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What happens if your stolen phone gets activated?

by swbey90 / May 6, 2013 11:51 PM PDT

My phone got stolen last week. I just wanted to know does the serial numbers of phones get reported to other cell phone companies. I had an Sprint iPhone 5. They reported to my account but I know people can still change everything.

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Nope, you are SOL
by Pepe7 / May 7, 2013 12:51 AM PDT

Sorry to hear that.

Unfortunately, in the United States at least, there is no blacklist per se between carriers since we have the idiotic patchwork of networks/technologies. Too much of the 'wild west/we do it better than everyone else' mentality here to see the logic of having everything on one single system <sigh>.

OTOH, it's a hybrid device, being the Sprint/CDMA version of the iPhone. AFAIK Verizon won't allow it on their network, nor will Sprint if they don't change the device ID in a way that cloaks it from Sprint.

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Not exactly....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 7, 2013 1:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Nope, you are SOL

The US carriers have started to share "blacklists" of stolen devices.

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It's still in a trial phase, AFAIK
by Pepe7 / May 7, 2013 5:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Not exactly....

It's a voluntary industry initiative thus far w/ T-Mo & ATT sharing some (but not ALL) data according to what a friend in the FBI told me. And the CDMA folks aren't on board yet unfortunately ;(. Having iPhone with CDMA & GSM guts probably creates a bigger mess (LOL).


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