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Blocked iPhone’s IMEI ? Not a problem :(

In Apple device on 11/06/2010 at 3:10 PM

STORY:

As ex-iPhone owner and lost , i felt completely satisfy when service staff explained about blocked IMEI option. Ok so even i lost my iPhone, that bastard who stole my phone can only use it as an iPod Touch :)) and judge from iPhone community, there will be no ways to fix that wonderful protection ! An IMEI blocked iPhone will be useless in Australia for at least 2 years. YES !

WHAT I KNOW:

In case you don’t know about IMEI, please visit FAQAMTA website for more information. Here are some common answers i copied from them:

  • What is an IMEI number?

The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is an international identity number used to uniquely identify a mobile phone. The 15-digit IMEI number is an electronic fingerprint transmitted every time a phone is used, which reveals the identity of the mobile handset. They are independent of phone numbers and are usually stamped beneath the battery on the back of the handset

  • How can I find out my IMEI number?

Mobile phone users can also check their 15 digit IMEI number by dialling *#06# on their mobile handset

  • Where can I check the status of my handset to confirm whether it is blocked or unblocked?

You can check the status of your handset by going to the AMTA website for lost and stolen IMEI status queries

BUT ! YES, IT IS  BIG BUT !

The truth is these iPhones can still be used on everyday basic ! Why ? Because i once had a blocked iphone with full functions: calling, messaging…I bought it from eBay as a broken iPhone and intended to fix its smashed screen. After 2 hours  replacing its screen and hours restore, switch to DFU mode (Big thanks to my friend ‘s help), i got it worked :-). Eager to try out the new phone, i took my friend sim, plugged it in and voila normal calls and messages. I was so happy that i could fly up in the air 🙂 I got a bargain !

Soon my friend made me drop to the ground by checking its IMEI. “Your phone was currently blocked by…” WTF ? Why it still could call and message ? Thinking it took some time for mobile phone service to kick in, i leave it there for 2 hours. When i got my hand on the phone again, it still functioned normally 😦 However, when i restart it, the magic disappear 🙂 I spent my next day to experiment and figure it out that: The only reason why BLOCKED iPhone WORKED is i had used some kind of “sim-swapping” method when i quickly swap sim from normal working iPhone to my phone. As long as the signal did not run out or the iPhone did not suddenly restart, Blocked iPhone can be used normally. And i thought i could laugh at the one who stole my phone 😦

ENDING:

Luckily, the guy who sold the iPhone agreed to refund but now i got extra iPhone screen as a paper weight 😦  It seems that with every lock is created, there are always keys to unlock ! And with this simple trick i found, i can image underground market might have some kinds of “Unblocked device for iPhone” already 😦

For example a quick swapping sim slot that piggy back iPhone back case. When iPhone is blocked, you can simply switch on the device, pull out your sim, put it into swapping sim slot, wait for the green light then put it back and there you go ! 30 seconds at most. And to think that Apple iPhone is the most security smart phone 😦

Picture as illustrator only !

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