Avoid buying a blocked phone

Phones can be blocked from use on Australian mobile networks if the user has reported it as lost or stolen to their mobile carrier.  If you’re looking at buying a second-hand phone, you can use the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) website to check it's status.

How to do it

Step 1

You’ll need the phone's 15 digit IMEI number before you can check its status. Check our ‘How-to’ guide for more info.

Step 2

Visit the AMTA website and click the link to check the IMEI.

Step 3

Enter the phone’s IMEI to check its status.

Important info

  • The AMTA website will only list phones that have been IMEI blocked at the time you conduct your search so it isn’t conclusive. A phone’s IMEI may be blocked by the owner at a later stage so you should request proof of ownership from the seller before buying it
  • Only the owner who reported the phone lost or stolen can request to remove an IMEI block. This is requested though the carrier with whom they made the report
  • If a blocked phone has been purchased through a police auction house, you’ll need to supply Vodafone with the receipt of purchase to have the IMEI bar removed


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