How can you avoid buying a blacklisted phone?

What is a blacklisted phone, how does it affect you and how can you avoid that? In this article, you will get all the answers!

Blacklisted phone – what does it mean?

A cellular phone becomes blacklisted when it is reported by its owner to the mobile carrier as stolen. Since every device has an ID – a unique 12-14 digits number called IMEI, it is very easy to identify it. With this identification, it is possible to check whether a specific device is a blacklisted phone or not before buying it from an unknown seller. Besides the moral issues of buying a stolen device, it also comes along with great disappointment, because a blacklisted phone can not connect to any mobile carrier, which means that it is actually useless.

Why is it important?

We all buy smartphones, which are quite expensive. Therefore, we try to find ways to buy them at a lower price. The easiest way to do that is by buying second-handed phones from unknown sellers without knowing its true condition, including if it is a blacklisted phone and blocked or if it is usable. That is exactly why we developed the TESTM app, to help you know before you make the purchase, that the device you are interested in is not stolen and can actually serve you.

How does it work?

As mentioned, with the TESTM app you can check if the specific device you want to purchase is a blacklisted phone or not and the way to do it is by installing the app on the device, running the IMEI check, and get the results within 30 seconds. In Android devices, you can get the IMEI number by dialing *#06# and in iPhones, you can get it by entering the settings, then – general settings, and then – about.

Other tests you may need

If you are about to purchase a new smartphone from an unknown seller, you would probably want to know more about its general status and run more tests after making sure it is not a blacklisted phone. For example, check the cameras, make sure the screen is not damaged, and check the touch sensitivity, the connectivity via BT and Wi-Fi, the battery’s life status, and so on. All these tests and more can be carried out with the TESTM app and running all of them can give you the complete picture of the device’s status.

TESTM first- buy later!

The best part of the TESTM app is, that you can check if the phone you are about to purchase is a blacklisted phone or not and run all the other tests you need before even buying it. All you have to do is ask the seller to run the wanted tests and send you the results. This way, you are able to know in advance exactly what you are paying for, even if the transaction is made with a seller from a different country and even from a different continent!