Can I see if a device I am purchasing is Blacklisted?

If you are looking at purchasing a mobile phone, it always pays to make sure the phone you are buying isn't blacklisted. If you are buying the phone from a retailer then you shouldn't have any problems however when purchasing second hand then it pays to make sure you aren't getting ripped off.

Blacklisted? What is that?
Blacklisting is when a phone is blocked, usually because it is lost or stolen.

Will it still work if it is 'Blacklisted'?
While the phone may still turn on it will not be able to connect to any networks.

So how can I check the phone I am buying is legit?
You can visit this website to check the IMEI number and make sure the phone is going to work.

What is an IMEI?
It is like a serial number for your phone. You can obtain the IMEI by dialing *#06# or potentially on a label on your phone (usually under the battery)