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Sharing of IMEIs between mobile networks to discourage theft

What it is

The IMEI Blacklisting Code allows consumers to report lost or stolen handsets to their mobile provider so it is blocked and cannot be used on any mobile network, nationwide.


The purpose of the code is to co-ordinate sharing of IMEIs between mobile networks to discourage theft and disrupt the operation of illegal markets.

Who it applies to

Mobile network providers who operate a cellular network in New Zealand who sign up to the code.

Who it affects

  • Consumers who have lost their phone or had it stolen.
  • Signatories to this Code

Document status

Document type: Voluntary code

Document version: 3rd edition. May 2019.


Signatories to this Code

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Last Modified On Tuesday, 21 January 2020