It sucks to buy a used iPhone to save as much money as you can and end up with a Blacklisted IMEI.
So, let’s see how someone can unblacklist or unlock the blacklisted iPhone and what to consider before getting any Blacklist removal service.
Updated on 14 Jan, 2020.
An IMEI Unblacklist Eligibility Check will the following (but not limited to):
- If your iPhone has a blacklisted IMEI or not
- If it is blacklisted, which network did it?
- For what reason?
- Which countries the iPhone is blacklisted in?
- If the iPhone is eligible for a Blacklist Removal service
- If there is a service available online through a network of 1500 IMEI Unblacklist suppliers worldwide
The information we will get from this IMEI Unblacklist Eligibility Check will be necessary to successfully unlock/unblacklist a blacklisted iPhone. The examples below only applies to specific mobile networks for specific blacklist reasons.
How an iPhone gets blacklisted
Back in 2003, Australia decided that something had to be done to address the growing cell phone theft in their country.
Because of this, the first Blacklist database was created. When the original owner reports to a mobile network that a phone has been stolen, this device can no longer be used within their country.
Because of this move, Europe, Canada, the United States, and soon all the other countries followed this process and also further developed it.
Today, every iPhone (and Android phone) has a unique IMEI number that contains all the device information.
If an iPhone:
- is reported as stolen or lost to a Carrier by the original owner
- is flagged as replaced by warranty or illegal hardware replacement
- is involved in fraud or other illegal activities
the IMEI of this device becomes “bad” and is added to a Blacklist database.
Each country has its own Blacklist IMEI database, and some of them even share them.
A typical example of this is the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Puerto Rico.
If you are wondering why I didn’t include outstanding financial balance as a blacklist reason, it’s because we consider this case as a Blocked iPhone.
What happens to a blacklisted IMEI?
This means that you cannot use the blacklisted device inside the country that it has blacklisted it. Also, the blacklisted device cannot be used with any mobile network unless it is “CLEAN”. At the same time, the iPhone will remain Blacklisted for countries that share its Blacklist database.
Thus, Blacklist databases prevent the use of any device whose IMEI is contained in them.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop a thief from selling a blacklisted iPhone to an unsuspecting buyer.
The problem gets even bigger as most of us make our purchases through online sellers. When we buy from online sellers, we have no way to physically check if the iPhone is perfectly working.
If you purchased a used iPhone and this iPhone has no signal the first time you use it or a few days after the purchase, this is then a good indication that the used iPhone may be part of the Blacklist database.
When this happens, don’t rush into a desperate and reckless decision. Let’s identify the problem and the many ways on how we can unlock the blacklisted iPhone.
IMEI Blacklist Check: How to identify if an iPhone got blacklisted
It is extremely important to check any used device before you buy it. In the case of an iPhone, an IMEI Check service would prevent you from a problematic purchase.
How to fix a Blacklisted IMEI
At last, we are ready to fix a blacklisted iPhone. There are two ways to deal with it and the option will depend enterely on the results of your IMEI Check service.
Option 1: SIM unlock Blacklisted iPhone
This option will only be applicable to you if you will use the iPhone other than the country that Blacklisted it. As I explained earlier, a Blacklisted iPhone cannot be used in the country where the IMEI was turned bad.
This means that if we remove the SIM lock from a blacklisted iPhone, then we can use it in other countries without any problems (Read more about how to unlock Under Contract & Active on another account iPhones).
This service is called a Premium IMEI Unlock (otherwise known as Premium Factory Unlock). This will be the ideal choice for someone who bought a blacklisted iPhone but lives in a different country than the one that blacklisted the iPhone.
Note: The Premium IMEI Unlock Service is only available to specific mobile networks.
Option 2: IMEI Blacklist Removal
The proper way to remove the Blacklisted status of an iPhone is to have the Blacklisting canceled by the original owner. At the same time, this is the only way to unblacklist an iPhone free of charge.
However, an IMEI Blacklist removal is possible with third-party services. Again, an IMEI Blacklist removal service is only available to specific mobile networks.
Please note that when an iPhone has been successfully unblacklisted, you can only use this iPhone to the locked network.
Of course, it is extremely easier (and cheaper) to unlock a clean iPhone.
What to do when your iPhone does not have a CLEAN IMEI
As you have already understood, there is no simple solution for a Blacklisted iPhone.
Only the right combination of information can lead to the desired results.
You will have to know at all costs:
- Which network has blacklisted the iPhone and why
- In which country
- If this country shares its Blacklist with its neighbors
- If the iPhone is also simlocked or not
- If you need Blacklist Removal or SIM Unlock or maybe both
- If the appropriate services are available