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    Buying a second hand 'contract' mobile

    Hi there
    Im buying a mobile from someone who had it on contract but im worried about this as to what would happen if they dont continue with their contract payments etc
    i have googled it etc and it appears that mobile providers cannot bar a mobile via IMEI due to non payment, only if its stolen or lost etc
    is this true, if so then i would be happy to buy it, just a little worried that a few months down the road they may have stopped paying and defaulted etc and may therefore make my mobile un-usable

    any help appreciated

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    Are they keeping the sim card? If they are can#t see there being a problem!

    Original Poster

    yeah they are keeping their sim card but selling the phone (iphone 4) to raise some cash as having some money worries
    my worry is if they stop paying whether the provider (3 in this case) can block the handset as it was 3 who provided it but my understanding is the IMEI barring thingy should only be used for lost or stolen handsets - just didnt know if anyone actually knew what would happen etc

    Original Poster

    Dehumanization

    ^ Same as above, although, I'd make sure they're not planning insurance … ^ Same as above, although, I'd make sure they're not planning insurance fraud lol



    is there anything i could do to try and make sure im covered for something like this
    its a friend of a friend and im told i can trust them but what worried me was the "money worries"
    i guess i cant really cover myself against the insurance fraud - just trust them i suppose

    The guy in this photo wouldnt/shouldnt even touch it -
    http://photos.jibble.org/Places/England/Bradford-on-Avon/Bradford-on-Avon%20At%20Easter/Barge_Pole_At_Bradford_on_von_Lock_Gates_A8V9293.jpg

    i did something similar and i am now lumbered with a locked samsung galaxy 9000 everything works it goes online and camera lol but it cant make or receive calls and they have another replacement phone now i'm out of pocket

    A friend of mine sold his phone after comin across money problems and stopped paying his bill and the phone is still working fine, reason i know is that my sister bought it off him, but have a think about wether you may think the person you are buying it off is going to claim a new one on insurance after you have paid for there phone, as the phone will then become blocked as they will have to hand over the imei.

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    Some networks will block the phone for none payment, the person could … Some networks will block the phone for none payment, the person could also report it lost/stolen in an insurance scam, take a big risk if you buy a second hand phone.



    if a network blocks it though then is it only blocked on that network?
    only reason i ask is i thought that they wasnt allowed to block phones across all networks using that system due to non payment - it was intended for reporting lost or stolen phones only?

    the one i have is blocked on all networks i took it the phone shop to get it checked cant even sell this one now unless its for parts lol

    Actully phones in the uk that are blacklisted. Are only blacklisted within the uk. If you go abroad the phone shound be able to pick up the signal

    fawcett

    Actully phones in the uk that are blacklisted. Are only blacklisted … Actully phones in the uk that are blacklisted. Are only blacklisted within the uk. If you go abroad the phone shound be able to pick up the signal



    I think anyways. Not 100% sure

    buy in person, that way, you've always got Mr B.Ball Bat by your side...
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