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Mobile Phone - Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Q:

    Is re-programming, commonly known as unblocking, illegal?

    A:

    When a lost or stolen phone is blocked the phone is prevented from working. When a mobile phone is "unblocked" unscrupulous individuals change the IMEI number and make it work again. This practice is illegal and only the manufacturers are allowed to alter it. Unblocking mobile phones carries custodial sentences. It is event an offence to simply offer to unblock or reprogram a phone.

  • Q:

    What is unlocking and is it illegal?

    A:

    Unlocking is a legal activity and involves the use of software on a computer or a machine to unlock the phone from a particular air time provider's network. This may occur when a person purchases a mobile phone, the airtime provider (ie. EE, Vodafone) will sometimes 'lock' that handset to its own particular network. If the handset is required to work on another network, e.g. in the case of a legitimate resale, the phone will need to be unlocked from its original airtime provider.

  • Q:

    Where can I find out more information on stopping mobile phones from being recycled?

    A:

    http://www.stoprecycledstolenphones.com/8key.asp