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darlicious
Mayor / Maire

Re: My phone suddenly stopped calling and texting completely

@HALIMACS 

A blacklisted phone will stop working the moment they flip the switch. It's very common for a fraudster to acquire a new phone or a stolen one....sell it and then either the theft victim (shortly after the loss)or a provider once payment has not been recieved after a couple of months to then have the phone blacklisted. Alternatively a fraudulent insurance claim will allow the insurer to also blacklist the phone. The latter two can take months even up to a year to occur.

HALIMACS
Mayor / Maire

Re: My phone suddenly stopped calling and texting completely

@darlicious @hTideGnow 

 

Good replies - thank you.

 

@zenanarchy , so is the phone blacklisted?

 

zenanarchy
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: My phone suddenly stopped calling and texting completely

I just checked and the website says that my phone is blacklisted. Is there any way to reverse that, or is it permanent?

darlicious
Mayor / Maire

Re: My phone suddenly stopped calling and texting completely

@zenanarchy 

Bummer....it all depends how and who you acquired the phone from but it doesn't look good from this standpoint.

HALIMACS
Mayor / Maire

Re: My phone suddenly stopped calling and texting completely

@zenanarchy 

 

I would start with the person or organization/company where you got the device from.

hTideGnow
Mayor / Maire

Re: My phone suddenly stopped calling and texting completely

@zenanarchy   how you got your phone?

gpixel4
Mayor / Maire

Re: My phone suddenly stopped calling and texting completely

@zenanarchy if you live in b.c. there is someone purchasing blacklisted phones

hTideGnow
Mayor / Maire

Re: My phone suddenly stopped calling and texting completely

So, it is  the 2nd case in the same week, I hope this is not a new trend after Simjack.

darlicious
Mayor / Maire

Re: My phone suddenly stopped calling and texting completely

@hTideGnow 

Unlikely.....private sales of cell phones has always carried the same amount of risk. Risk assessment is key but the most clever of scammers can fool the most cautionary of buyers. It is always YMMV and buyer beware.

RosieR
Mayor / Maire

Re: My phone suddenly stopped calling and texting completely


@zenanarchy wrote:

I just checked and the website says that my phone is blacklisted. Is there any way to reverse that, or is it permanent?


@zenanarchy sorry to hear that your phone is blacklisted.  You said that the phone was working before.  This could mean that the owner just reported it lost or stolen.  Where did you get that phone.  Who sold it to you?

 

Unfortunately, only the individual who first reported the phone lost or stolen may get it removed from the blacklist. If you’re able to get in touch with the person who owned the device previously and they’re willing to do that, then you should be able to get the phone activated with no further problems. However, keep in mind that what’s more likely is they’ll want to reclaim their property, leaving you with nothing.

 

If it is too much of a headache, just buy a new phone or a used one from reputable dealers.  Check out Public Mobile Certified Pre-owned Phones

 

Best wishes

 

RosieR

 

 

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