If you’re on the market looking for a cheap, used smartphone, it’s always a good idea to ask the owner to disable mobile search features, such as Device Manager on Android and Apple’s iPhone Search. Thus, it is avoided that the cell phone can be traced or even erased remotely. But what if you’re buying a smartphone that does not have this feature? Can you still check to see if it was stolen? Can you buy the device with the security that it will be usable?
Viewing blocked IMEI avoids problems
If you want to make sure that the phone you are buying is not locked, you can check the device’s IMEI to see if it is still authorized to be used on the network. There are both private services and government services for this, but it is important to point out that you should use private services carefully because IMEI numbers can be used in smartphone cloning or other purposes.
The generally free consultation is an online service designed to help consumers, businesses and law enforcement agencies make informed buying decisions and limit the resale of lost and stolen mobile devices.
How to make the device consultation prevented?
The best site to make this query is the site of Anatel itself to know if there is any impediment to the device that you are wanting to buy. The IMEI number of the device used can be found in the device box, the sticker behind the battery, or by typing * # 06 # on the device to check the IMEI number . It is important to remember that devices that have more than one chip also have more than one IMEI, one for each chip, and you need to check each individually. You can also access your phone’s IMEI through settings or settings.
- On Android phones: Access the settings and tap “About phone / device.” Touch status and then IMEI Info.
- On iPhone phones: Touch Settings -> General -> About.
If you do not have access to these numbers, ask the owner to send them to you. Enter the IMEI number on the Anatel website and enter the captcha. At the bottom of the screen, the following data will appear:
- IMEI number consulted
- Result: whether or not there is restriction for the IMEI
- Date of the consultation
What if IMEI consultation prevented positive?
In the case of positive feedback, we do not recommend purchasing the device. This device is probably already blocked for use on mobile networks and has been lost or stolen. It is also advisable to notify the police by registering an event bulletin about the device, as it removes from you any responsibility for participating in the negotiation of an illegal product.
If you have already bought the device without consulting the IMEI and now it is locked, it is worth remembering that you can use the Consumer Defense Code, in case you have bought the device from a store, to guarantee your rights. It is also possible to use the Civil Code in the case of purchase of personal devices, ensuring that you are compensated for the improper sale of the device.