bad esn to use overseas?

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  1. Globug macrumors 6502

    Globug

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    I'm currently living in Australia, and thinking of buying a used BAD ESN phone when i go visit my family in new york to bring back and use in Australia.

    I do understand that the BAD ESN WON'T work in the states, but my question is will it work in Australia with a bad esn? Do i have to do anything else to get it to work, or if i make sure that its unlocked be enough? Also can it be a sprint phone? I know they are domestically locked but internationally unlocked, so even if its a bad esn will it work overseas if its internationally unlocked?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Sprint iphones are not internationaly unlocked unless the customer gets Sprint to unlock it and they approve it.
    So if you get a Sprint one you're risking buying a useless device.
    Get a Verizon one to be 100%
     
  3. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    fair enough. So if i get a verizon one with a bad esn, is it guaranteed to work overseas with a bad esn? My understanding is that the bad esn only makes it not work domestically. Is this correct?
     
  4. 617aircav Suspended

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    As long as your carrier does not share database with Verizon it will work.
     
  5. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    how would i find that out?
     
  6. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    That's correct
     
  7. 617aircav Suspended

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    Don't worry they don't.
     
  8. blacksurfer macrumors regular

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    It's done often. Good thing stolen phones are iTunes locked
     
  9. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i wouldn't get a stolen icloud locked phone. Not even sure if i would get an bad esn phone, was just doing research.
     

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