[Resolved] How to find out if a phone is stolen (bad ESN/IMEI)
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?
Last edited by marctronixx; September 15th, 2013 at 12:50 PM.
Reason: Edited for content
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I don't think there is a database that lists stolen devices, what I do know is that just by putting your sim in doesn't mean that the phone is not stolen. I bought a Sony in the UK and it worked for 7 days before Orange UK remotely shut it down. Go with your gut. Beware!
Usually carrier blocks IMEI. So if it's stolen in USA, it will not work in USA, but you should be fine anywhere else in the world.
I purchased One X last year in UK and it stopped working after 2 weeks, I've spoken with o2 and they confirmed that IMEI is blocked, it was insurance fraud or something, but anyway I left UK permanently and soon as I left UK and crossed to France it was working fine and it's working well in Lithuania and other countries.
What should I do if the One I bought from eBay has a bad IMEI?
I felt rather proud of myself this afternoon as I snagged a 64 GB HTC One for a nice price. The seller specified that the IMEI number had not been verified, but the seller has positive feedback after thousands of transactions so I bought it without too much thought.
However, because I bought it off of eBay, I'm remaining optimistically cautious. If it DOES have a bad IMEI, is there any way I can still use the phone for AT&T? I heard flashing a new ROM to it would fix it. Is this true?
Or will I just have to sell it as an international phone and recoup my losses?
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Yes and if u are near philly or new york you have to be careful of which device you buy from eBay you can check to see if its a problem aka blacklisted its a web site . now if its cool as said from another good known member rxpert said no ROM will change any imei that is program into the ril aka radio of the device its like a name you and I have its just a number that identified the device . but give me a few and I post that web site for blacklisted or you can call and see and at that time you can return to eBay user for a full refund
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