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Galaxy S2 blocked by T-Mo, can I root to unblock?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by E46M3, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. E46M3

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    I bought the phone off of craigslist and the guy who I bought it from apparently defaulted on his payments. Thus, T-Mo blocked the phone and now I can't use my GS2. what are my options, can I root to unblock?

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    have you tried switching out the sim card and activating a new account?
     
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    This would be the only thing that I could see that would cause that.

    If that's not the problem try installing a new ROM?
     
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    as far as I am aware, the account should be linked to the sim card and not the phone itself
     
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    I believe it is blocked by the phone's IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number and that is not dependent on the sim card. Unless some kind soul at T-Mobile takes pity on you I think you're screwed.

    I bought mine from someone on Craigslist about 3 months ago and I sometimes wonder if the same thing will happen to me. I did a lot of searching on the subject and they usually won't block unless the IMEI indicates a stolen phone or the previous owner didn't make even the first payment on the phone. I saw a news report recently that some major carriers weren't even blocking stolen phones. As long as the carrier isn't losing money do they care?

    I have read about people paying someone to change the IMEI number on the phone. Keep in mind that is illegal.
     
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    that's shitty that T-mobile would do that because it's not they guy who defaulted, or who stole the phone that suffers.. it's the honest person who is trying to get a good deal on a phone that loses in the end
     
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    Yeah it sucks and it seems to me they are shooting themselves in the foot. They might lose the money on the phone but at least they would be getting a monthly account signed up. They could still sue the person who owes them the money.
     

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