7 Quick and Easy Ways to Fix Blacklisted iPhone Problems

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You got yourself a blacklisted iPhone? Here are 7 quick and easy ways to fix blacklisted iPhone problems.

You got yourself a blacklisted iPhone? Here are 7 quick and easy ways to fix blacklisted iPhone problems

Before attempting on any of the solution proposed below, it’s best that you verify to ensure that your iPhone is indeed blacklisted. There are many free available tools online such as the one offered by Swappa.com. There is also a paid service that provides 100% accuracy on the device status blacklist from all different US carriers; including the date of the blacklist was made.

Blacklisting of an iPhone is performed based on the IMEI or ESN which you can find under your iPhone’s Settings > General > About.

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You got yourself a blacklisted iPhone? Here are 7 quick and easy ways to fix blacklisted iPhone problems

The most common symptom of a blacklisted iPhone is the ‘No Service’ message showing on the top left corner of the iPhone.

Once you have confirmed and verified that the iPhone is blacklisted, here are the possible solutions you can try. The suggestions are quite broad and not very specific in fixing the device, but rather to fix the problem of having a blacklisted iPhone and to minimize any loss.

7 Quick and Easy Ways to Fix Blacklisted iPhone Problems

1. Ask for Refund

The obvious thing to do first is to get a refund from the seller. It may not be easy but at least try. If you paid using PayPal, they have a policy to protect buyers. This is really a good way to make sure that your purchase is guaranteed but you must be able to provide any proof that it is blacklisted.

2. Resell the iPhone

If returning the iPhone wasn’t successful, you should consider selling the iPhone to another buyer. If the device is already unlocked, it can fetch good price internationally. Repair centers will also consider buying blacklisted iPhones as spare parts. Do be prepared for low price due to the blacklist.

3. Change the IMEI

Due to the blacklist was done by carrier based on the iPhone’s IMEI, changing the IMEI may allow the iPhone to work on the carrier again. However, only earlier models of iPhones were possible to change the IMEI. There are new online tutorials available but we have not verified whether they will work or not.

4. Swap the Logic Board

Each logic board or main board of an iPhone that’s produced from the factory has a unique IMEI number. If you can find a broken iPhone that has the same model number online, changing or swapping the logic board will fix the problem. It’s crucial for you to find out the other logic board is in good working order and has a good IMEI.

5. Officially Unlock the iPhone

Unlocked iPhones have very good resell value but not so much if it’s blocked or blacklisted locally. Therefore, depending on the carrier, they can be unlocked at affordable prices. Once the device is unlocked, it opens up better chances for you to resell it online to others who are based outside of your country. Please do your potential buyer a favour, let him or her know the background of the device you’re trying to sell.

6. Change the IMEI Chip

This is probably the hardest solution available and not many people can do. Even the experts in iPhone repairs are trying to do anything that involves touching the IMEI chip of an iPhone.

iPhone IMEI chip

This is because the replacement requires special tools such as chip remover and delicate skills in attaching the chip to the logic board. Do this if you know an extremely good repair center or technician.

7. Remove the Blacklist on Carrier Database

Removing the device from carrier blacklist database is by far the easiest and the most elegant solution for your blacklisted iPhone. The service to remove the blacklist is done directly on the carrier database that means no dismantling, hacking or shipping your iPhone to a service provider is required. Explore all the possible options to remove the blacklist here.

Summary

We agree that some of the proposed solutions above are not that easy but depending on the situation, each solution presents a possibility and opportunities.

7 Quick and Easy Ways to Fix Blacklisted iPhone Problems was last modified: July 10th, 2018 by Jonathan

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