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So this is my first post (Had I know this place existed before, I would have had way less headaches during the years dealing with cheating companies, less than helpful customer services and being fooled by basically every singer company I have ever signed a contract with, at least when thinking on technology and telecoms)


Nevertheless, better late than ever, and in this case I seek advice of a different kind. So I bought a second hand handset from gumtree, a Galaxy S 3 with a crack in the screen and locked to O2, but otherwise in good condition and fully working. Complete with charger, but out of the box.


So I thought I would get t unlocked today (on Sundays my local shop is usually closed). My friend was unable to have the phone unlocked and said it could be blocked or blacklisted. Tried to contact the guy who sold it to me without luck, the person refuses to take any responsibility for it.


So suspecting that he might have just found the phone in the streets (or worse) I did a bit of research and found out a few things. First, the phone seems not to be locked to O2, but originally a Vodafone handset (which was convenient since we are Vodafone clients)


The IMEIDETECTIVE.com test resulted negative, but then I run the paid CHECKMEND test which came out as "your phone has been BLOCKED by a gsm, but HAS NOT BEEN REPORTED LOST OR STOLEN .


So I thought that maybe this guy did not pay his bills and got his handset blocked, although somewhere else I read that Vodafone does not blacklist your phone unless it has been reported lost of stolen (which according to CHECKMEND, this isn't the case)


I have tried several times to contact Vodafone but so far and after talking to a few people, nobody seem to agree to which department should I be transferred to deal with this situation.


Thanks for taking the time to read this. If anyone has any information or can help, I can provide the phone's IMEI as well as the CHECKMEND report.


Kind Regards

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Hello Mr. Lee, I have come across this thread after just starting another one (still under moderation) on the same exact issue. Maybe moderators can merge both threads.


PS. How can I attach files to my posts? Such as my Checkmend report.

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I have merged your two posts into one thread for you.


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vodafone UK has recently introduced a dedicated Web Relations Team which is keen to seek out customers who’re having difficulties with their accounts and feel that they have no other place to turn to than CAG and other consumer forums and blogs.

Naturally, it’s not possible for us to help directly with account specific queries on CAG and as such we would encourage those members who feel we can help them to contact us privately at [email protected] ne.co.uk quoting ‘WRT135 – CAG Forum’ in the subject line to ensure that it reaches the Web Relations Team.

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