tracing stolen T-Mobile phone?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by slow_one civic, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. slow_one civic

    slow_one civic ULEV ownz me OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2002
    Messages:
    2,588
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Houston,TX
    Someone stole my E-715. Is there any way to catch him if he uses his SIM in my phone? :x:
     
  2. El Beaner

    El Beaner OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2002
    Messages:
    29,954
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    Jsut tell T-mobile, you should have an ESN for the phone that is unique #. Only problem is that onyl Tmobile will have this so if he reactivates with Tmobile they will catch him. If the phone gets unlocked then he might be able to go to another carrier.
     
  3. jhb123us

    jhb123us Guest

    Nope

    Tmobile's phones are gsm, and they don't have an esn, they have an imei #. There is no way they can track that number. The sim card is the only part of the phone that can be traced. When a cell company activates a gsm phone the imei # is only used to track what make and model the phone is. They need to know this to figure out how much of a rebate to issue the dealers. I work for a cell company that deals with gsm phones, whenever I get sick of my phone and want a new one I claim it on insurance as stolen then turn around and sell it. I've done this a lot and no one has ever come back saying anything. Pretty much you're s.o.l. Next time put insurance on it.
     
  4. mrdeucie

    mrdeucie Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2001
    Messages:
    320
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    New York,NY
    Too bad this isn't enlisted here in the US. It wouldn't really help you out, but it would prevent anyone from using the phone. What they do in Europe is that they blacklist the IMEI and the phones that are on the list are rendered useless.

    The key is insurance.
     
  5. oakie

    oakie my ninja.

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2001
    Messages:
    26,172
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    SoDo
    imei's can be changed anyways.
     

Share This Page