Woah. So it's not 'debt collection', it's passed up the level from that 1 further to the user not adhering to the contract terms in which it was obtained?
Clever if not awkward to take so long to block if the SIM was never associated or tied.
Whos signed up recently that has one (contract) on hand to see if it mentions IEMI/SN/Device specifics. I'd have thought as long as the party kept paying the bill the device was just a cheap payment plan perk for the term to have your custom - usually works out over the 'buy out' (unless on special) price and says you have to pay the rest if you break out.
Full phone cost (including discount) must be repaid if you exit, transfer or downtrade your plan before 24 months.
Q. What happens if I want end my contract early?
A. If you exit or transfer to another provider before the end of the interest free term you just need to pay the remaining balance of the device cost and any early termination fees for your mobile plan.
So whos policing the exit or non use of the device if they are tied.. Sounds like there is a lot of faith on the punters to not try and make a buck while getting a good plan.