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By doubtme, Junior Member on 20th March 2014, 04:48 PM
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Are there dongles or software I could use to unblock this phone.

Its practically a brick without service
 
 
20th March 2014, 06:17 PM |#2  
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Are there dongles or software I could use to unblock this phone.

Its practically a brick without service

and why would the IMEI be blocked
20th March 2014, 10:33 PM |#3  
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Stolen phone is my only answer.
20th March 2014, 10:47 PM |#4  
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You'll probably won't receive help here for this. Changing IMEI is illegal is most countries.
20th March 2014, 11:14 PM |#5  
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Stolen phone is my only answer.

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You'll probably won't receive help here for this. Changing IMEI is illegal is most countries.

Actually, it seems in the US it's OK to change IMEIs, provided that BOTH phones are officially & legally yours.... hence the rhetorical question
20th March 2014, 11:37 PM |#6  
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Actually, it seems in the US it's OK to change IMEIs, provided that BOTH phones are officially & legally yours.... hence the rhetorical question

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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act
of 2013''.

SEC. 2. ALTERING OR REMOVING MOBILE DEVICE UNIQUE EQUIPMENT
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS.

(a) In General.--Chapter 25 of title 18, United States Code, is
amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 515. Altering or removing unique mobile device equipment
identification numbers
``(a) Definitions.--In this section--
``(1) the term `manufacturer' means a person who has
lawfully obtained the right to assign a mobile device equipment
identification number to a mobile device before the initial
sale of the mobile device; and
``(2) the term `unique mobile device equipment
identification number' means--
``(A) an international mobile equipment identity
number;
``(B) electronic serial number; or
``(C) any other number or signal--
``(i) that identifies a specific mobile
wireless communications device
; and
``(ii) has the same function and purposes
as a number described in subparagraph (A) or
(B).
``(b) Prohibition.--Except as provided in subsection (d), it shall
be unlawful to--
``(1) knowingly remove, obliterate, tamper with, or alter a
mobile device identification number
; or
``(2) knowingly use, produce, traffic in, have control or
custody of, or possess hardware or software, knowing it has
been configured to engage in the conduct described in paragraph
(1).
``(c) Penalty.--Any person who violates subsection (b) shall be
fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
``(d) Exception.--Subsection (b) shall not apply to the
manufacturer of a mobile device
, a person that engineers, tests,
repairs, or refurbishes a mobile device, or a person that implements
technologies for the purpose of protecting the security and privacy of
mobile device end users while allowing the transmission of the mobile
device identification number to service providers, unless the
manufacturer or person knows that the mobile device or part involved is
stolen
.''.
(b) Technical and Conforming Amendment.--The table of sections for
chapter 25 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting
after the item relating to section 514 the following:

``515. Altering or removing unique mobile device equipment
identification numbers.

Doesn't seems to be legal in the US even if the IMEI numbers are yours. IMEI must be changed by the manufacturer then submitted to the carrier.
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20th March 2014, 11:50 PM |#7  
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A search would have told you that this is illegal and will not be talked about on XDA. Only the OEM has the right to change the imei of a device.

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