hi, i purchaed this samsung s2 from craigslist after a month my imei is blocked from tmobile
It is quite possible you bought a lost or stolen phone. When this happens, if the owner reports it lost or stolen, t-mobile can disable the phone using the imei #. It will not work again on the network as it currently is. Rooting it may do the trick, but I am unable to answer that.
You are basically screwed. I bought my phone from someone on Craigslist and did a lot of research on IMEI blocking. Most carriers won't block it unless it is reported stolen or the person that got it from T-Mobile did not make even the first payment on it.
A lot of times in the past they wouldn't even block if it was stolen. There were some news reports about it and the big carriers got together and agreed to start blocking IMEI's. From what I understand you cannot even check the IMEI of a phone before you buy it unless the previous account owner personally requests it.
Sorry you got ripped off. There are methods around blocked IMEI's but they are illegal. Rooting won't affect your IMEI number so that would not help. If you know the guy that sold you the phone you can try a claim against him in court if he won't give your money back.
Yeah if you can't get your money back just put it on Ebay for parts or repair and will probably get back like 175 for it and buy something else.
If unlocked you also can sell it for use on AT&T.
gramps28 wrote: If unlocked you also can sell it for use on AT&T.
I'm not sure if that is still possible if I understand this corectly,
All major US carriers agree to build a database
If I understand, they would all be blocking from this database if the phone is stolen.
As of now I don't think AT&T has access to Tmobile's blacklist.
I've read a few post on this board and Howard's Forum that was
what a lot of posters were doing.
Can you flash a blocked phone to something like Cricket?
I think that is for CDMA phones.
If Cricket was a GSM carrier the phone
would just have to be unlocked.
I found this link.
atma wrote: Can you flash a blocked phone to something like Cricket?
Tmobile still won't block IMEIs on stolen phones. Just had it happen, wife's phone stolen and they refuse to block the IMEI on their network. They say the company policy is to not block IMEIs on lost or stolen phones. *W*T*F*.
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