Join us in Wellington 4th December and Auckland 27th November
Want to help us test an ads-free Geekzone? Register for webpass now

Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
TCF launches blacklisted IMEI checker
Posted on 8-Apr-2014 13:18. | Tags Filed under: News.

The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) has today launched an online service that allows mobile phone users to check whether a handset has been blocked from use on New Zealand networks before they buy, saving innocent purchaser’s time and money.

In December 2013, the TCF, along with its members Vodafone, Telecom and 2degrees, worked to develop a national mobile handset blacklisting system, which gives each network carrier the ability to block the IMEI number (unique identification code) of a mobile device that has been reported as stolen across all three networks.

Today’s launch of the online IMEI checking service completes the last part of this project. The service allows users to quickly and easily check whether a mobile phone has been blocked from use.

Chief Executive of the TCF David Stone said that introduction of the online checking tool for consumers, is an important step in reducing mobile phone theft.

“Mobile Handset Blacklisting was introduced to help reduce mobile phone theft by blocking lost and stolen devices nationwide so that phones become virtually worthless and therefore less enticing targets for thieves.” said Mr Stone. “Now that users can check the status of a device before they purchase it, we hope to further combat the problem of handset theft.”

The service is free and it only takes a few seconds to learn whether that dream phone is actually a useless brick.

However the tool is not infallible. The IMEI check only provides details of those phones reported and blocked at the time of the inquiry, so it cannot identify a device that has not has not yet been reported as lost or stolen. Users have up to 30 days to report a lost or stolen handset. For this reason, Mr Stone warned that people should always be careful about purchasing mobile phones or other mobile devices from sources other than registered dealers. “If you’re in the market for a second hand phone ask the seller for the IMEI number, input this into the webpage and if the results show the phone has been reported lost or stolen, then stay clear. You should always use common sense though - if a deal looks too good to be true, it usually is.”

The IMEI checking service can be used by New Zealand based users up to three times per day.

More information:
comments powered by Disqus

Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

When should you put up your Xmas tree?
Created by Finch, last reply by Linuxluver on 30-Nov-2015 21:35 (40 replies)
Pages... 2 3

Ford Eco Sport Titanium-Looking to buy
Created by psychrn, last reply by gzt on 28-Nov-2015 14:08 (37 replies)
Pages... 2 3

Hi from glimp - NZ broadband comparison website
Created by glimpNZ, last reply by NonprayingMantis on 30-Nov-2015 23:13 (17 replies)
Pages... 2

Black Friday 2015 - Post Deals here
Created by Finch, last reply by Krishant007 on 30-Nov-2015 23:28 (84 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6

Huawei and 2degrees Nexus 6P 64/128 GB offer for Geekzone users
Created by freitasm, last reply by liang0086 on 30-Nov-2015 20:56 (684 replies)
Pages... 44 45 46

Home Automation and Security - New Install
Created by tarlen, last reply by reven on 30-Nov-2015 14:11 (16 replies)
Pages... 2

Wireless broadband in Wellington?
Created by zhzh, last reply by zhzh on 28-Nov-2015 20:08 (16 replies)
Pages... 2

How to collect from a debtor - any ideas?
Created by jmh, last reply by ghettomaster on 30-Nov-2015 22:27 (47 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4