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May 30

What is a BAD IMEI Blocked or Blacklisted Phone? Will unlocking fix it?


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More often than not – we get the question “can you unlock my phone?”  from people with blocked or blacklisted phones.

Before answering that question, a few definitions.

Unlocking a Phone:  Phones in the USA are usually locked to carriers. AT&T phones can only be used on AT&T, Tmobile on Tmobile – unless you unlock them.  This allows you to use an AT&T phone with a Tmobile sim card and vice versa.  Although Bad IMEI phones can be unlocked, THIS DOES NOT FIX A BAD IMEI PHONE.

Blacklisted Phone - this is a phone which has been reported LOST OR STOLEN to the carrier.  The carrier will now Block the phone from being used on its towers, and it is essentially useless as a phone in the USA.

For example: You buy a tmobile phone from ebay, it works fine for 3 months and then stops.  You call tmobile, and they tell you the phone has been reported lost or stolen.  Its been BLACKLISTED.  As Tmobile shares their Blacklisted phone list with AT&T,  and AT&T shares their  list with Tmobile your phone will be Blocked from using their towers.  Since most sub carriers that use sim cards like straight talk, simple mobile, h20, Red Pocket, family mobile etc piggy back on either Tmobile or AT&T towers, you won’t be able to use any of these unless your BAD IMEI is remedied.

Blocked Phone – this is a phone which has an unpaid bill balance or, early termination fees were not paid on the contract .  This phone is barred from the carrier towers as well.   If it is an AT&T phone it cannot be used with AT&T, and more often than not even if it is unlocked,  you’ll be unable to use the phone on most carriers.

So Yes, Bad IMEI phones can be unlocked. We do it everyday. Once unlocked they can be used outside the usa without issue – but how much longer that will be the case is debatable.  Just remember, unlocking does not fix a bad IMEI or ESN situation.  

 

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Grace Ross

    Hi I have a blocked Iphone 5s due to nonpayment is there any way to fix it? I just bought it yesterday and didnt realized it was blacklisted :(

    1. admin

      No way to fix that to have it work in the usa

  2. Sylvester

    Hi,
    If I unblock a bad IMEI iphone 6 can I use that in another country?

    1. admin

      it completely depends on the carrier of whatever iphone 6 you are planning to buy or have purchased. Some can be unlocked, some cannot. Unlock prices for vary by carrier.

  3. Shannin

    I have a iPhone 6plus that is blacklisted through att. Is there anyway of me being able to use the phone or unlock it??

    1. admin

      The iphone 6+ can be unlocked, however that does not allow you to use the phone in the usa

  4. Heidi

    I have a t mobile iPhone 6 plus I bought it and now I find out its blacklisted because the person owed money on the phone is there any way to be able to use the phone or get it off the blacklist?

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment

  5. Tash

    I have a Samsung galaxy note 4 which had installment plan got it unlock before tmobile took my line for non payment can i use it on a different carrier like metropcs r h20

    1. admin

      You may be able to get it on another network – We do have H20 cards available – $40 monthly plan sim cards are on special now – $15.

  6. Jay

    Hi. I bought a T-Mobile LG G3 with a blacklisted imei. Is it possible to change to change the imei so the phone can be used with another carrier?

    1. admin

      email us at unlocka@mobilelizard.com for more info

  7. Shannon

    I purchased an ASUS Zen phone from someone on Craigslist. I put my SIM in it and tested it and it was working. Within the hour, it stopped working. I contacted AT&T and was told that the phone was from Walmart and was never activated which means it was more than likely stolen from the store. Unless I could produce a receipt (yeah right), the phone could not be used. Is there a way to get this phone cleared to use on AT&T?

    1. admin

      No, there is no way to clear an ASUS phone that has been blacklisted/reported lost or stolen

  8. jonathan

    i bought a iPhone 6 from someone (t mobil Carrie ) and i didn’t know it was black listed. is their any way i can unlock it

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment.

  9. Artem

    I have an iPhone 6 with telus are you able to unlock it

    1. admin

      Only if imei is clean.

  10. Young Tone

    hey I have a T Mobile Note4 and I found it being blacklisted and im in the us in California and im in need of a phone so how will I be able to use it?

    1. admin

      There is a remedy for the note 4 -email us at unlocka@mobilelizard.com for more info

  11. Kgab22

    If I bought a iPhone 6 and its blacklisted and its says that it’s blocked because it was lost or stolen can it be Unblacklisted

    1. admin

      There is no way to ‘un-blacklist’ a blocked or blacklisted iphone that we know of.

  12. luigie

    Hi i bought a Iphone 5s in eBay and its blacklisted in t-mobile. Can i use it in Philippines? Without having service problems?

