- 1 What is the Blacklist
- 2 Tools you can use to check if a Phone is blacklisted
- 3 Guide on How to unblacklist a Phone based on the IMEI Check results
- 4 Can you SIM Unlock a Blacklisted iPhone?
One of the worst thing that can happen to you when buying a refurbished iPhone without IMEI checking it first, is to purchase a blacklisted iPhone. Since you are searching how to unblacklist a phone (especially an iPhone), you are reading the right post because I will tell you everything about it.
It doesn’t matter if until now you thought that removing an iPhone from the blacklist is impossible. There are so many scammers out there with fake services.
What is the Blacklist
Everything started in Europe in 2004. Something had to be done with tracking down stolen mobiles and preventing thieves from using or selling them. The GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications) created the very first GSM database.
Canada created CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) database in 2013 and the USA joined in after a while, finally developing CTIA database (Cellular Telephone Industries Association) which integrated international blacklist databases.
Why an iPhone gets blacklisted
When an iPhone:
- is reported as lost or stolen to the Wireless Network by the original owner
- is acquired through fraud
- is flagged as replaced (due to an Insurance Claim or unauthorized hardware replacement)
- when the original owner doesn’t pay the contract bills
will become blacklisted and lose its CLEAN status.
Sometimes it may take a while before an iPhone gets blacklisted, but it will happen in the end.
What happens to a blacklisted Phone
As soon as the iPhone enters a country’s blacklist database, it won’t be activated on any national Cellular Network until it becomes CLEAN again.
At first, the iPhone was blacklisted only inside the national Blacklist Database of the Carrier’s country. Since 2013, more and more countries started sharing their blacklists (with USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico being the first ones) so nowadays, an iPhone can become blacklisted in multiple neighboring countries.
How blacklisting works
All cell phones are stored inside the GSMA Device Database (and other similar IMEI Databases like CTIA) with their IMEI number. Every phone has a unique 15 digit IMEI number, 8 digits are the TAC emanating to all mobile brand owners and the 7-digits are added by the original equipment manufacturers.
When a blacklisting reason occurs, the iPhone’s IMEI number will be put inside a Blacklist.
Tools you can use to check if a Phone is blacklisted
The only way to be 100% sure about an iPhone’s Blacklist status is the blacklist IMEI Check.
Essentially, an IMEI Blacklist check is only a part of an iPhone Full IMEI Check Service.
Certified IMEI Check providers have authorized access to IMEI Databases and deliver instantly and accurately the following info:
- SIM Lock Status
- SIM Blocking Cellular Network Identification
- Blacklist Status
- Why the iPhone was blacklisted
- Witch Carrier and inside what Country it was blacklisted
- iCloud Activation Lock Status
- Contract Status
- Financial Balance Status
- Warranty Status
- Replacement Status
- iPhone Specification
- Specific iPhone Unlocking Solutions for your iPhone
You won’t be able to unblacklist a Phone or at least Carrier unlock it without this data. Next time you will purchase a second-hand iPhone try using an IMEI Check service before you buy it. There is no way of getting scammed anymore in buying a faulty smartphone.
Guide on How to unblacklist a Phone based on the IMEI Check results
Depending on what you found out with the IMEI Checker there are specific iPhone Unlocking methods to use. So which are they?
1. How to unblacklist a Phone when there are pending contract bills
In this case, things might look easy but they aren’t. Just getting in touch with the Telecoms Network that barred the iPhone and finding out the exact amount of money owed by the previous owner in order to pay for it won’t happen.
I am not sure why Mobile Networks do this but unfortunately, a phone with unpaid bills can’t be unblacklisted with only one exception: Sprint USA Network.
If you own a Sprint iPhone with unpaid bills then there is a solution in the next paragraph.
2. How to unblacklist a Phone when it is stolen, lost or fraud
As I said from the beginning of this article, an iPhone will be extracted from the Blacklist only when the reason it was blacklisted no longer applies. This means that the original owner must report that the iPhone was found and I don’t believe this is an option for you.
You can always contact the Mobile Network and give the iPhone back to the original owner but on the other hand, someone scammed you into buying it.
Anyway, you can find many iPhone Blacklist Removal Software that promise to unblacklist any iPhone from any Carrier but unfortunately, this is not true.
Take for example this dude on this video. We are dealing with a pure scam because iPhones don’t get unlocked or unblacklisted with SIM Unlock codes.
We test all iPhone Unlocking Services on monthly basis and the only working Unblacklist iPhone services right now are specifically for T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint USA Mobile Networks.
Can you SIM Unlock a Blacklisted iPhone?
A few years ago an iPhone was blacklisted only inside one country. If you were able to network unlock a barred iPhone it would work everywhere except the country it was blacklisted. You could use this iPhone as a travel phone or sell it to another country as unlocked.
Now some nations share their blacklists and it is not sure where you will be able to use or sell a blacklisted iPhone as Unlocked (without scamming the person who will buy it).
Carrier Unlocking a blacklisted iPhone is possible and I suggest you reading this article to find out more and avoid using a SIM Unlocking Service before understanding the issues you might have.
I hope you found this article useful. Leave your comment below and tell me what you think about iPhone Unblacklist Tools? Which one did you use and what was the outcome? Or even better ask us a question to get personalized help.
Until next time, take care iPhone Unlockers!