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Old September 15th, 2013, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default [Resolved] How to find out if a phone is stolen (bad ESN/IMEI)

Hi everybody!
I am on vacation in New York for the first time (im from belgium) and i was looking around for an unlocked htc one phone since they are cheaper in the USA than in Europe.

I found a small electronics store on 8th avenue that sells it for $460, telling me its on sale. Seems kinda dodgy to me since HTC sells the phone unlocked on their website for $599.
Is there a way to find out if it has been reported stolen or if it is a refurbished one? If i test the phone by putting my belgian gsm simcard in it and it works, is it possible that it would get locked at a later point?

followup question while i'm at it... i found other shops selling the at&t and t-mobile locked versions cheaper than the unlocked ones. is there any difference in the software on the phones or can i buy one of those, unlock m and have exactly the same phone as the unlocked one HTC sells on their website?
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