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I had an iPhone stolen and I reported it to AT&T, I am assuming this means the SIM has been disabled. If someone finds it, will they be able to put in a new SIM, if they have AT&T and will I be notified or will they be stopped from activating? I'm not sure if AT&T can do anything about preventing future use of my phone. I don't mind, as long as it isn't on my line.

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bbshotgun wrote:

I had an iPhone stolen and I reported it to AT&T, I am assuming this means the SIM has been disabled. If someone finds it, will they be able to put in a new SIM, if they have AT&T and will I be notified or will they be stopped from activating? I'm not sure if AT&T can do anything about preventing future use of my phone. I don't mind, as long as it isn't on my line.


Your sim should have been deactivated and no ATT will not stop someone else from using it with their own SIM.

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bbshotgun wrote:

I had an iPhone stolen and I reported it to AT&T, I am assuming this means the SIM has been disabled. If someone finds it, will they be able to put in a new SIM, if they have AT&T and will I be notified or will they be stopped from activating? I'm not sure if AT&T can do anything about preventing future use of my phone. I don't mind, as long as it isn't on my line.


Your sim should have been deactivated and no ATT will not stop someone else from using it with their own SIM.

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Any particular reason why? I assume its due to my own stupidity it was stolen and therefore remains available for use. I mean if your car is stolen you don't blame BMW. I know there aren't blacklists and I also assume its for the same reason.

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Oct 24, 2011
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but you cant take a REPORTED stolen BMW into a dealer and ask for the services that AT&T will offer on a stolen phone. Not only offer, but HAPPY to get a new customer.

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Oct 24, 2011
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So BMW dealers, and car repair places in general, actually check the VIN of every car that comes in for service against a stolen car database?

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There is no uniform blacklist for GSM phones in place in America. That's why. Unless the FCC mandates that the cell phone companies start doing this, I don't predict it'll happen. Also, the carriers over in the UK didn't do such a great job with IMEI blacklisting, so I believe the British police force now handles the task.

 


bbshotgun wrote:
Any particular reason why? I assume its due to my own stupidity it was stolen and therefore remains available for use. I mean if your car is stolen you don't blame BMW. I know there aren't blacklists and I also assume its for the same reason.



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BadBadLeroyBrown wrote:

There is no uniform blacklist for GSM phones in place in America. That's why. Unless the FCC mandates that the cell phone companies start doing this, I don't predict it'll happen. Also, the carriers over in the UK didn't do such a great job with IMEI blacklisting, so I believe the British police force now handles the task.

 


bbshotgun wrote:
Any particular reason why? I assume its due to my own stupidity it was stolen and therefore remains available for use. I mean if your car is stolen you don't blame BMW. I know there aren't blacklists and I also assume its for the same reason.


 


they do, but it still does not stop it, the phone can be shipped to another country in europe and activated with no problems, then ther is the cloning techniques that are available if you know where to look that will allow the phone to be activated with no issues. Blacklists and blocks don;t work very well either, there will always be a way around it. There is a huge market in Europe for stolen / lost phones

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I'm not sure about that because my son bought a phone from a friend of his and when he put his SIM card in it, it quit working.  When I called AT&T about it they said there was a problem with the IMEI number on phone and couldn't activate it until we could fax copy of receipt or other proof of where the phone came from.  He actually took phone back to his friend, I don't know where the friend got the phone but I do know AT&T wouldn't activate it at all.

 

It was not a iphone either it was actually a cheap phone, I  do believe if you reported it they match the IMEI number on the phone before activating.

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NOT SO!  I got the word from the local ATT store, and then verified with the 1-800-331-500 that anybody take a stolen Phone into a California ATT store and start up an account on the stolen phone, even while the original customer is paying the contract on the stolen phone.  There's nothing to stop them.  In fact. it seems to be encouraged.  The ATT customer service people are sorry, they understand, but that's just what the company policy insists on.

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Confirmed again with a customer supervisor named Mika {Personal content removed for safety}  ATT will set up accounts for stolen phones, no problem.  I don't think he sees anything wrong with it.  At least the others agreed it was wrong. 

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Here in the UK networks have the IMEI Numbers so are able to block phones when stolen etc

would of assumed networks in the US were the same

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Kerry78 wrote:

Here in the UK networks have the IMEI Numbers so are able to block phones when stolen etc

would of assumed networks in the US were the same


only in your same country, the phone can be transported to the next country over and be used, not to mention the ramaprt cloning that is available. Dones;t work well over in europe either

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Kerry78 wrote:

Here in the UK networks have the IMEI Numbers so are able to block phones when stolen etc

would of assumed networks in the US were the same


It's not.  Some European countries have laws requiring phones to be unlocked.  The US does not, and unless there is a law or some other compelling reason to force the companies to unlock the phones, they won't.

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once a phone is reported lost stolen it becomes barred on all networks
overhere if that case they sell them on ebay cos they will work in the US I keep seeing alot of this on eBay

ive never lost my phone or had it stolen though touchwood!

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Kerry78 wrote:
once a phone is reported lost stolen it becomes barred on all networks
overhere if that case they sell them on ebay cos they will work in the US I keep seeing alot of this on eBay

ive never lost my phone or had it stolen though touchwood!


not sure where you are getting your information, but you might just want to review the sources. They are incorrect.

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there tptally correct have you never been on flebay seen a Blocked phone in the UK sold as barred here and will ship abroad?

maybe the US is different for barring mobiles then?
meaning the IMEI isnt blocked? they sure are here Mate!

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The only IMEIs that are blocked are not GSM, they are CDMA. AT&T has never blacklisted an IMEI, thus the reason for so many stolen smartphones.
Verizon will blacklist an IMEI. not AT&T.
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lol I would hope ATT would deliver that eventually then
especially in todays climate!

I think it helps alot but the phone can just be sold onto another country
and it will work there which suxx really

but it gives the owner the happyiness who'ever
took it then it wont work afterward lol

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People have been complaining about AT&T not blacklisting IMEIs for years, especially after the first iPhone was released over 4 years ago and they became hot targets for theft. Today's climate isn't much different than it has been in the past few years, so it seems unlikely that there is a sudden change coming. Unless the federal government passes a law requiring cell phone companies to blacklist IMEIs (like in many foreign countries), it seems a unlike that AT&T will suddenly see the light and do it on their own.

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dwill05 wrote:
People have been complaining about AT&T not blacklisting IMEIs for years, especially after the first iPhone was released over 4 years ago and they became hot targets for theft. Today's climate isn't much different than it has been in the past few years, so it seems unlikely that there is a sudden change coming. Unless the federal government passes a law requiring cell phone companies to blacklist IMEIs (like in many foreign countries), it seems a unlike that AT&T will suddenly see the light and do it on their own.


Blacklisting in Europe does nothing, it only prevents the phone from being used in the country it was black listed in, the phone can be shipped or sold out of country and activated with no problem

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