Are you thinking of buying a used cell phone from Ebay, Kijiji, or some other source? Make sure you check the phone’s IMEI number against the Canadian Blacklist to make sure it isn’t someone else’s lost or stolen phone!
ProtectYourData.ca features a convenient tool that allows you to enter the IMEI number of a wireless device and find out immediately if that device has been blacklisted in Canada. If the IMEI number has been blacklisted, that device will not be able to be used on participating Canadian networks. The database includes blacklisted devices that have been reported as lost or stolen as of September 30, 2013 and beyond.
Phones that have been blacklisted will not be able to connect to any of the participating Canadian Carrier’s networks. Keep in mind it can take up to 48 hours for the device to appear on the blacklist after it has been reported. The list does not include older CDMA devices.