Ok to provide IMEI to potential buyers when selling an iPhone?

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  1. rockitdog Suspended

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    I'm selling an iPhone 5s and am wondering if it's safe to give out the IMEI to potential buyers or not. I've heard that there are ways people can get your phone blacklisted or blocked if you provide that info, is this true?
     
  2. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    I guess that's true, why would they want it anyway? I sold a 5s $550 and the guy didn't ask for it.
     
  3. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    I suggest selling via Swappa. They have their system for checking IMEI, etc.
     
  4. rockitdog thread starter Suspended

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    The guy is claiming he doesn't want to drive all the way to see me to find out it's blacklisted but I just don't want to give it out if there's any risk involved at all.
     
  5. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    To check if the IMEI is blacklisted or something.
     
  6. rockitdog thread starter Suspended

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    I'm aware of swappa but I want to avoid PayPal and shipping if possible. Besides I think I can get more on CL the swappa based on what I'm seeing.
     
  7. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    Is there a way he can blacklist it?
     
  8. Globug macrumors 6502

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    He can't blacklist it but i believe he can ping it so that his phone shows your imei number if his phone is blacklisted. Essentially he would steal your IMEI number. I'm probably explaining it wrong but i wouldn't give it out.
     
  9. hockeyman94 macrumors regular

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    No he is just checking to see if its blacklisted or not nothing else.
     
  10. Globug macrumors 6502

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    I can tell you i want to check for blacklisting too and then just take the IMEI number. Run a check online yourself and just send him that info. Just black out the IMEI number.
     
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    How can that be stolen? Are we talking about cloning essentially? While possible it's against the law and requires a fair bit more than vast majority of people would really deal with or have access to.
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    Please explain how that is possible since its basically in the firmware of the phone.
     
  13. 2macarena macrumors newbie

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    I think it should be a usual practice to disclose the IMEI or send by request in your description details for the iPhone on eBay. So potential buyers can check and verify that it is locked/unlocked and to which carrier. It is not fair when someone buy a cheap phone and than discovers that it is not unlockable.
     
  14. roczero macrumors newbie

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    Just came across this situation selling a phone. While I agree the buyer should have the right to check, I still feel uncomfortable giving it out. I just use a website called imeiexchange dot com and they essentially hide the IMEI # while still verifying if the phone is blacklisted or compatible with the network for the buyer. Works great
     
  15. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    If the IMEI is hidden how does that prove that that's the phone in question and not some other (perhaps even random) device?
     
  16. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    I've sold a number of phones and never had an issue giving out the IMEI. I have also asked for a IMEI a number of times and no one has ever had an issue giving it too me. If you want to sell the phone give it to him.
     
  17. tvbi macrumors member

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    I always ask/give IMEI when buying/selling, not just for checking blacklist but also to see if the phone is being financed.
     
  18. hockeyman94 macrumors regular

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    There is no way he would steal your IMEI number. Back when there was flip phones you could easily use another rewrite an IMEI number but you can't anymore and is very illegal. Give him the IMEI number he just wants to make sure the phone is not blacklisted.
     
  19. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I don't see how it's possible. Same with the serial number of Macs. Some sellers refuse to give out the serial number because they are afraid that something might happen. All you can do with it is check the warranty status on Apple's website.
     
  20. se1000 macrumors 6502

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    I see this as the same as sharing a VIN when selling a car. Swappa is easiest, they do the legwork for the buyer and seller, Ebay is next up, if a buyer has a good rating and/or has completed the purchase, my opinion is that sharing the IMEI is fair. Craigslist is tougher since it's difficult to know if someone is serious or not.

    Has anyone ever had an issue with sharing an IMEI and had it cloned or blacklisted?
     
  21. roczero macrumors newbie

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    They just give you a reference number that is linked to the IMEI and the buyer will use the reference number to check. The results will also show what the phone brand and model is, so you could verify that to make sure it's the right phone.
     
  22. von franklin macrumors regular

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  23. roczero macrumors newbie

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    Swappa doesn't have traction outside the US. I'd rather sell on the local marketplace website
     

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