How to block a stolen mobile phone

Mobile phone theft

Smartphones and mobile phones in general play a major role in our daily lives, and can become a little bit of a target by criminals for unsuspecting owners. Phone theft has been a topical issue trending in the past years, with heavy consequences.

This can lead to loss of personal data or unwanted charges on your mobile bill. Thieves pose a great challenge to the safety of our mobile phones, which calls for you to know how to efficiently block a stolen mobile phone just in case you've ever lost your mobile device to some pickpocket. 

Here's how:

Step 1

To block your stolen mobile phone, the first thing to do is keep the IMEI code of the smartphone in place. It is the unique set of numbers usually located in the purchase receipt in your phone's box or in the customer service account of your mobile service operator.

Step 2

You will need to pick up your phone to dial the operator and clarify the scenario to the operator. Identify yourself; with the IMEI of the mobile phone and your customer ID or any viable identification options available to you. The operator is most likely to block the phone after validation in order to prevent it from being used by the person who stole it. 

Step 3

Having had the IMEI blocked, calls as well as 3G and 4G connections will be disconnected. This step by step guide, thankfully covers the databases of different internet service providers (not just that of the operator), this ensures a total block across different networks. All the thief will be able to do at best is to change the IMEI of the stolen mobile phone to make it reusable, which is no easy task on the average.

Step 4

To further improve your chances of prosecuting the thief to prevent escape, you should report the theft to the authorities for possible arrest and the IMEI number code of the mobile phone for tracking, and with greater luck retrieval. 

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