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My phone got stolen from my pocket. I have had it blacklisted with apple but is it possible for them to unlock it and have it taken off the blacklist database for sure. I can see a lot of sites cl…
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
My phone got stolen from my pocket. I have had it blacklisted with apple but is it possible for them to unlock it and have it taken off the blacklist database for sure.

I can see a lot of sites claiming this can be done easily. Is this true?
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Yes, it's possible but it's illegal. I believe it requires somebody with correct software and a data cable changing the phone's IMEI.
#2
If I select "track my iphone" on icloud and it doesn't locate - does it mean the device hasn't been turned on?

I hate thieves.... I have some very important pictures I didn't save as I was too busy taking care of my newborn. All of my photos have gone :(
#3
I can't answer that question. From my limited experience with this type of thing, it either hasn't been turned on (which is the most likely) or the IMEI has already been changed, but I would wager it's the former. Screw the phone, sorry about the personal data - was your photograpgs backed up automatically on iCloud, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft Azure or anything? The only solace you could take from it is that you're alive and safe, and your newborn has a father/mother. What about Facebook/WhatsApp/IG/iMessage, did you send any photos to your friends which they can forward back to you?
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[quote=ShaunR]I can't answer that question. From my limited experience with this type of thing, it either hasn't been turned on (which is the most likely) or the IMEI has already been changed, but I would wager it's the former. Screw the phone, sorry about the personal data - was your photograpgs backed up automatically on iCloud, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft Azure or anything? The only solace you could take from it is that you're alive and safe, and your newborn has a father/mother. What about Facebook/WhatsApp/IG/iMessage, did you send any photos to your friends which they can forward back to you?[/quote

To be honest it was quite traumatic and I am thankful my baby is safe. It could have been so horrible. I'm not bothered about the phone but I don't want the thief to be able to view my personal data/photos etc. I can't see the police doing anything because from the conversations I have had with them they have said we get thousands of reports a day. My baby is 3 months old and have been too busy being a mother and catching up on sleep so I didn't back up. Well, its a lesson learnt not to go shopping in the Trafford centre when its busy because the CCTV is useless.
#5
Last time I read up on this, what they do is unlock phone to all networks and the block on imei is only
in country it was reported lost/stolen, not worldwide.

So a phone blocked in UK on O2 could be used in Greece on Orange etc.
#6
If you had iOS 8 and find my iPhone enabled this cannot be removed. Keep checking as soon as it is turned it will show on the app.
#7
Sorry to hear about your phone, more importantly your photos! Next phone you get make sure you have something that backs pictures up. I use dropbox, whenever a picture is taken it goes straight to dropbox.
#8
its the sim card that you have to worry about as sometimes when they get the phone they remove the sim and put it in another phone and ring up 0905 numbers which can be ££££'s a min , there is a way you can have the sim card connected to just one phone by asking your provider for the sim lock code then activate via your phone
I know not much help now but might help for next time as a £400 phone loss could be cheap compared to a phone bill for £1000's
#9
I was pick pocketed 3 weeks ago...its not a nice experience atall. . I too lost thousands of pics.. All my son's pics as a baby... The man who stole mine.. doesn't even live in the UK. . Yet police know who he is.. He is now out of the country ..and they are waiting for him to come bak in....so wether they take them bak to their country and can use them like fast eddy has said above ... or chances are they sell them here... normally the market men that unlock phones buy blocked phones too ..so who knows.. like u say at least u and your child was unharmed that's all that really matters.. hope the police help you xx
#10
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its the sim card that you have to worry about as sometimes when they get the phone they remove the sim and put it in another phone and ring up 0905 numbers which can be ££££'s a min , there is a way you can have the sim card connected to just one phone by asking your provider for the sim lock code then activate via your phone
I know not much help now but might help for next time as a £400 phone loss could be cheap compared to a phone bill for £1000's

I was lucky enough to blacklist the phone and get the sim card cancelled within 30 mins. I still have the same number so that parts okay.

thanks for all of your kind support xx MerryChristmas
#11
The police have said that unless they catch the theft on CCTV which means her empty hand going in to my pocket and reappearing with my phone. She is an innocent shopper and I am not allowed to say she is a criminal. They can't just take a supposed victims word. The police have not done an investigation, they just don't care. They didn't bother to even take a face to face statement or get a description. The whole system is a joke right now
#12
Criminals will swap phones stolen from uk with those from india, Philippines etc. Good money in it.
#13
Isn,t there talk of a kill switch been added to smart phones ,

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