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment.

  13. Jenn

    Hi I have a galaxy 4 that I paid for but my ex reported it stolen so it’s black listed. It’s from tmobile. Is there anything I can do?

    1. admin

      Yes there is – email us at unlock@mobilelizard.com

  14. Maria

    Will you be able to unblock my iphone 5s from tmobile due to no payments to use on other carriers?

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment

  15. Dave

    I have an ATT locked phone with a clean IMEI that I purchased from a second party on CL.
    ATT will not unlock it because it is associated with an account. I tried a unlock service and they could not unlock it.
    Can you unlock it to work with my Tmobile carrier?
    Thanks.

    1. admin

      Yes, we can unlock your ATT Clean imei iphone

  16. Christina

    My mom purchased an LG G4 . Less than 2 months ago when she was power of attorney for her brother. As of 2 weeks ago she was removed from power of attorney when he remarried and has now had phones turned off and IMEI number is reporting lost/stolen. Is there anything I can do to be able to use this phone on another carrier? I paid for the phone outright for my son in laws birthday but had service via Sprint.

    1. admin

      Its possible, given the circumstances you describe you’d have to decide if it was worth it to you to pay to have another carrier. As a sprint lost/stolen phone it carrier choices are limited, as are the services you will get . Try your local cell phone repair store or craigslist to see if anyone has services that may help you out.

  17. quang

    Hi, I want to know my iPhone 6 is unlock by tmobile, now I lost and tmobile insurance give me another one so lost phone will be lock by tmobile again, or that phone can use out side usa.thanks

    1. admin

      Any iphone that has been reported lost or stolen is relocked by the carrier. There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment.

  18. Ryan

    i bought a blacklisted iphone 6 that i believe was on tmobile then i think i was stolen ( i bought it not knowing it was stolen ) is there a solution to unblacklist it for full use on verizon. please contact me asap, thank you for your time.

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment.

  19. Gabriel Lucas

    I have an Iphone 5S tMobile locked. and i checked if the imei is clean and it showed me that i was reported to be lost or the first owner did not paid for the unit. If i unlock it, can i use it in the Philippines?

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment.

  20. N

    Hi,
    I bought LG G4 H811 on E Bay and I just found out that the phone is still financed. Can you open the device to be used out side of the US?

    1. admin

      hello, yes we can get it unlocked – head over to our unlocking site http://www.mobilelizard.com for your LG G4 unlock.

  21. Eli

    I had bough an iPhone 4 from Craigslist thinking i would get sprint but I didn’t so I ended up not using the phone so I sold my iphone 4 to a guy earlier and came back and told me sprint couldn’t accept it because it is locked and I checked the MEID number and said it wasn’t blacklisted and it was ready to be activated I called sprint to check if it is ready to be activated but they weren’t really meeting my needs, so I hung up and now I’m on this forum trying to get answers. I really wanna know if my iPhone 4 is locked where can I go to check ?

    1. admin

      The original carrier of any phone is the best place to check its true current status. if you cannot get help via their customer service, go into a store.

  22. Jay Wills

    I bought a t-mobile iphone 6 plus from some dude. A couple of months later it was blacklisted for T-mobile and Metro PCS. Is there a way to unblacklist the phone?

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment.

  23. prince

    Can you guys unlock my black listed iphone6 plus from o2???

    1. admin

      No – O2 is another carrier that does not unlock blacklisted or blocked phones

  24. Lind

    My phone says it’s blacklisted on tmobile and metro pcs , but it’s clean on Verizon and cricket , can I have my phone unlocked to cricket to use it

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment.

  25. Jodi

    I bought a Samsung galaxy s5 with bad imei that’s blacklisted to att network is there anything I can do to get it to work?

    1. admin

      email us at unlocka@mobilelizard.com for more info

  26. Sarah

    Hi I just bought a iphone 6 from an online page it’s sprint and it’s black listed is it possible to unlock and use it on at&t gophone in the USA

    1. admin

      hello – its possible to unlock the blacklisted sprint phone with us. It may no longer work in the usa however.

  27. Martha

    Can an Iphone 6 on the Verizon network be unlocked if it is blocked? I bought this phone on crigslist.

    1. Martha

      I checked the IMEI number and it said it’s blocked by at least one carrier, lost/stolen. and under activation it says this device can’t be activated, so does this mean I can’t use this phone ever?

      1. admin

        Email us at unlock@mobilelizard.com for a solution – we can fix your blacklisted verizon iphone 6

    2. admin

      Yes, we are able to clear blocked iphone 6 on Verizon. You’ll be able to use it once its clean.

