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Phone blacklisted by bell for "fraudulent activation"

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Phone blacklisted by bell for "fraudulent activation"

I paid $$$ for a brand new google pixel off of craigslist in December. A month later, it was blacklisted by Bell due to a "fraudulent activation". I got the RCMP involved, and although they couldn't help, they told me that the seller had used a fake address when activating the account. Is Bell within its rights to blacklist the phone? What should I do?
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Sounds like you're screwed. Bell will never give you the exact details. Most likely what happened is someone got a new contract and didn't pay the bill. You can look up try those IMEI changing guys on kijiji and see if they can help.
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You bought from a scammer. This is why people should not buy phones from Kijiji or Craigslist. Just giving these scammers more money to screw over people's credits and caused you headaches.

You can try to replace the IMEI but that's illegal. Other than keeping it as a paperweight, you can sell it overseas at blacklist system is only in North America.
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frugalminimalist wrote:
Jan 21st, 2017 3:51 am
I paid $$$ for a brand new google pixel off of craigslist in December. A month later, it was blacklisted by Bell due to a "fraudulent activation". I got the RCMP involved, and although they couldn't help, they told me that the seller had used a fake address when activating the account. Is Bell within its rights to blacklist the phone? What should I do?
I can trade you a working phone for your blacklisted phone.

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There's not much you can do with a blacklisted phone other than re-sell it for parts or possibly use it overseas.
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Would a blacklisted phone need to be unlocked to work overseas ?
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frugalminimalist wrote:
Jan 21st, 2017 3:51 am
I paid $$$ for a brand new google pixel off of craigslist in December. A month later, it was blacklisted by Bell due to a "fraudulent activation". I got the RCMP involved, and although they couldn't help, they told me that the seller had used a fake address when activating the account. Is Bell within its rights to blacklist the phone? What should I do?
There are a couple of options:
1. Sell it overseas at a big discount
2. Use it without the SIM and it can only operate with Wifi around. Most people have wifi at home and office. Get the Fido deal ( $15 for 3 Gb a month with a free tablet), you can generate a wifi hotspot in your car. That covers most occasions (YMMV though).
I feel sorry for genuine buyers forking out money to scammers. But the Blacklist body is operated by the carriers with the key purpose of killing off the second hand used market. I personally do not see its rationale at all. If you have bought a TV, or any electronic device, there is no such hassle
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If the phone is blacklisted, I don't think it will connect to any cellular network.

Pixel phones are factory unlocked.
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Yes, Bell is within their rights to blacklist it unfortunately.
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audit13 wrote:
Jan 21st, 2017 10:17 am
If the phone is blacklisted, I don't think it will connect to any cellular network.

Pixel phones are factory unlocked.
I'm fairly certain phones black listed in Canada are only black listed within Canada. Providers around the world do not share their blacklisted IMEI's
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Blacklisted phones will not work in north America based on phones I worked with for other people, these include a nexus 5 that was purchased through T-Mobile and an s4 from AT&T.

As a test, a blacklisted in imei can be entered into swappa.com to check.
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audit13 wrote:
Jan 21st, 2017 10:17 am
If the phone is blacklisted, I don't think it will connect to any cellular network.

Pixel phones are factory unlocked.
It will connect to any network overseas, I have a blacklisted phone works perfect in Asia.

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audit13 wrote:
Jan 21st, 2017 10:50 am
Blacklisted phones will not work in north America based on phones I worked with for other people, these include a nexus 5 that was purchased through T-Mobile and an s4 from AT&T.

As a test, a blacklisted in imei can be entered into swappa.com to check.
Well, guess I was wrong then. I didn't think the US and Canada shared Thier blacklist.


IMO if the government has given corporations the ability to disable phones from Thier network they should also be forcing them to come up with a method where people can purchase phones without worry.

Even if that means sellers are required to purchase a package showing no liens against the phone like we do with vehicles.
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d1ulove3 wrote:
Jan 21st, 2017 10:51 am
It will connect to any network overseas, I have a blacklisted phone works perfect in Asia.
I was referring to a post about connecting the phone to a Fido tablet plan.

I know a blacklisted phone will not work in north America. I don't have first hand knowledge about overseas.
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audit13 wrote:
Jan 21st, 2017 10:50 am
Blacklisted phones will not work in north America based on phones I worked with for other people
No just Canada / USA
Places like Mexico, Cuba, Caribbean will happily use the device

Caribbean pays well for blacklisted phones
Koodo $40 Canada Wide + 8GB + 1000 Intl LD
Public $120 Province Wide + 12GB - $6 Autopay - $12 Loyalty - $45 Refer = $19 per Month
Freedom $35 ($37-BTS) North America Wide + 8GB + 1GB Roaming

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