If your device has a 'location feature' (e.g. Find my iPhone), use it to locate your device. If your device is shown to be in an unfamiliar location, contact the police rather than recovering it yourself
This prevents unauthorised outgoing calls, messages and cellular data (internet access). Barring may also deactivate other functions on your device.
Note: It can take up to 24 hours to bar the service.
Block the IMEI number ~ required for insurance claims
We'll give you the option of blocking the IMEI number to prevent another SIM card being used in your device. The block applies to all carriers in Australia and will bar calls, SMS and data on your device.
Get information on locating your IMEI number here.
Note: It can take up to 24 hours to block the IMEI.
If you have a Prepaid service with AutoRecharge, we'll advise cancelling this to stop any automatic recharges from occurring. For information on cancelling AutoRecharge click here.
What if I'm not the Account Holder?
If you're not the Account Holder of the service, you can only request a bar on the service, you will not be able to request a block of the IMEI number. The Account Holder must contact Optus within 24 hours to confirm that the bar on the service should remain active.
Step 3: Protect your personal data & contact the police
Protect your personal data
Immediately change your usernames and / or passwords if you have mobile banking, social media, email; and/or utility applications on your device that hold or access your personal data. If your mobile device features a 'remote wipe function', consider using this to protect your personal data.
Contact the police ~ required for insurance claims
We recommend contacting your local police station to file a police report for all lost or stolen devices. This police will need to know your IMEI number to make a report.
Get a Prepaid Starter Kit or a Postpaid SIM card from an Optus store to use in a spare Mobile Phone, Tablet or Modem. Once you have your new SIM card, all you'll need to do is activate it
Buy a second-hand device. When buying a used device, always check the IMEI number to make sure it has not been barred or blocked. Optus can only unblock a device with the original Account Holder's permission