If you plan to get a used iPhone in Canada or any iPhone registered in Canada, be sure to use this free checker first to find out if it’s stolen or blacklisted due to other reason such as unpaid bills etc.
Many buyers are unaware that the second hand smartphone markets are filled with devices that are reported lost, missing, stolen or blacklisted by the carrier.
Many people are lured into buying these devices because of the low price, but later found out that they cannot be used because carriers have blacklisted them.
Blacklisting devices are done by carriers to prevent people from reusing them.
3. Enter the 15-digit IMEI and click Search (magnifying glass icon). You should get the results almost instantly.
Please do read the disclaimer at the bottom of the page as the result may not necessarily be 100% accurate at the moment when the check was performed. The checker only supports query from Canadian-based IP addresses, so if you’re querying it somewhere from outside of Canada, you won’t get any result. It is also limited to two checks per consumer.
If you own a Canadian iPhone on any of these carriers: Telus, Koodo, Rogers, Fido or Bell and wish to unlock it for use outside of Canada, the current possibility of unlocking them are summarized below:
iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S/5/5s/5c on Canada Telus/Koodo – can be unlocked even if blacklisted, order here
iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S/5 on Canada Bell – only “CLEAN” device is supported, 5s/5c not supported for now, unlock here
iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S/5/5s/5c on Canada Rogers/Fido – can be unlocked even if blacklisted, order here
Many countries around the world have started implementing device blacklist databases. In the future, it may be possible that some countries will share one big database to make sure that stolen devices cannot be used elsewhere even if they’ve been exported from their country of origin.