It sucks to buy a used iPhone to save as much money as you can and end up with a Blacklisted IMEI.
Let’s see how someone can unblacklist or unlock a blacklisted iPhone and what to consider before getting any Blacklist Removal Service.
Updated on 11 June, 2020.
A Complete IMEI Unlock Check will reveal in a flash:
- 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 suppliers worldwide
The information you will get is necessary to successfully unlock/unblacklist a blacklisted iPhone. The examples below only apply 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 an insurance claim 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 called GSMA (or CEIR).
Each country has its own Blacklist IMEI database, and some of them even share them.
A typical example is the USΑ, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. According to many of our visitors, Colombia has recently joined forces.
What happens to a blacklisted IMEI?
You cannot use the device with any mobile network in the country where it has been blacklisted. Of course, the same is true for countries that share the same Blacklist database.
This restriction is further extended since the iPhone cannot be used with any mobile network worldwide unless it is simultaneously SIM Unlocked.
In this way, IMEI Blacklist databases prevent the use of any device, locally or globally, that is recorded on 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 markets. where we have no way to physically check if the iPhone is working.
IMEI Blacklist Check: How to identify if an iPhone got blacklisted
If you purchased a used iPhone and it has no signal no matter what SIM card you are using, there is a really good chance that it is blacklisted.
However, don’t rush into a desperate and reckless decision since “no service” may be due to an antenna failure
It is extremely important to check any used iPhone before you buy it and avoid this mess but if you already have a blacklisted iPhone in your possession then, an iPhone Blacklist Check is vital before proceeding with any IMEI Blacklist Removal or blacklisted IMEI iPhone Unlock service.
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 entirely on the results of your iPhone Blacklist Check results.
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.
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.
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, IMEI Blacklist removal is possible with third-party services. However, once again, they are 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.
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 IMEI info combination 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
The only way to find out all the above instantly and essentially if there is a solution is an
iPhone Blacklist Check