IMEI Changing? Can thieves really do this?
My phone was stolen last night and none of my security software or Google device Finder can locate it. It's probably turned off purposely as it was almost fully charged 10PM
( I lost it at about 11:30) .
I'm in Canada and we have an IMEI blacklist service which stops any company from allowing the phone to be used on their networks. But... I wonder if someone could just change the IMEI and use my phone? I see websites offering that as a service and a bit furious if this is possible.
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Re: IMEI Changing? Can thieves really do this?
Per USA legislation:
"knowingly using, producing, trafficking in, having control or custody of, or possessing hardware or software knowing that it has been configured to insert or modify telecommunication identifying information associated with or contained in a telecommunications instrument so that such instrument may be used to obtain telecommunications service without authorization."
I have changed IMEIs and ESNs in the past for myself, but for different reasons. I have wifi everywhere I go, but phone carriers require you to get a data plan with a smartphone. I just change my ESN/IMEI to make the carrier think it is the same phone and still use their cdma/gsm network for making calls and text messages. Usually can't do MMS as that tends to use a 3g(or higher) network and well, I don't have data. As the law states, I am not getting any service I am not paying for. Thus there are legal reasons for changing the ESN/IMEI, though cloning tends to skirt on illegal as it is assumed you are trying to use two phone in different locations at the same time, or you end up doing so by mistake.
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