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Old 08-22-2009, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my blackberry was stolen a few days back i called my network carrier to suspend my account and i filed a police report but they requested for my IMEI. my question is why are the cops requesting for the IMEI and will they be able to track and capture whoever stole it cus that would be great? if not what is the point of asking for the IMEI?
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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what country are you in?
If its the UK, they block the IMEI so the phone cant be used.
You are not likely gonna get it back.
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Old 08-22-2009, 03:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Asking for the IMEI is basically asking for the serial number. If they found some guy with 100 stolen phones in his garage and none of the IMEIs were reported stolen, they'd have an uphill battle to prove anything.
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Without the IMEI, there is no way to prove that it is your BB. As stated above, it is the same thing as a serial number for a BB.

It is unlikely that the police will spend a lot of time, if any, tracking down your lost BB. But you do need to file the police report to support any insurance claim.

In the US, IMEIs are not blocked so it can still be used as a phone and for basic texting and internet. They may have more trouble registering it on BIS/BES to use as a BB however.
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Verizon and Sprint typically block devices reported as lost or stolen but ATT and T-Mo do not. Can't understand why.
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Old 08-23-2009, 02:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That really sucks. How did it get stolen ? F*ckin thieves.
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