Originally Posted by TargetIT
Have you ever had luck with Roger's blocking a PIN? The one time I tried it, they laughed and said, "We don't do that".
From the carrier's POV, a stolen device equals to a new device sale, and a full-price one.
More stolen devices means more sales.
And more sales means... oh, well...
I guess that's where the good laugh comes from.
AFAIK, here in France, you need to first file a theft report to the police (go to the police station, wait, fill in forms and stuff...), and then only get back to your carrier and ask for the phone (IMEI) to be blacklisted.
That's enough of a burden that no one will do it.
And of course, you have no way to know whether the phone has indeed been blacklisted or not.
It be intersting to falsely report an old phone as stolen, then try to use it, but that of course would mean lying to the police in the first place.