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People buying blacklisted samsung/iphones?

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YYZviaYUL wrote:
Nov 7th, 2017 4:20 pm
Sending it abroad. The Blacklist only affects North American carriers right now.
What about people that are buying blacklisted phones from abroad? Are they sending it over here to North America?
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blitzforce wrote:
Nov 7th, 2017 4:22 pm
What about people that are buying blacklisted phones from abroad? Are they sending it over here to North America?
I've not heard about that. I'll have to look into it. Perhaps, they are sending it to NA.
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I think the black list is unique to North America. I doubt they black list phones anywhere else. Most of the world is on prepaid.
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To change the IMEI and resell it.
I bought an S7 on eBay and I checked the IMEI...it belonged to some low end burner Samsung phone. Ended up returning it...
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zivan56 wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 12:20 am
To change the IMEI and resell it.
I bought an S7 on eBay and I checked the IMEI...it belonged to some low end burner Samsung phone. Ended up returning it...
If IMEI has been changed, can it still be used?
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most of them just send it overseas.
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blitzforce wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 1:43 pm
If IMEI has been changed, can it still be used?
yep, which is why you change it but if the new IMEI gets blacklisted then you're SOL
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hvwozq wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 10:24 pm
:facepalm: Just change it again.
:facepalm: unless you're doing the work yourself you'd have to pay again to clone a new IMEI so yeah: SOL...
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They're also useful to part out. It's cheaper in some cases to buy a working phone with a blacklisted IMEI, do a motherboard swap with a broken screen phone of the same model, then sell the phone with a replaced motherboard.

On the blacklist: It's distinctly North American. Sending the phones to Asia would circumvent the ban.
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I'm surprised other NATO countries such as Europe have not joined the blacklist program.

Aside sending the phone overseas, it can be an inexpensive way to try out the phone (maybe a startup would like lower entry costs to review phones without getting them from carrier at the expense of their credit rating), maybe you have really good wifi only use for a flagship phone. Maybe it's for your own use on overseas trips as a burner travel phone.
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crayonhead wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 3:25 am
They're also useful to part out. It's cheaper in some cases to buy a working phone with a blacklisted IMEI, do a motherboard swap with a broken screen phone of the same model, then sell the phone with a replaced motherboard.

On the blacklist: It's distinctly North American. Sending the phones to Asia would circumvent the ban.
If I buy a blacklisted phone from Asia, do you think it will work here in North America? Winking FaceWinking Face

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