In the last couple of days I've noticed a few people asking why their new second hand mobile phones (oxymoron not intended) is not working on Vodafone.
Here is a tip if you are buying second hand phone from auction sites (or from a "friend of a friend"): if the seller says "it works on 2degrees but won't work on Vodafone" then you know it's either lost or stolen.
Here is why: New Zealand mobile operators do not lock mobile phones sold in the country. If a handset works on 2degrees it should work just fine on Vodafone. However Vodafone does have (and share with Telecom) a database of blacklisted IMEI (the phone's unique identification). This information is not currently shared with 2degrees. An IMEI is blacklisted when the owner reports it stolen or lost.
If you see someone selling a New Zealand sourced mobile phone that works on 2degrees but doesn't work on Vodafone, stay clear.
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