[ubuntu-uk] non ubuntu related question! Buying a second hand phone, how can i avoid being scammed?

javadayaz javadayaz at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 10:58:45 UTC 2012

which is exactly my concern...it happened to me once and i was lucky enough
to get my money back..

Is there a way of registering the imei no a person?

On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Kris Douglas <krisdouglas at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 9 February 2012 10:28, javadayaz <javadayaz at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > First of all i would like to apologise for the non Ubuntuness of this
> > thread.
> >
> > I would just like to pick your brains on something.
> >
> > I am thinking of buying a preowned phone from websites like gumtree. My
> > concern is after i have bought the phone, the seller rings up his
> insurance
> > reports it stolen and my phone gets blacklisted i.e blocked imei.
> >
> > I was under the assumption that a network provider registers a phone to
> > their network but this doesnt seem to be the case. I have already asked a
> > network provider (orange) if they would register me as having new
> ownership
> > of a phone bought but they refused saying this cannot be done.
> >
> > What are your thoughts on this?
> I work for a mobile phone company, there are ways to find out if the
> IMEI (unique identifier) has been reported, but there is no safe way
> to take a mobile from someone that may subsequently be blacklisted.
> It's hit and miss.
> --
> Regards, Kris Douglas.
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