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How to limit the risk when selling my phone

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How to limit the risk when selling my phone

I got a free device upgrade from my carrier, but I don't need it, my current phone works great for me. So I decided to sell this brand new phone on Kijiji.

Since the IMEI # of the new phone is recorded on my file with the carrier, if someone who bought it and did something illegal or generate a large phone bill, would it trace back to my account?
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If the buyer runs up a huge bill, the charges will go to the buyer.

The IMEI may have been recorded as being sold to you but that doesn't mean you are using the phone.
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The risk is all with the buyer.
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batcave wrote: The risk is all with the buyer.
Only one catch with the seller in this case. It's against ToS to sell the phone you have on subsidy, or to use the carrier's "deal" for financial gain. This means if the buyer happens to use the phone on the same network as the seller acquired the phone from, they can see that. Carrier could go as far as giving the subscriber notice that they'll no longer provide them service, with some time to port out or cancel, then pay off the remaining device(s) balance.

Of course as a one-off it's highly unlikely that the carrier will do anything about it, but to say the seller has absolutely no risk involved is a stretch.
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titaniumtux wrote: Only one catch with the seller in this case. It's against ToS to sell the phone you have on subsidy, or to use the carrier's "deal" for financial gain. This means if the buyer happens to use the phone on the same network as the seller acquired the phone from, they can see that. Carrier could go as far as giving the subscriber notice that they'll no longer provide them service, with some time to port out or cancel, then pay off the remaining device(s) balance.

Of course as a one-off it's highly unlikely that the carrier will do anything about it, but to say the seller has absolutely no risk involved is a stretch.
Ha ha so much fine print.

It's probably almost impossible to prove in a cash transaction.
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batcave wrote: Ha ha so much fine print.

It's probably almost impossible to prove in a cash transaction.
Almost impossible, yes.

A confession of the buyer could kill the deal.

We all gotta know the fine print, though!
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titaniumtux wrote: Almost impossible, yes.

A confession of the buyer could kill the deal.

We all gotta know the fine print, though!
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don't worry it happens all the time. If you go into cellular shops they regular encourage you (for those with multi phone accounts) to use the soonest available upgrade (even if its not tied to your number) and use it for your line. There's virutally no chance you would be liable for anything tied to your IMEI. worst case scenario say it was lost or stolen should anything arise.
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titaniumtux wrote: Only one catch with the seller in this case. It's against ToS to sell the phone you have on subsidy, or to use the carrier's "deal" for financial gain. This means if the buyer happens to use the phone on the same network as the seller acquired the phone from, they can see that. Carrier could go as far as giving the subscriber notice that they'll no longer provide them service, with some time to port out or cancel, then pay off the remaining device(s) balance.

Of course as a one-off it's highly unlikely that the carrier will do anything about it, but to say the seller has absolutely no risk involved is a stretch.
True and good to make OP aware, although I've never read a first hand account of that actually happening. It's fine print, but I wonder if the telecom companies actually care. As long as someone is paying the bills, the telecom companies seem content to ignore all the grey area stuff (out of province plans, Koodo loopholes, etc).
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Shaner wrote: True and good to make OP aware, although I've never read a first hand account of that actually happening. It's fine print, but I wonder if the telecom companies actually care. As long as someone is paying the bills, the telecom companies seem content to ignore all the grey area stuff (out of province plans, Koodo loopholes, etc).
It only matters once the carrier decides to do something about it 🤣 that's why I said it's good to be aware of it. Honestly very unlikely to happen as a one-off, but more frequent churners can end up in a tangle.
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Kind of off topic, but does anyone know if koodo phones now come unlocked or do I have to unlock them before selling the phone?
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xsomsicarius wrote: Kind of off topic, but does anyone know if koodo phones now come unlocked or do I have to unlock them before selling the phone?
They are unlocked now. This only started to become guaranteed last December. In the unlikely event that you get some old stock that shipped locked, they are required to provide you with the unlock code for free.

I don't know about the corporate stores, but I saw independent dealers at Wireless Wave and Loblaws' The Mobile Shop taking care of this unlocking procedure in December for customers. They were being mobbed!

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