  28. Edgar

    I have a iPhone 5c I call T-Mobile and they said my IMEI has Been block anyway i can unblock it for free or anything I can do to fix it.

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment.

  29. Anil

    H!, I bought two refurbished phones, Galaxy s6 (at&t) and LG G4 (sprint). they were sold to me as unlocked. Soon i found that both had bad IMEI/ESN. I braught them with me to India. Is there a way to use them in India with all functionalities?

    1. admin

      The Galaxy S6 AT&T can be unlocked and used in India. The LG G4 sprint however you’d have to find someone to manually unlock the gsm features of the phone.

  30. Marlon

    I recently got a Samsung s6 edge…it is blacklisted, can you unlock it for use in the Caribbean?

    1. admin

      It can be unlocked yes.

  31. luis pacheco

    Hey I bought a unlocked iPhone 6 for t mobile on ebay
    I tried to connect to metropcs but they said that it’s on a Bad list bcuz it’s a phone they kept when filing a insurance claim
    Is there anyway to unlock it ?

    1. admin

      There is no way to fix this at the moment – we are compiling a list to email folks when a fix becomes available. If you’d like to be added to the list for the blacklisted tmobile iphone 6 fix email us at unlock@mobilelizard.com

  32. Sawl_Good

    I bought a blocked T-Moblie iPhone 5s from the US. If I have it carrier unlocked (if possible on a blocked phone) will it be recognized as blacklisted in Canada?
    Thanks

    1. admin

      Since the new tmobile carrier agreement allows no charge roaming in mexico and canada its possible your us blocked tmobile iphone 5s may be blocked in canada as well. There is no way to even unlock this phone at the moment – we are compiling a list to email folks when a fix becomes available. If you’d like to be added to the list for the blacklisted tmobile iphone fix email us at unlock@mobilelizard.com

  33. LocalChicaMom

    Hello. I have a huge question, that might be better explained through a email and a long print out of the question. Lol

    But.. short.. My Galaxy S2 Sprint was stolen from my home. Back in Dec. 2014
    I believe I know who and the details of this are kinda out there.

    But If THEY Know It’s Black listed, (as of March 2015) and they Change the Imei number on the stolen phone, is there any way for the Sprint or other company to know that they new Imei number isn’t what came with the phone?

    I guess it’s a 2 oart. When I typed that first question out, it got me thinking . It was Stolen Just Past Dec 18, 2014 and By Jan 11th, I was done keeping my mouth shut and said I knew it was taken. (The phone was new as of Oct 25th, 2014. But was Not hooked on Services through Sprint as of Oct 27, 2014. / I went to a different company and wish I never left.) Anyways.

    If by chance from say Jan 2015 til March 2015 (3month) they had it hooked up to ANY type is company services and then I blasted it, the services would have gotten cut off, right? And would t the company that they was hooked to, have to turn that info in? How does that work?

    Also, if by chance this person is that dumb, cause they left my account signed in on Google and i got some tracking… (longer story in there… ) Google seems to be No Help at all and I wish I could walk into the office of Google and give them not only the the slap that Wil knock out the Stutter of myself, but maybe slap some common sense into them. About a few ideas. How is it, if it’s not done already, how is no one being able to, first take that IMEI number from day one, and somehow program towers to read them, and also somehow see the old and the new IMEI number as one whole and GPS/Track?
    To me it seems that some cell company’s aren’t to worried about the phones., ect.. it’s a write off I guess to rhem. But as a full time single mom of a not 15yr aon, and disability income… it’s caused a huge problem.

    I’d truly like to see this so called friend, have charges placed. . . *I’m in middle of looking for someone who can help me figure few things out, via Internet and this person having my account signed into the phone, made a new Google account for said self, and .. well… I’ll leave it at that.. Thanks…

    .

    1. admin

      Hello. Its almost a year since your phone was stolen, chances are if they managed to activate someplace else it no longer has the same imei and sprint no longer recognizes the phone.

  34. jairo

    Hello, I live in Colombia South America. I brought a iphone 6 from the USA it was with T-mobile. the phone everytime I reset it on the computer it says you phone is unlocked but when i go to used in the Colombian networks it works for 1-2 hours and then it says no service. The phone appears on the blacklist as lost or stolen. Can the phone IMEI be removed from the blacklist since it is already unlocked.
    Thank you

    1. admin

      There is no way to fix this at the moment – we are compiling a list to email folks when a fix becomes available. If you’d like to be added to the list for the blacklisted tmobile iphone 6 fix email us at unlock@mobilelizard.com

  35. renitzi

    Hi i bought a Iphone 6 in US and its blacklisted. Can i use it in Europe ? Romania? Without having service problems?

