How to Unlock a Blacklisted Phone
Want to unlock a blacklisted phone, remove an activation lock or unlock a phone you still owe money on so you can sell it for full price? Here’s how to tackle each type of phone lock:
NOTE: These are not the same as carrier locks, which mean your phone can only be used with a certain carrier. Learn more about carrier locks.
Pay off your phone and ask your carrier to remove the lock. If that’s not an option, you might be able to switch carriers. See if any competing carriers will pay off your phone and/or early termination fees (ETFs) if you switch.
Another option is to transfer your phone and contract to someone else. This isn’t the same as unlocking your phone, but it can eliminate payments and free up funds.
In general, only the party that placed it on the blacklist can remove it – most likely your carrier. If you feel your IMEI was blacklisted in error, you can petition your carrier to remove it.
If your phone was reported lost or stolen, it could prove difficult to get it off the blacklist. That doesn’t mean all is lost: you may still be able to unlock a blacklisted phone by paying a blacklist removal service like IMEI Authority.
Alternatively, you can continue to use your phone on WiFi.
Contact your phone’s manufacturer. In most cases, they’ll remove the activation lock if you can prove you own the phone. Both Apple Stores and authorized Samsung Service Centers can help you remove an activation lock.
Once you’ve successfully unlocked your phone, you can continue to use it or sell it for a higher price than you could get if it were still locked.
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