what can someone do with a ime blocked stolen iphone?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by ashjamben, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. ashjamben macrumors 6502a

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    had my iphone stolen a couple of weeks ago, bad times.

    had it blocked with the ime number from my operator straight away, which they said blocked it completely from use.

    but just wondering, can they just jailbreak it and carry on using it?
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    They can jailbreak it and use it as an ipod touch. :D
     
  3. lavrishevo macrumors 68000

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    It is kind of a good thing you can't change the imei number on the 3G iphone. 2G running 1.1.4 you can hack it.
     
  4. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Actually, you can change the IMEI on a 2G and have it run 2.x as well -- it's just trickier.
     
  5. ashjamben thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    that's what i thought, didn't think they be able to use the phone feature again.

    nevermind, just gotta wait another year for an upgrade :rolleyes:
     
  6. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

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    I believe the IMEI block is just on the UK network, so if they send the phone abroad then it won't be blocked.

    I wouldn't stake my life on it but I believe that's the case.
     
  7. ashjamben thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, from what i've read the imei number is alerted as being stolen, so then when to connects to the operator its flagged and stolen and it can't be used. unless operators are international i would imagine it would work abroad
     
  8. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Is there such a thing as an "iPhone with a blocked IMEI? :confused:
     
  9. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    If your iPhone is stolen, you can have AT&T block the IMEI so that charges are not incurred to your account by the theif.

    And then the IMEI doesn't work on that network ever again, unless you manage to get it back.
     
  10. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Depends where they send it. Most (if not all) UK carriers share their blacklists with other EU carriers. From what I've heard, T-Mobile USA also uses the EU blacklist(s), although AT&T does not.

    There are doubtless some GSM carriers which do not utilize a shared blacklist, but most of the big ones likely do.
     
  11. bytethese macrumors 68030

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    Strange, when mine was stolen AT&T told me they couldn't block the IMEI. That was a year ago, have things changed?
     
  12. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

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    They can. Seems some CS reps choose to say they can't. Maybe it's too much hard work for them.
     
  13. DMoney0023 macrumors member

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    do they block imei on other phones, or just iPhones??
     
  14. bytethese macrumors 68030

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    Ugh, thanks man. Good to know. Should it happen again, I'll push the issue. :)
     
  15. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    All phones.
     
  16. gkarris macrumors 604

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    My understanding is that here in the USA, the carriers don't at all bother with blocking IMEI's....

    Too much work, and if it is blocked, then usually the theives end up sending it to a different country where the carriers there don't bother with blocking.
     
  17. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Last I heard T-Mobile did IMEI blocking/blacklisting, but AT&T didn't.
     
  18. Webb macrumors regular

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    NO They dont.
     
  19. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    M...hmm...
     
  20. Webb macrumors regular

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    Neither ATT& nor T-Mobile BLOCKS IMEI's.
     

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