How to Fix Blacklisted iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR

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It’s just a few weeks after the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR were released but some have purchased them with blacklisted status. Here’s what you need to do.

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 The New iPhone XS, XS Max or XR

Apple has got famous with the introduction of ‘’iDevices’’ 2018 models. The Apple’s devices are among the most desired flagship phone models today. iPhone models are becoming bigger and smarter year after year. They are improving their models to catch up with the growing technology and the smartphone trends out there.

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Apple announced their latest three models at their September keynote event. The models includes iPhone XS, XS Max and an iPhone XR. The iPhone XS and XS Max are available for pre-order and the shipping is scheduled to start on 21st September. The iPhone XR is scheduled for reorder on 19th October with Shipping starting on 26th of the same month.

Buying any of the 2018 models will cost you a fortune and hence you can never think of losing it any time. However, with the increasing trend of theft and unclear contract plans, there’s likelihood that this devices will flock the market both new and in second hand soon. If you are not careful, you may end up buying a blacklisted Apple iPhone. For this reason, you need to know how to fix or even deal with an iPhone with a blacklisted IMEI.

What is an IMEI number?

There are many iPhone owners who don’t even know what an IMEI number is or even understand how it can help you in case the device is lost or stolen. An IMEI number stands for ‘’International Mobile Equipment Identity number.

It is unique in every mobile device and hence it is used to identify any individual device independently. It is a 14-16 digits number that serves the same purpose with an ESN number but for the Mobile devices. The IMEI number also serves a security purpose.

What this mean is that an iPhone cannot be used with a different SIM Card unless you pay a visit to the Apple Store or where the iPhone device was purchased.

How to get an IMEI number

There are several ways through which you can get the IMEI number. Every device has its own unique IMEI number on the back cover or even on the original box. Some of them display it on the writings on the battery. However, the simplest way to get the IMEI number is to dial *#06# on the dial pad. A 14-16 long number will be displayed on the screen. That is the IMEI number.

What exactly is a Blacklisted iPhone?

Apple Company created iPhone Blacklist Status which I usually think was imperative to deal with iPhone thefts. Once the iPhone is reported to the carrier for any bleach of the TOS or even if stolen or lost, that specific carrier will get the IMEI and block it for usage.

There are several reasons why an iPhone can be blacklisted. One of them is if the initial owner has pending bills which extends beyond the contract. The other reason is if the phone is reported to the carrier as either lost or stolen. If the iPhone is used in any dubious or illegal activities, it may as well be blacklisted.

How do the carriers in the US and the UK blacklist?

Majority of the countries in the World have their own Blacklist. For this reason, they take all the claims and complaints and as soon as the iPhone is reported as Lost, stolen or even when the original owner fails to honor all the dues, there’s an insurance claim that the iPhone is involved in a Fraud or any other illegal activities or when there’s pending bills, the iPhone is blacklisted immediately. The iPhone will enter the country’s blacklist and consequently difficult to use it with the carriers in that specific country. It may as well be difficult to use it with other carriers in the world.

How to check the IMEI status of an iPhone

If you want to buy a second hand iDevices you must be extra careful. You need to ensure that you check the blacklist status of the second hand device and ensure that it is clean before you purchase. However, there are some instances when you buy a second hand iPhone online where you cannot touch or even check for the blacklist status before it is delivered.

In this case, you need to check the status on delivery and act accordingly. If there is no way to return the iPhone for a refund, then invest in a very reliable blacklist unlock service.

The first thing in checking the blacklist status is to get the IMEI Number of your phone. Dial *#06# on the dial pad and the IMEI Numbers will be displayed on the screen. Send the IMEI number to us and we will check the status of your iPhone XS models in less than a day.

So is there a Blacklisted iPhone XS, XS Max or iPhone XR Fix?

This is one of the questions that we usually get here. Once someone realizes that their iPhone is blacklisted, the first thing that cross their mind is how to fix it. For the question above, the answer is yes, there is a way you can fix a blacklisted iPhone and start using it again.

Those people who buy iPhone devices on the street or from some of the online marketplaces such as eBay or Craigslist usually notice too late that their iPhone are blacklisted. One thing that you should bear in mind is that blacklisted iPhone devices cannot be used with other SIM Cards. This means that if you do not take appropriate measures, you will just be here with an iPod touch.

If you bought an iPhone device on the street or online and it turned up to be blacklisted, do not worry because we have a solution for you. I know the experience is heart breaking but happily, there are ways to unlock a blacklisted iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Ways to unlock the Blacklisted iPhone device

Majority of the people think that they can unlock the device on their own but the reality of the matter is that there’s no way to do that. The Blacklist status can only be removed through a verified IMEI unlock service.

