Canadian National Blacklist IMEI Checker
An IMEI number is basically like a Social Insurance Number for your cellular enabled phone or tablet. It connects your actual hardware with the account on your cellular carrier and is uniquely associated with you. In 2013, a national blacklist was instituted in an attempt to curb the incentive for thieves to target cell phones and re-sell them. Your IMEI number is 15 digits long and is visible on the back of certain iPhone models, but is always visible within the settings of all cellular devices, whether they are Apple or Android based. If you’ve lost your phone or tablet and want to report it stolen so that charges cannot be racked up on your behalf, the IMEI is how you’ll coordinate to make that happen. Once a phone is blacklisted, it is 100% unusable as a cellular device on ANY network in North America.
Checking Your IMEI Before Buying Pre-Owned Devices
If you are in the market for a gently used phone, it is absolutely crucial to be familiar with the IMEI information above as it can prevent you from buying a phone that is useless as it has been disabled. Before you buy ANY phone off Kijiji, Facebook or even a random person, verify that the phone is clean and NOT listed on the national blacklist. Broken screens and other hardware issues can be fixed, however removing a phone from the blacklist can only be done with proper documentation from the ORIGINAL owner which is hard to do once they are gone for sure.