When someone offers you a secondhand device under T-Mobile, you have to be vigilant and have a T-Mobile USA Full IMEI check first.
About T-Mobile USA
T-Mobile US, Inc. is a United States based wireless network operator that provides wireless voice and data services in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is the third largest wireless carrier in the United States with 72.6 million customers as of Q4 2017.
With this large number of consumers, it’s very common that you will encounter a T-Mobile device for sale.
The Importance of a T-Mobile USA Full IMEI Check
When someone offers you a pre-owned T-Mobile USA device, you have to perform a T-Mobile USA Full IMEI Check. This will help you reveal the IMEI status of the device. You will determine if the device is reported as lost or stolen, blacklisted, iCloud locked or still under contract and has unpaid bills.
You will only need the IMEI number of your device to start the T-Mobile USA Full IMEI Check. To get the IMEI number, here are the steps:
If the iPhone is active: Dial *#06# to get your IMEI or go to Settings > General > About. Scroll down to see the IMEI number.
What does a T-Mobile USA Full IMEI Check Include?
The carrier check reveals if the device is locked to a network. It will confirm if the device is really locked to T-Mobile USA. It will also show the Country of the Lock Carrier. Below is a sample Carrier Check report:
Model: iPhone 7 Plus Black 32GB [iPhone9,2] IMEI Number: 3553*********** Serial Number: F2MT******** Find My iPhone: ON iCloud Status: CLEAN Locked Carrier: US T-Mobile Locked Activation Policy Country: Us - United States Simlock: Locked
Blacklisted device means it will not work with any network inside the country where it was blacklisted. This happens when a device has been reported as lost or stolen and the network puts it in the blacklist. T-Mobile USA Full IMEI Check includes blacklist check to know if it is clean or blacklisted by T-Mobile or other network. Below is a sample blacklist check:
IMEI: 3553*********** Model: APPLE IPHONE 7 PLUS (A1784) Blacklist Status: BLACKLISTED Blacklisted By: T-MOBILE USA, INC Blacklisted On: 2018-03-21 05:44:46 Blacklisted Country: UNITED STATES
iCloud Activation Lock Check
Another important part of a T-Mobile USA Full IMEI Check is the iCloud Lock check. If the device is iCloud locked, it will only work with the Apple ID details of the Original Owner. The iCloud Activation Lock check will determine the Find My iPhone status if it is OFF, CLEAN or LOST.
3553*********** FMI STATUS: CLEAN
Warranty Check and In-Contract Check
If you are contemplating to buy a pre-owned T-Mobile device, it is very important to know if it is still under contract and under warranty. If the device has unpaid bills without you knowing it, it will eventually get blocked by T-Mobile. Below are the details provided under Warranty and In-Contact Checks:
IMEI 35921********* Activated Yes Telephone Technical Support Expired Repairs and Service Coverage Active Apple Care No Warranty Name Limited Warranty Warranty Start Date 17.11.2017 Warranty End Date 16.11.2018 Find My iPhone OFF Estimated Purchase Date 17.11.2017
Free T-Mobile IMEI Status Check
All the checks above can be obtained from your trusted IMEI Check Services provider for a fee. There is no FREE IMEI check available online that can give you accurate results about your IMEI. However, T-Mobile USA offers a Free IMEI status check from their T-Mobile website.
This Free IMEI status check will determine if the device will work on T-Mobile, or if it is already blocked or reported as lost or stolen – using only your IMEI number.