Use the Unlock Blacklisted iPhone Service

This is one of the best methods of getting your iPhone in use. This service supports all iPhone models and all iOS Versions. For this reason, you can get help with your new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.  However, you should bear in mind that this service will not remove the blacklist status. Its only the carrier in collaboration with the Original owner that can remove the Blacklisted status. However, you can be able to use the device to mobile networks that are outside the country where it was locked.

In order to complete the Order of Unlock blacklisted iPhone service, you have to follow the below steps.

  • Get the Device’s IMEI number by dialing *#06#
  • Go to the Official site and request a unlock Blacklisted iPhone service.
  • Make your payments with PayPal. PayPal is the safest method of making International Payments and hence that’s the reason why this service supports it as the payment mode. You will be allowed to wait for some time for the whole process to be finalized. You can Order here to get your Blacklisted Device fixed remotely. The process of fixing the iPhone is safe and will not void the warranty. The other thing you should note with this service is that there’s no need to ship your device.

How to check if the iPhone XS, XS Max OR XR is Unblocked

There are several things that you can do and verify that your iPhone device is unlocked. After you choose your plan, you are usually assigned a specific time plan. For this reason, you need to verify that the iPhone is unblocked after the time has expired. The easiest way to do so is to insert a new SIM card. Remember we had already stated that a Blacklisted iPhone device will not show any signals?

Now after the device has been unblocked it will be ready for use. I mean that it will detect a SIM card and show ‘’signal on’’ status. It will be able to make calls and receive SMS and Notifications. However, remember we said that this service doesn’t remove the blacklisting status? Well, for this reason you need to ensure that the SIM card you insert is from a different carrier.

If you insert a SIM card from another carrier you are likely to get a notification that the ‘’the iPhone has a SIM card from a different carrier’’. Make a call and if it goes through, ten your iPhone XS, XS Max or XR is unblocked and ready for use.

Which Networks can I use after the device is unblocked?

After the device has been unblocked, you will have an opportunity to use other networks apart from the one in the specific country where the device was blacklisted. If the New iPhone XS, XS Max or the XR is Blacklisted in the UK, then you can request for it to be unblocked and use it in all the other networks outside the UK.

Are there other alternatives?

If you cannot afford to purchase the Blacklisted iPhone Unlock service or if you think that this is the last step you will make, then there are a couple of alternatives that you can choose.

Try and reach the original owner

The first thing that should cross your mind is to try and reach the original owner. If you personally know him or her, then you can reach them for a refund or even ask them to contact the carrier for unblocking. If they can be able to prove that the device belongs to them, then the carrier will not hesitate to unlock the device. It is possible to reach the original owner, then you can save a lot of money.

However, you may find yourself between a hard place and a rock if you bought this device online. Majority of the sellers there are trying to sell stolen or lost iPhone devices and hence it may be difficult to locate and communicate to the original owner.

You can contact the Carrier for Assistance

If you cannot be able to get the original owner easily, the other alternative way to reach him or her is to contact the Carrier for assistance. They are likely to help you get an insight why the device was blacklisted and eventually help you reach the original owner for assistance. You can either contact the owner or have the iPhone returned if it was lost or stolen.

Get the IMEI Cleaned

There are several carriers out there who offer services to clean the ESN.  What this means is that you can ask your carrier for help. On the other hand, there are several companies that offer ESN cleaning services. Both options will cost you but they are worth it.

Sell the iPhone Internationally

If the iPhone is blacklisted in the USA, it can still be used internationally. For this reason, you can sell your iPhone internationally and recover some of the money. It may have value in another country.

Flash it to another carrier

This is a bit tricky but if you are ready to do so, you will soon have a functional iPhone. As long as the other carrier will accept a Blacklisted iPhone, don’t be worried about the costs you will incur. You should also be aware that you may land to a 3G apart from a 4G network.

The Bottom Line

I know it can be tiring and confusing after purchasing a blacklisted iPhone device. Don’t worry so much anymore. Someone out there underwent through the same situation and their problem was solved. There are still a vast collection of solutions available for you.

It’s up to you whether you want to get the iPhone cleaned and sell it to another country, get it unblocked and retain it for use or just ask for a refund. Our online store has got your covered. Now browse our online store to find a solution for your needs.

How to Fix Blacklisted iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR was last modified: September 15th, 2018 by Jonathan

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