Is there any truth a lien'd cell's IMEI will be blacklisted if the user is delinquent on his/her contractual payments? How about if they are stolen from the store? I'm assuming many of these sealed boxes are HUPs, but you never know, and it's not like you can pop a SIM in them to test.
In the past stolen cells off users are not blacklisted because carriers can still profit from them, they'll just suspend the user's account so no new charges accumulate. And users who are delinquent, the same, the account is suspended and interest accumulates but the phone is left alone.
What is the current status quo on this? Anybody know?
1. Stolen phone from user = ?
2. Stolen phone from store = ?
3. Subsidized phone sold to new owner = ?