1. David Campbell9's Avatar
    I had a Galaxy S3 on contract, and a couple of years later switched it to a PAYG SIM. I didn't use it for a while and subsequently the number elapsed. I was keeping the handset as a spare, but it has now been stolen. Is there any way of blocking the IMEI number so it can't be used? I tried contacting O2 but they couldn't help. Thanks.
    10-15-2014 09:20 AM
  2. belodion's Avatar
    I don't understand that. If either you or they know what the IMEI is, why would they not do so? What reason did they give?
    If you have the IMEI, go to the police with it.

    Well, welcome to AC, at any rate.

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    10-15-2014 01:04 PM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    Evidently it's different in the UK than it is in the US. Here, not only will your carrier not accept that IMEI any more, no carrier will accept that IMEI. Once reported stolen, a phone is virtually useless (except as an mp3 player or wifi device). Even if you find it later and try to get it off the list, it's very difficult. They err on the side of making stolen phones worthless (and stealing them pretty worthless too).

    Maybe talk to your MP's office (or however these things are done there) and give them the idea to pass a law making it mandatory for cellphone companies to do something similar.
    10-15-2014 01:34 PM
  4. David Campbell9's Avatar
    When I spoke to O2 they said they need the SIM serial number before they can do anything. I don't have that, so seems I'm snookered. I don't get it either. But like your idea of going to the police. Maybe they will be more helpful.
    Many thanks.
    belodion likes this.
    10-20-2014 12:24 PM

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