- Reported as lost or stolen
- Associated with a delinquent account (late or no payments)
- Used for any illegal activity
The original network provider has the ability to flag the device as “blacklisted, barred, or blocked”. This is done by adding the device’s unique identifier or IMEI to a database that tracks cell phones that should not be unlocked until the related problem has been resolved.
Scenario #2: You have an iPhone and you’re not sure if it’s SIM locked, unlocked, or blacklisted. Not only that, you’re not even sure which network is was used on.
IMEI Check Service Results
Happily, there is a solution for both scenarios: a Remote IMEI Check Service. For a fee, you can submit the cell phone’s IMEI to a website and within minutes have a very detailed reply regarding the status of the device. The information received will often look something like this (results courtesy of HangUnlock) :
Not All IMEI Check Services are the Same
Sometimes all you need to know is the network the cell phone is SIM locked to. This will allow you to choose the appropriate unlocking service particular to your device. This is a big deal as the price difference can be huge, depending on the network. For example, unlocking a “clean” iPhone locked to the AT&T network may cost $0.25 from your Provider. However, the T-Mobile Austria iPhone unlock costs @$100.00.
There used to be a ton of free websites out there that would allow you to see the locked/unlocked status of your cell phone as well as the network it’s locked to. Many of those websites no longer exist or they mask important portions of the results in order for you to pay to see the full status.
Where are the Cheap IMEI Check Services?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had one place to go to find and compare IMEI checking services in order to choose the cheapest?
Here you go (Displayed wholesale prices are for resellers, see description after the chart):
What to do for Single Orders?
Single orders may be placed with the Direct Wholesale Suppliers listed above. However, it may be necessary to credit your account with them ahead of time. Usually the required, non-refundable credit can be anywhere between $10-$20. Your account remains credited until it’s depleted by placing additional orders with the Supplier.
There is a possibility that the unlock Supplier may operate a retail website for one-time, single orders. Just send them a message inquiring if they have a retail website to avoid creating a reseller account with them, if that is your desire.
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