CHECKMEND: Can I buy a blocked phone?

If a CheckMEND report result shows a phone that you are interested in buying has a block record currently on the phone then we do not recommend buying it. A block record indicates the phone may not be in the possession of its rightful owner. The police have in the past taken this to mean that buying a blocked phone is the same as buying property reported as stolen, and is therefore illegal. A block on a phone also means that it will not work on any phone networks, rendering it mostly useless.

If a seller of a phone believes the block result to be incorrect, then we recommend they contact their network to request the block be removed. If they are the rightful owner of the phone they should be able to get the block removed by their phone network. If problems occur then we can be contacted by emailing for assistance.

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