You may be wondering, "How the heck did I get a Blacklisted phone?"
Furthermore, what is a Blacklisted phone? Well, allow us to elaborate on what Blacklisted means and why it's possible to receive a Blacklisted phone.
- What is a blacklisted phone?
When someone does not pay their phone bill, or if they declare their device stolen the carrier makes that device unusable by blacklisting it, which makes it blacklisted and blocked.
- How is it possible for the seller to miss that my device was blacklisted?
Only the carrier has access to the list of blacklisted phones. Sellers do not have access to such information, so they're unable to catch the blacklisted device prior to customers trying to activate their device (in some cases, customers can access their device successfully only to be locked out later by the carrier).
If this happens to you, just inform the seller that the device you received is blacklisted and you would like to set up an exchange.