland.

OP, you know it was stupid to not pay off, yet you are asking if the unpaid for device is a paperweight or could it be used on the network again.. and then you say you are not trying to do anything illegal. Why don't you speak to the network about it? Why would you not pay off the phone if you did not want to do anything illegal?

Also, I am at a loss to understand how exactly is the OP still in possession of a device that is not paid for.. wouldn't the network come to collect if the OP stopped paying, or am I getting this wrong?
no way carrier would take it back even if you bring the phone to them. as far as they are concerned, after 30 days of first payment the sale is final, any non payment would be deemed as blacklist and send off to the collection agency.
 
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macintoshmac

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Carriers do not personally go to people’s homes to collect phones. Personally I wouldn’t want to either because you never know who you’d run into and what kind of danger you’d be putting yourself in. At least with repossessing a car, someone doesn’t have to be present. Just tow and go, no attendance required.
Ah yes, repossessing a car doesn't need physical presence, yes.
 

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I went to https://imei24.com/blacklist_check/ and put my IMEI number for my old AT&T iPhone 7 plus and it came back as clean.

However shortly after getting the phone I switched to Verizon and to an S7 edge. I did not pay this iPhone off (I know stupid) do I now own a$700 paperweight that can only be used on AT&T's network?
My advice would be to either pay off the debt or return the phone. You gave your word.. gotta make it right.
 

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Right now it’s a paper weight but if you pay it off you can have AT&T take it off their blacklist and either use it or sell it...
 

Swampbaby985

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no way carrier would take it back even if you bring the phone to them. as far as they are concerned, after 30 days of first payment the sale is final, any non payment would be deemed as blacklist and send off to the collection agency.
Then why did it show clean? That's what I don't understand.
 
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macintoshmac

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Then why did it show clean? That's what I don't understand.
Is the phone's status the most pressing thing on your mind? What is it you want to do? Do you want to use the phone without paying the balance due or do you want to pay the balance due and then you use the phone?

Right now, if it is coming clean, you have a chance to pay it up and keep using it with peace of mind. That device is still a wonderful device and will last many years.
 
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Swampbaby985

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if you havent paid it off and switched recently, chances are att havent flagged your device yet. it takes a month or two after you stop paying payment
Well the S7 Edge came out in 2016 and I have since been able to do an upgrade after opening that phone for two years on Verizon, and I upgraded the S7 to a Pixel 3.
 

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SMH, Just do the right thing. You signed an agreement with AT&T to pay off the phone. You will never dig your way out of debt and clean up your credit rating until you decide to do the right thing. Same applies to your medical bills. Bad credit will haunt you for the rest of your life. It’s not worth it.