    1. admin

      Depends on what carrier – but if unlocked you should not have any issues in europe

  36. Tom

    I am buying I phones to send to friend in Thailand would like to unlock each do you have a way I can check via a website fee of course
    Tom

    1. admin

      Hello – yes just email us with make model and carrier information on each phone you’d like to unlock.

  37. Harold

    Hello, I came across a sprint note 4 and turned out to be blacklisted because it was lost… Is there any way to unblacklist it and and unlock it and use a different carrier in the U.S. like T-Mobile or AT&T?

    1. admin

      Blacklisted phones can be unlocked – however they usually will not work in the usa after unlocking.

  38. Fab

    HI I have a samsung s6 Is blacklisted you think I will work in south America colombia?

    1. admin

      The s6 should work, as long as it is unlocked.

  39. Justin

    Hey , I bought a note 4 on a pawn shop. But in really want it and it’s blacklisted bad imei. How can I unlock it from that ? Thanks a lot

    1. admin

      There is a remedy for the note 4 -email us at unlocka@mobilelizard.com for more info

  40. Yealeseh

    Hi, I bought a t-mobile iPhone 6s, used it for two months and thereafter it was blocked. Can I unlock this phone and use it in Africa?

    1. admin

      There is no unlock available for blacklisted or blocked tmobile iphones at the moment

  41. Alex

    Hi

    I have 1 iPhone 6 and 1 Note 4, both my T-Mobile. Both unlocked, but both with bad imei due to non payment. Will they work on Cricket?

    Thanks

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone of any kind at the moment. If the iphone has a bad imei its been relocked. There is a remedy for the note 4 -email us at unlocka@mobilelizard.com for more info

  42. wilnelia

    I have atat blacklisted phone worked fine a day or two and that’s it I’m mad they scammed me..

    1. admin

      ok. Its always tempting to try to save a bit of money with great prices for a phone – but it sometimes ends this way. You didn’t mention what the make or model of the phone is. Until you do we can’t guide you.

  43. AKOROBOY

    my iphone 6 was blacklisted imei or not found imei, please want to use it outside uk, is t-mobile locked,and can someone help on how to go about it?

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone of any kind at the moment.

  44. lisha

    I recently ordered a iPhone 5s off eBay with an blocked imei from T-Mobile, can my phone be used with other carriers such as simple mobile? If not can the phone be unlocked?

    1. admin

      There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment.

  45. Jesús

    Bro, i got an iPhone T-Mobile it’s seems blacklisted, i verified on imeidata.net. Can i use this phone in Mexico?

    1. admin

      1 -There is no way to unlock a blocked or blacklisted tmobile iphone at the moment. And 2 – probably couldn’t use it in mexico if it was unlocked even though it was blacklisted. tmobile now operates roaming in mexico.

  46. Michael

    I have a Verizon LG G4 with a blacklisted IMEI.. What I’m reading is there’s nothing that can be done here in the U.S? So can I sell it to somebody in another country?

    1. admin

      If the verizon phone is blacklisted – ie reported lost or stolen, it can be used under certain conditions. Email us for more info – unlock@mobilelizard.com

  47. Mike

    Hello i purchased a metroPCS phone and it’s blacklisted from Metro. if i unlock it can i use it with cricket wireless or do they share the same blacklisted database? Also is it blacklisted from AT&T and t-moblie as well? Thanks Mike

    1. admin

      Many carriers share the blacklist database. You won’t be able to use the phone on any major carrier.

  48. Jose

    I have an iPhone 6 plus that I bought off line worked for awhile but is now blocked for nonpayment with tmobile is there any way you can help please!

    1. admin

      Hello, its not possible to unlock these at the moment. We are keeping a list of folks who want to be notified when a fix comes out. Fixes come and go pretty quickly for these, but while they work its possible. You’ll just need to be at the head of the line.

  49. Leonardo

    Hello I bought an iPhone 6 locked to sprint for $350 on Craigslist. It turned out to be reported stolen and is blacklisted. Is there anyway I can unlock it to be use on metro pcs or cricket network? Will R-Sim work? Will I be able to use it on metro pcs or cricket network without any problem? Please help. Thanks

    1. admin

      Hello. Rsims haven’t worked since ios 8.3 got released. If its been blacklisted won’t be able to use it in the usa even if unlocked.

  50. Stormie

    I have a blocked xperia z anyway I can unblock it? Bought from offer up 4 days ago and stopped working today. Called T-Mobile and they said its blocked for non payment

    1. admin

      Xperia Z? only clean imei can be unlocked for sony xperia tmobile phones at the moment

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