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Old March 18th, 2013, 07:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I need your advice here.

When I first got my Galaxy SII, I posted a thread here in Android Forums ( Emergency Calls Only on Galaxy S2 ) stating my problem. It is factory unlocked to all carriers but one carrier is not working which is the carrier majority of my friends and obviously the whole Philippines use.

Well, since my phone can get a signal from SMART Communications and Sun Cellular and Globe Telecom cannot, I'm guessing this is a "GSM" phone. In Filipino terms, that is "Galing Sa Magnanakaw" which means "From a thief".

I am guessing that this is a robbed phone which is under contract on Globe Telecom and it's IMEI is blocked by National Telecommunication Commission as per the original user's request.

Back in December, I consulted a trusted mobile repair shop and I stated my problem, demonstrated and showed them. The regular guys cannot recognize the problem so they called their most skilled person to consult my problem. He said that the only solution is changing its IMEI. As the phone was still on warranty, I refused.

Not to long ago, I went back to the mobile repair shop and decided to change its IMEI even if I was still under warranty but the guy who consulted my phone was on his day off.

I don't know if this is a blessing in disguise as I do not want to change my IMEI for a certain reason.

1.) No one will buy my phone if they found out that the IMEI is different from the one you see when dialing *#06# and the one you see on the back of the phone.

Now, instead of changing it's IMEI, I was thinking of upgrading to the Galaxy S3 or the Note 3.

I really need your advice on this as I am really stuck here.

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Old March 18th, 2013, 08:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If it's a stolen phone and the IMEI has been blocked, your best bet would be to contact the authorities tbh. That is the only advice you'll find here with regards to that. Selling it will also be deemed a criminal offence as you'd be selling stolen goods.

I'd also point out changing an IMEI is illegal in most countries so I wouldn't recommend doing that either. We don't condone, nor will we give any information on how to assist you with that (although it sounds like you've said it's not an option anyway).

If you can, I'd definitely upgrade, both the Note 2 & SGS3 are more than worthy replacements for an SGS2.

Because your options are clear to me, I'm locking this thread. Any issues with that, please drop me a PM.
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